Grant Allen

Standard Name: Allen, Grant


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death Amy Levy
The following year the novelist Grant Allen , an opponent of higher education for women, attributed her suicide directly to her time at university. Beckman considers many possible reasons—a broken love-affair, her lesbianism, her deafness...
Family and Intimate relationships Agnes Maule Machar
Grant Allen , a prolific writer of naturalist fiction and non-fiction who was actively publishing at the same time as AMM , was her brother-in-law.
Gerson, Carole, and Agnes Maule Machar. “Introduction”. Roland Graeme, Knight, Tecumseh Press, p. vii - xxiv.
He moved to England in his teens, via the...
Friends, Associates Flora Thompson
Grayshott offered more extensive opportunities. As well as offering the usual library and penny readings, it was a centre for literary celebrities. During her work in the post-office FT observed and caught snatches of the...
Friends, Associates Katherine Cecil Thurston
Through the New Vagabonds Club , KCT may have met several other prominent authors of the day, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Grant Allen , Pearl Craigie (who went by the pseudonym John Oliver...
Intertextuality and Influence George Egerton
Pleased with the book's success, Lane introduced a fiction series named after it: Keynotes.
Stetz, Margaret. “Keynotes: A New Woman, Her Publisher, and Her Material”. Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 89-107.
The series included Grant Allen 's The Woman Who Did and The British Barbarians: A Hill-Top Novel (both 1895),...
Literary responses Victoria Cross
The Athenæum's review began by asserting that if The Woman Who Didn't was intended to provide a rejoinder to Grant Allen 's novel, then it had failed to do so. Moreover, it failed more...
Literary responses Kathleen Caffyn
Her contemporary Hugh Stutfield grouped KC together with Sarah Grand and Grant Allen as members of the purity school. Gail Cunningham notes that these authors were seen to valorize a feminine ideal and sphere...
Literary responses Mary Augusta Ward
Reviews were positive. Novelist Margaret Woods felt that the archaic world it depicted was the root of Marcella's charm.
Watters, Tamie, and Mary Augusta Ward. “Introduction”. Marcella, Virago, p. vii - xvi.
Margaret Oliphant criticised the author in Blackwood's for asking readers to surrender all our...
politics Hannah Lynch
Barine lived as a New Woman in her independence and her intellectual productivity, but her style was self-consciously feminine, and she deplored the left-wing feminism of writers like Olive Schreiner and George Egerton , whom...
Publishing Mary Angela Dickens
MAD published her story The Catch of the Season in The Strand Magazine. The issue also features writing by Arthur Conan Doyle and Grant Allen .
Dickens, Mary Angela. “The Catch of the Season”. The Strand Magazine, Vol.
, No. 79, pp. 66-72.
Publishing B. M. Croker
In 1894 stories by BMC appeared in the Christmas numbers of London Society (along with others by John Strange Winter and Alice Perrin ) and the Graphic (along with others by Grant Allen and Robert Buchanan
Reception Ménie Muriel Dowie
MMD 's second publication after the wildly popular A Girl in the Karpathians was reasonably successful for a first novel, but its reception by the general reading public was perhaps not as enthusiastic as [the...
Textual Features Sophie Veitch
In Ethics and Art in Recent Novels, SV again fits notice of nine novels into a review which also expounds her view of literary morality, along the same lines as her fiction. She begins...
Textual Production Victoria Cross
Little of the critical speculation about the genealogy of The Woman Who Didn't has been confirmed. Charlotte Mitchell posits that the risqué subject matter of the novel VC produced after signing a contract with Lane
Textual Production Evelyn Sharp
Lane accepted the novel in November 1894 for his series called after George Egerton 's Keynotes.
John, Angela V. Evelyn Sharp: Rebel Woman, 1869–1955. Manchester University Press.
It appeared on the recommendation of Lane's readers John Davidson and Richard Le Gallienne , with Aubrey Beardsley


October 1889: Grant Allen's eugenicist essay Plain Words...

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October 1889

Grant Allen 's eugenicist essay Plain Words on the Woman Question in the Fortnightly Review argued that every woman, especially of the middle or upper class, had a duty to produce a minimum of four children.

February 1895: Grant Allen published his best-selling novel...

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February 1895

Grant Allen published his best-selling novel entitled The Woman Who Did; it was Keynotes Series no. 8.

1896: Grant Allen published A Splendid Sin, which...

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Grant Allen published A Splendid Sin, which was influenced by the psychological ideas of Henry Maudsley .

June 1897: The first issue of The Adult, a periodical...

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June 1897

The first issue of The Adult, a periodical from the Legitimation League , appeared: it campaigned for the rights of the illegitimate and for sex education.

31 May 1898: George Bedborough, secretary of the Legitimation...

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31 May 1898

George Bedborough , secretary of the Legitimation League which sought to change the law to improve the position of illegitimate children, was arrested, largely in an attempt to damage the League through him.


Allen, Grant. “Plain Words on the Woman Question”. Fortnightly Review, Vol.
, pp. 448-58.