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Charlotte O'Conor Eccles succeeded in earning a living as a journalist in Dublin (in the 1880s) and London (1890s and early twentieth century). She published books on social and political matters, household management, and male conduct, as well as two novels, a translated novel, and a volume of stories. She died young. She is best remembered for her vivid account of her struggles to break into the male stronghold of Fleet Street.
1 November 1863 COCE was born at Roscommon in Ireland. She was the fourth daughter in her family, but the elder of the only two children who lived to grow up. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1893 Blackwood's Magazine carried COCE's "The Experience of a Woman Journalist", a hard-hitting account of "the immense difficulty a woman finds in getting into an office in any recognised capacity," especially in newspapers. Bibliographic Citation link.
1897 COCE chose the pseudonym 'Hal Godfrey' for her first and best-known novel, The Rejuvenation of Miss Semaphore. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1906 COCE published her second and final novel, The Matrimonial Lottery, with Eveleigh Nash, under her actual name. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 June 1911 COCE died of cerebral thrombosis at her home in Alexandra Road, St John's Wood, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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