Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Berthe Henry Buxton, 1844-1881
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At the age of sixteen, Berthe Buxton married Henry Buxton, a club manager and occasional writer. After fifteen years of marriage he became bankrupt and deserted her and her children. She turned to the stage and writing in order to support herself. In many of her novels she argues in favor of the "much-abused stage." Her novels feature strong female characters, and recurrent themes include English-European relations and blindness; she collaborated several times with the blind author W. W. Fenn.

In this letter, Buxton tells Bentley of favorable reviews of her Jennie of ‘The Prince’s’ and asks for confirmation that 500 volumes of the first edition were sold. She suggests that she should contact "the Baron" directly about a Tauchnitz edition of Jennie and asks Bentley for advice on how to approach the subject.

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[top] Berthe Buxton. Jennie of "The Prince's": a novel… London: R. Bentley, 1876. [bottom] Autograph letter to Bentley. October 5, [1876].
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