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Following a notorious suffrage career, Dora Marsden founded, edited, and wrote for the highly influential journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist. She then wrote several books on the intersections among philosophy, religion, and science. Repeating the pattern of her lifetime, much of the critical attention accorded to Marsden in recent decades has focussed primarily on her early feminist activities and associations, rather than her pursuits in The Egoist or her monographs.
5 March 1882 DM was born at her father's family home, The Hey, in the West Yorkshire village of Marsden. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 October 1908 DM published the first of her many articles in the WSPU journal Votes for Women. In this piece she covered a Union rally attended by about 50,000 in Huddersfield. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1912 Mary Gawthorpe resigned her co-editorship of The Freewoman after DM published there her explicit attack on the WSPU, "A Militant Psychology". Gawthorpe had disagreed with Marsden's position for some time. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1912 The Freewoman was banned from W. H. Smith shops because "the nature of certain articles which have been appearing lately are such as to render the paper unsuitable to be exposed on the bookstalls for general sale." Bibliographic Citation link.
10 October 1912 Under an editorial team that included DM and Rebecca West, the last issue of The Freewoman was published. Bibliographic Citation link.
1955 DM's pamphlet The Philosophy of Time was issued by Holywell Press. This was arranged by Harriet Shaw Weaver, as Marsden was then a resident patient at Crichton Royal Hospital. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 December 1960 DM died of a heart attack at her residence of twenty-five years, Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries. Bibliographic Citation link.
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