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Isa Craig was a poet, journalist, editor, and novelist whose literary work was informed by the concerns of the mid-Victorian feminist movement. Her verse appeared in several periodicals, including the feminist English Woman's Journal, on whose staff she served. As assistant secretary of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science between 1857 and 1865, Isa Craig compiled and edited that organization's annual Transactions. Much of her journalistic writing and fiction is didactic in tone, evincing a concern with the struggles and moral reform of working-class daily life.
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17 October 1831 IC, poet, journalist, and feminist, was born in Edinburgh. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 21 June 1856 IC's first book of verse, Poems, a collection of her contributions to The Scotsman, was published in Edinburgh by Blackwood. Bibliographic Citation link.
1858 Annual Transactions of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science began to appear under IC's editorship, including some of the earliest reports of women's public, modern political speech in Britain. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
25 January 1859 IC was awarded first prize of fifty guineas at the Burns Centenary Festival for her "Ode" on Burns. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1882 A serial tale by IC, Hold Fast By Your Sundays, appeared anonymously as a volume after featuring in the working-class family magazine Home Words: this seems to be her latest publication. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 December 1903 IC, poet, novelist, and feminist organizer, died at Brockley in Suffolk. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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