Florence Dixie

Standard Name: Dixie, Florence
Birth Name: Florence Caroline Douglas
Styled: Lady Florence Douglas
Nickname: Florrie
Married Name: Florence Caroline Dixie
Pseudonym: Darling
Pseudonym: Veritas
A highly unusual personality, Lady Florence Dixie was also a highly unusual late-Victorian writer. She was a precocious poet: the verses she claimed to have written in childhood awoke an extraordinary chorus of praise. She was the first female war correspondent ever assigned by a newspaper to report from a combat zone, and she went on to pursue political campaigns through speeches, monographs, and journalism. She published a number of passionately committed ideological and sometimes utopian novels and dramas supporting the causes she believed in, particularly equal status for women and the overthrow of organised religion. Much of her fiction, like her travel-writing, is autobiographical.
Black and white photo of Florence Dixie, used as frontispiece to her "Gloriana", 1890. She leans on a wooden railing, facing the viewer, wearing a sailor suit (white blouse with collar like a neckerchief. Her hair is short, with a short fringe. Beneath, her signature is reproduced: "faithfully yours, Florence Dixie."
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Dedications George Douglas
GD 's Nature's Nursling: A Romance from Real Life, issued under her married name of Lady Gertrude Stock, was dedicated to her sister Lady Florence DixieIn Memory of the Past.
Roberts, Brian. The Mad Bad Line. Hamish Hamilton, 1981.
Family and Intimate relationships George Douglas
The writer, traveller, and campaigner Lady Florence Dixie was GD 's younger and only sister.
Family and Intimate relationships George Douglas
Her younger sister Florence (later Lady Florence Dixie ) wrote forcefully that through the agency of unnatural laws, a great natural law was ignored and trampled under foot, linked lives were snapped asunder, and a...
politics F. Mabel Robinson
FMR became deeply interested in political debates and struggles around the issue of home rule for Ireland, and went so far as to carry secret messages back and forth between England and Ireland. This...
Textual Features Mary Stott
Why, Stott wonders, do national newspapers print so few leading articles by women, when Harriet Martineau was writing regular leaders for the Daily News back in the mid nineteenth century? Why has there never been...


18 September 1867
Fenians staged an attack in Manchester on a police van to gain the release of two Fenian prisoners who were arrested the week before; a policeman was killed. Later five men were tried for murder...
11 January-4 July 1879
Thousands were killed in the British war against the Zulu under chief Cetewayo or Cetshwayo in Zululand (now KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa.