Eliza Lynn Linton

Standard Name: Linton, Eliza Lynn
Birth Name: Elizabeth Lynn
Married Name: Elizabeth Linton
Indexed Name: Mrs Lynn Linton
Indexed Name: E. Lynn Linton
ELL was a Victorian novelist and memoirist whose historical importance rests largely on her pioneering role as a professional journalist who blazed a trail for her sex. She both held and promoted radical views early in life. Nevertheless, as is well known, many of her 200 periodical contributions are antifeminist essays which celebrate traditional women in traditional roles, and ridicule attempts at new departures for women as either a fad or a sham.
Photo of a carbon print of Eliza Lynn Linton by W. and D. Downey, published by Cassell, 1890. She sits at a small chinoiserie table with lattice-style legs, as if paused in the act of writing on a sheaf of papers. Her right hand holds a pen; her chin rests on her left. She has a broad face with wire spectacles perched on her nose, and wears a white cap and a dark (black?) dress in several layers, with lace at the wrists and a good deal of dark decoration including jet beads sewn on. She has a metal cuff bra
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death Julia Pardoe
In her last days she suffered badly from insomnia. According to Eliza Lynn Linton she died in bitter poverty, in a top room somewhere in or about Baker Street, deserted by the gay world...
Education C. E. Plumptre
Though nothing is know of CEP 's early education, in later life she kept an extensive library. On visiting her, Frederick James Gould noted that it was selected and arranged in an impressive order which...
Family and Intimate relationships Margery Lawrence
He worked mostly in meals for hotels and railways, but served on government food committees in both world wars.
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
(2 September 1948): 6
Curiously, ML describes her marrying him in a poem titled Aspasia Married...
Family and Intimate relationships Agnes Strickland
The relationship between Agnes and Elizabeth, the writing partners, was extremely close. Eliza Lynn Linton writes of the devoted love and subservience of Elizabeth, the working bee, to Agnes, the caressed and fêted butterfly.
Linton, Eliza Lynn, and Beatrice Harraden. My Literary Life. Hodder and Stoughton, 1899.
Friends, Associates Mrs Alexander
In London, Annie French joined a literary circle which included Anna Maria Hall , Eliza Lynn Linton , and W. H. Wills , co-editor of Household Words.
Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press, 1989.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder, 1908.
Linton introduced her to author Joshua Davidson
Friends, Associates George Eliot
In addition to his intellectual heterodoxy, Charles Bray was a sexual nonconformist. He had several illegitimate children, of whom he and his wife adopted at least one. GE may or may not have known about...
Friends, Associates Herbert Spencer
His broad social circle included several other women writers. Frances Power Cobbe , Eliza Lynn Linton , Matilda Betham-Edwards , and sisters Maria Grey and Emily Shirreff , were all his acquaintances. Later in life...
Friends, Associates Kate Parry Frye
KPF met Millicent Garrett Fawcett in 1896.
Frye, Kate Parry. “Introduction”. Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary, edited by Elizabeth Crawford, Francis Boutle Publishers, 2013, pp. 9 - 34.
Her diary mentions meeting briefly many leaders in the suffrage campaign. Her fellow activists and sympathizers included: sisters Alexandra and Gladys Wright ; Sanitary Inspector and fellow...
Friends, Associates Thomas Moore
His social circle included prominent literary women: Mary Tighe , sisters Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) and Olivia Clarke , Mary Shelley , Marguerite Blessington , Louisa Stuart Costello , and Caroline Norton . He knew...
Friends, Associates Beatrice Harraden
BH described herself as the literary god-daughter of Eliza Lynn Linton . (Her literary godfather was William Blackwood ). Her first meeting with Linton (the turning-point of her life, she wrote)
Harraden, Beatrice. “Mrs. Lynn Linton”. The Bookman, pp. 16 -17.
took place in...
Friends, Associates Beatrice Harraden
Apart from Eliza Lynn Linton , her close literary friends included Evelyn Glover , Catharine Amy Dawson Scott , Evelyn Sharp , and Flora Annie Steel (with whom she corresponded).
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Hume Clapperton
Unlike many of her feminist contemporaries who refused association with author Eliza Lynn Linton on any matter, JHC approvingly cites Linton's Universal Review article The Philosophy of Marriage, September 1888, which suggested that divorce...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Power Cobbe
This is a social progressivist argument, trading in chauvinistic notions of British cultural and racial superiority, and strongly dependent on the notion of inherited proclivities as well as faith in social systems as shapers of...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Power Cobbe
FPC continued to promote women's writing and women's causes in tandem, in such places as her writings in 1869 and 1870 on Dinah Craik 's A Brave Lady, a fictional illustration of the need...
Intertextuality and Influence Louisa May Alcott
In a preface to the volume Alcott declares that her heroine, Polly, is not intended as a perfect model, but as a possible improvement upon [Eliza Lynn Linton 's] Girl of the Period, who...


6 July 1839
In A Diary in America, Frederick Marryat promoted the stereotype that middle-class Americans adhered to a more strict paradigm of prudishness than their British counterparts, and apparently gave rise to the myth that Victorians...
A bill to legalize marriage between a man and his deceased wife's sister was introduced in the House of Commons . It did not pass.
2 May 1857
A grand dome designed by Panizzi was opened in what had been the central courtyard of the British Museum .
John Maxwell sold Belgravia to Chatto and Windus , ending Mary Elizabeth Braddon 's association with the monthly.
Late 1888
Harry Quilter published Is Marriage a Failure?, a collection of contributions to the debate aroused by Mona Caird 's critique of marriage.
19 March 1891
The ruling in R. v Jackson established that it was illegal in Britain for a husband to beat or imprison his wife.