The Iron Woman (novel)

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The Iron Woman
Author Margaret Deland
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Harper & Brothers
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 477
OCLC 271600
Preceded by The Awakening of Helena Richie
Followed by The Rising Tide

The Iron Woman is a novel of manners by the American writer Margaret Deland (1857–1945) set in the 19th century fictional locale of Mercer, an Ohio River community that represents Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The novel tells the story of Mrs. Maitland, a leathery old widow who owns and operates an iron mill. Her devotion to a Puritanical work ethic alienates her son Blair, who though he stands to inherit the business, is headstrong and in love with Elizabeth Ferguson, a match Mrs. Maitland disapproves of.

It was first published in installments in Harper's Monthly from November 1910 through October 1911.


  • Deland, Margaret (1911). The Iron Woman. New York: Harper & Brothers. 
  • Demarest, David P. (1976). From These Hills, From These Valleys: Selected Fiction about Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-1123-X. 
  • Reep, Diana C. (1985). Margaret Deland. Boston: Twayne Publishers. ISBN 0-8057-7420-3. 

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