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Emily Gerard wrote and published novels, short stories, reviews, and a travel book during the late nineteenth and very early twentieth centuries. Her earliest novels were produced in collaboration with her more prolific younger sister, Dorothea. She wrote to please herself, with no anxieties about earnings. Her stories are plot-driven, often structured around some witty or paradoxical idea. Her novels are more nuanced and interesting, dealing with 'masculine' subject-matter like adventure, politics, or science, in which, however, gender issues are often involved.
7 May 1849 EG was born at Chesters, Jedburgh, near Airdrie in Roxburghshire, Scotland. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 10 March 1888 EG wrote and published in two volumes The Land Beyond the Forest. Facts, Figures, and Fancies from Transylvania, an account of the place and of her own experiences there. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1891 EG published the first of her novels in which her sister had no part: A Secret Mission, remarkable as an early spy novel by a woman, and for its depiction of female power. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
11 January 1905 EG died at Vienna, five weeks after the death of her husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 23 November 1906 EG's final work appeared posthumously: Honour's Glassy Bubble: A Story of Three Generations, a novel which attacks and imaginatively vanquishes a militaristic tradition of European patriarchy. Bibliographic Citation link.
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