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Apart from her warm and witty private correspondence, Constance Lytton is remembered as a writer solely in connection with her early-twentieth-century suffrage involvement, particularly her one-woman campaign to prove that the British government was treating political prisoners unequally according to their social rank or class status. She was a highly effective public speaker and a tireless writer of letters to the Times; she also published a pamphlet and a book about the same issues.
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12 February 1869 Lady CL was born in Vienna, where her father was then at the British embassy. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1888 CL, still in her teens, wrote to her aunt Theresa Earle a remarkable letter of self-analysis and self-explanation which Earle printed, anonymously, in her Memoirs and Memories, 1911. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early March 1914 In Prison and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences CL related her own years as a suffragist, and especially her imprisonment and her personal discovery of the different treatment allotted to prisoners according to their social class. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 May 1923 CL died at the bed-sittingroom she had just moved into in London (once the lodging of Olive Schreiner) at the early age of fifty-three. Bibliographic Citation link.
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