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Mona Caird, until recently very little remembered, caused a sensation in 1888 with her articles calling for reform in marriage practices. She was already at that date a published novelist, and went on issuing novels until 1931, the year before her death, as well as essays, short stories, travel writing, and journalism. She was an important member of the group of New Woman writers of the 1890s, and campaigned in fiction and non-fiction for a group of related causes: improved status for women (in education, marriage, divorce, child-rearing, job opportunities, and voting rights), anti-vivisection, pacificism, and international co-operation. She was a writer of high intellectual ability, and her characteristic tone is trenchant, satirical, and often bleakly comic.
24 May 1854 Alice Mona Alison, who later wrote as MC, was born at 34 Pier Street in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. She remained an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1888 Mona Caird's signed article "Marriage" appeared in the Westminster Review, instigating "the most famous newspaper controversy of the nineteenth century", Bibliographic Citation link. as a recent critic calls it. Bibliographic Citation link.
1894 One of MC's best-known novels appeared: The Daughters of Danaus (the first novel among the selection mentioned in the Times after her death, and reprinted by the Feminist Press in 1989). Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 16 July 1931 MC's The Great Wave, which appeared in the year before her death, was a novel with a mystical flavour. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 February 1932 MC died of colon cancer at her London house, 34 Woronzow Road, St John's Wood, aged eighty-one, after more than a decade as a widow. Bibliographic Citation link.
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