It had existed in manuscript in some form by 1877, when FD
drafted her First Preface to it.
Dixie, Florence, and George Jacob Holyoake. Isola. Leadenhall Press, 1903.
She dedicated the book to George Jacob Holyoakein admiration of his long and courageous fight...
, the dedicatee, in his prefatory piece (like W. Stewart Ross
commenting on The Story of Ijain) defends FD
's work not only by assertion (it is a a marvel of thought...
campaigned as the liberal candidate for North Camberwell on a platform of legal reform in favour of women's rights, as well as improved working conditions and wage increases for the working classes.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.