The Story of a Modern Woman

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The Story of a Modern Woman is a novel written by English author Ella Hepworth Dixon. The novel was first published in 1894 and is an example of the "New Woman" genre of late-Victorian England.[1] The life of the protagonist, Mary Erle, loosely follows that of Hepworth Dixon: both the author and the character turned to journalism as a way of sustaining themselves after the death of their fathers.[2]

Publisher's description[edit]

"Ella Hepworth Dixon's The Story of a Modern Woman originally appeared in serial form in the women's weekly The Lady's Pictorial. Like Hepworth Dixon herself, the novel's heroine Mary Erle is a woman writer struggling to make her living as a journalist in the 1880s. Forced by her father's sudden death to support herself, Mary Erle turns to writing three-penny-a-line fiction, works that (as her editor insists) must have a ball in the first volume, a picnic and a parting in the second, and an opportune death in the third."[3]

External links[edit]

The full novel is available online as part of the Victorian Women Writers Project [1].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dixon, Ella Hepworth. "The Story of a Modern Woman." Ed. Steve Farmer. Broadview Literary Texts: Toronto, 2004.
  2. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=Rj1bqq4RVbEC&lpg=PP1&ots=lQtZLDpJay&dq=the%20story%20of%20a%20modern%20woman&pg=PA37#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  3. ^ http://www.broadviewpress.com/product.php?productid=657