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Emma Frances Brooke, an often forgotten writer, Fabian, and feminist, caused a sensation in 1895 when she anonymously published her most famous work, the New Woman novel A Superfluous Woman, a vociferous attack on degenerate men. She had already issued a number of works under the pseudonym 'E. Fairfax Byrrne', beginning in 1881 with Milicent. A Poem. She continued to publish regularly until 1912: mostly novels, but also tracts and articles. In these, including the impressive A Tabulation of the Factory Laws of European Countries, she campaigned for the socialist and feminist transformation of society, which she also pursued through political action. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 December 1844 EFB was born in Bollington, Cheshire, apparently one of a family of at least four. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 12 July 1881 EFB published her first identified work, Milicent. A Poem, with C. Kegan Paul and Co. under the pseudonym 'E. Fairfax Byrrne'. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 2 March 1894 EFB published anonymously her best-known work, A Superfluous Woman, a polemical novel in three volumes with W. Heinemann, which explores the theme of the innocent female victim of venereal disease. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 31 March 1912 EFB published her final novel, The House of Robershaye, which features support for the cause of socialism alongside a portrait of an artist. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 November 1926 EFB died of cardiac degeneration and old age at a nursing home in Weybridge, Surrey. Bibliographic Citation link.
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