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Catharine Amy Dawson Scott was first a poet; then after a long break in her publishing career she produced almost twenty novels, including works that make her a significant regional novelist of the Cornish coast. She also wrote plays, a travel book, short stories, and books about the occult and her psychic experiences. Both her poetry and fiction express her feminist conviction of the necessity of women's sexual, personal, and financial freedom. Her work was progressive for its era, tackling taboo subjects such as domestic violence, adultery, and premarital sex. She achieved critical commendation, but never a particularly wide readership, and is chiefly remembered today for having founded the literary organization PEN.
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31 August 1865 Catharine Amy Dawson, who became CADS, was born at the Gothic Lodge in Dulwich, South London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 10 October 1889 C. A. Dawson (later CADS) published her 210-page feminist epic poem Sappho, at her own expense with Kegan Paul. Bibliographic Citation link.
By June 1910 CADS published Madcap Jane; or, Youth, the second novel in her Some Wives trilogy (though it bears no direct reference to the others in the trilogy). It had illustrations by Mabel Ince. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 9 November 1933 CADS published her final novel, The House in the Hollow, the year before her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 November 1934 CADS died in a London hospital of a duodenal ulcer. Bibliographic Citation link.
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