Charlotte Eliza Humphry

Standard Name: Humphry, Charlotte Eliza
Used Form: Mrs C. E. Humphry
Birth Name: Charlotte Eliza Graham
Pseudonym: Madge
Mrs C. E. Humphry , a journalist at a time when the field was just opening up to women, began her career with a popular newspaper column aimed at women. This chatty column appeared in the society scandal journal Truth, under the pseudonym Madge: she is considered one of the originators of the women's gossip column. Following the success of her column, she published further journalism, books on etiquette, running a household, and the rules of behaviour in polite society for both women and men, whose roles are sharply separated. Her advice had widespread public appeal.


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Family and Intimate relationships Jean Rhys
While Lenglet was away in Holland, JR had to subsist with very little money. She stayed with a friend, the prominent Paris journalist and writer H. Pearl Adam (daughter of Mrs C. E. Humphry ...
Occupation John Oliver Hobbes
JOH was president of the Society of Women Journalists . Charlotte Eliza Humphry succeeded her.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Hobbes, John Oliver. The Life of John Oliver Hobbes. J. Murray.


1894: Newspaper proprietor Joseph Snell Wood founded...

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Newspaper proprietor Joseph Snell Wood founded the Society of Women Writers and Journalists ; launched in London, it has become an international organization.

December 1894: The monthly Sylvia's Journal (launched on...

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December 1894

The monthlySylvia's Journal (launched on 31 December 1864 as The Young Englishwoman) ceased publication.


Humphry, Charlotte Eliza. A Word to Women. James Bowden, 1898.
Humphry, Charlotte Eliza. “Girl’s Gossip”. Te Aroha News, Vol.
, No. 207, p. 3.
Humphry, Charlotte Eliza. “How to be Pretty Though Plain”. The University of Chicago Press Books.
Humphry, Charlotte Eliza. How to be Pretty Though Plain. James Bowden, 1899.
Humphry, Charlotte Eliza. Manners for Men. James Bowden, 1897.
Humphry, Charlotte Eliza. Manners for Women. James Bowden, 1897.
Humphry, Charlotte Eliza. “The Art of Good Living”. The Gentlewoman: An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Gentlewomen, Vol.
, No. 1094, p. 14.