Her stories (five volumes) challenged convention not only in their frank treatment of female sexuality, but also in breaking with the conventions of Victorian realism. Often elliptical and impressionistic, they anticipate twentieth-century modernism in their focus on their characters' inner lives.
tried her hand at drama, but none of her three plays succeeded and only one made it to print. She also published a novel, a volume of love letters, and two translations. She left unpublished an incomplete autobiography, a journal, and another work. A selection of her letters appeared in 1958. Her heroines struggle to balance the desire for personal and professional freedom with the instinctual longing for love, both romantic and maternal.
(born Mary Chavelita Dunne), writer of New Woman short stories, has been called the first English writer to present female sexual drives explicitly as existing independently of and differently from male sexuality.