Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Charlotte Despard entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 25 January 2022.
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Charlotte Despard, who wrote and published during almost sixty years of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, began with romantic novels, then allowed her already existent interest in political issues to percolate into her fiction. From the time of the suffrage struggle she became an editor, a prolific journalist, and a pamphleteer. Some of her poetry reached print when she was in her nineties. Despite her great importance to the suffrage struggle and to Irish and other left-wing politics of her several generations, her diaries and letters remain unpublished.
15 June 1844 Charlotte French (later CD) was born at Ripple Vale in Kent, where her family had an estate. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 28 January 1874 CD published her first novel, the three-decker Chaste as Ice, Pure as Snow, which the Feminist Companion calls "forceful though overwritten". Bibliographic Citation link.
1884 CD's explicitly political short novel A Voice from the Dim-Millions purported to be the true story of a 'Working-Woman', written by her and only edited by CD. It had a frontispiece by F. Barnard. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 November 1939 CD died at ninety-five, bankrupt, in hospital after a fall at her home, Nead na Gaoithe in Whitehead near Belfast. Bibliographic Citation link.
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