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Eliza Lynn Linton was a Victorian novelist and memoirist whose historical importance rests largely on her pioneering role as a professional journalist who blazed a trail for her sex. She both held and promoted radical views early in life. Nevertheless, as is well known, many of her 200 periodical contributions are antifeminist essays which celebrate traditional women in traditional roles, and ridicule attempts at new departures for women as either a fad or a sham.
10 February 1822 Eliza Lynn, later Linton, was born at Crosthwaite Vicarage near Keswick in Cumberland, the youngest of twelve children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1845 Eliza Lynn, later Linton, first reached print with a poem entitled "The National Convention of the Gods", for which she received two guineas in payment from Ainsworth's Magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 March 1868 ELL published the most famous of her series of anonymous 'middle' essays for the Saturday Review on topics involving women (education, marriage, employment): "The Girl of the Period". Bibliographic Citation link.
12 May 1870 ELL published another in her controversial Saturday Review essays, attacking radical or progressive women, "the 'shrieking sisterhood,'" or those who sought the vote. Bibliographic Citation link.
January-December 1880 ELL's first 'New Woman' novel (a phrase which was not to become current for several more years), The Rebel of the Family was serialized in Temple Bar. It appeared in volume form the same year. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
19 November 1883 ELL published at London and New York, with her name, The Girl of the Period, and Other Social Essays, fifteen years after their periodical printing and years after two of the essays appeared at New York as a pamphlet. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 July 1898 ELL died of pneumonia at Queen Anne's Mansions in London, where she was on a visit from Malvern. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late 1899 ELL's My Literary Life appeared posthumously, edited by Beatrice Harraden: titled thus on the title-page and spine, it is in the half-title and elsewhere called Reminiscences of Dickens, Thackeray, George Eliot, etc. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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