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Charlotte Eliza Humphry, a journalist at a time when the field was just opening up to women, began her career with a popular newspaper column aimed at women. This chatty column appeared in the society scandal journal Truth, under the pseudonym 'Madge': she is considered one of the originators of the women's gossip column. Following the success of her column, she published further journalism, books on etiquette, running a household, and the rules of behaviour in polite society for both women and men, whose roles are sharply separated. Her advice had widespread public appeal.
1851 Charlotte Eliza Graham was born, most probably in the city of Derry or Londonderry in Northern Ireland, where her father was attached to the cathedral. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably well before December 1883 CEH had established a regular column titled Girl's Gossip under her pen name 'Madge' for the widely-read and politically scandalous British weekly Truth. Bibliographic Citation link.
1897 Later in the same year as her Manners for Men, Charlotte Eliza Humphry targeted her own sex in Manners for Women, another popular social etiquette and self-improvement guide. Bibliographic Citation link.
1918 CEH published, with J. F. Shaw and Co. in London what appears to have been her last title, Points Worth Noting for Women. Two editions were called for, but it remains one of her more obscure works. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 April 1925 Mrs. C. E. Humphry died in Waverley Place in St John's Wood, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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