Dora Marsden

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Following a notorious suffrage career, DM 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.
Black and white photograph of Dora Marsden, shown from the shoulders up, with her body turned away from the camera and her face turned to face the viewer. She is wearing a light high-necked dress, with a dark collar. Her hair is dark and pulled into a bun on either side of her head.
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Milestones

5 March 1882
DM was born at her father's family home, The Hey, in the West Yorkshire village of Marsden.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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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.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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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.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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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.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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10 October 1912
Under an editorial team that included DM and Rebecca West , the last issue of The Freewoman was published.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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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 .
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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13 December 1960
DM died of a heart attack at her residence of twenty-five years, Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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Biography

Birth and Family

5 March 1882
DM was born at her father's family home, The Hey, in the West Yorkshire village of Marsden.
Garner, Les. A Brave and Beautiful Spirit: Dora Marsden, 1882-1960. Avebury, 1990.
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