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Sarah Grand is known as a late nineteenth-century women's rights campaigner and social reformer. She claimed to have coined the term 'New Woman' in her article "The New Aspect of the Woman Question", which appeared in the North American Review in March 1894. Her novel Ideala, 1888, was an early example of the New Woman novels which became increasingly popular, if controversial, among both female and male writers at the turn of the century. Her nine novels and three collections of short stories tend toward the didactic; she explicitly acknowledged her belief in writing as instruction rather than as art. Bibliographic Citation link. She also published a pamphlet on male-female relationships, as well as many articles and lectures on gender issues. She never tried to publish the poetry that she wrote for pleasure.
10 June 1854 Frances Elizabeth Bellenden Clarke (who later wrote as SG) was born in Bally Castle, Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland. She was the fourth of five children: three girls and two boys. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 February 1893 SG's three-volume novel The Heavenly Twins (the second in her feminist trilogy) was published under her pseudonym after being privately printed the year before. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 5 September 1922 SG published with Heinemann her last volume of short stories (and her final book): Variety. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 May 1943 SG died in her sleep at her home, The Grange, in Calne, Wiltshire; she was eighty-eight years old. Bibliographic Citation link.
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