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Elizabeth Robins's political commitment to feminism is evident throughout her plays, novels, travel writing, and essays, in which she addresses issues ranging from women's suffrage to the 'rest cure' and 'white slave' trade. Through much of her writing career (which spanned a decade of the nineteenth century and four decades of the twentieth) she insisted on maintaining anonymity despite pressure from her publishers to capitalize on her fame as an actress.
6 August 1862 ER was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Bibliographic Citation link.
July 1890 The first publication by ER appeared: "Across America with 'Junius Brutus Booth'", in The Universal Review. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 April 1907 ER's suffrage play, Votes for Women (one of the earliest in the genre), was first performed at the Court Theatre. Bibliographic Citation link.
1942 The Hogarth Press printed, for private circulation only, ER's Portrait of a Lady, or The English Spirit Old and New, a memoir of Elizabeth Yates Thompson, the shy philanthropist daughter of publisher George Smith, who with her husband endowed the library of Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1897. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 May 1952 ER died in Brighton, at the age of ninety. Bibliographic Citation link.
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