internationally probably the best-known feminist writer and theorist from the 1880s through to the 1930s.
Much of her writing strongly advocates a more democratic, just, free society, using to do so the art of allegory and the parable. Her early novels were followed by a large number of political essays. Later, she published the feminist testament which made her an icon in the women's movement in the early decades of the twentieth century. She carried on a voluminous correspondence with many family members and friends, the latter including
. Several volumes of these have been published posthumously, as were two early novels which she deemed unpublishable during her lifetime.
was a political and social activist as well as a writer. Her biographer Liz Stanley says she was