Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Sarah Stickney Ellis, 1812-1872
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Sarah Ellis was famous for writing a widely read series of improving books for women, beginning with The Women of England in 1839.

Like Hannah More a generation earlier, Sarah Ellis argued that it was the religious duty of women, as daughters, wives, and mothers, to provide the influence for good that would improve society. This claim appeared frequently in literature of the early Victorian period, and allowed women to assert a special role in shaping the moral character and destiny of the English nation.

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The Wives of England, Their Relative Duties, Domestic Influence, and Social Obligations. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1843.
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early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
L.T. Meade
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