Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Beeton, Isabella
Birth Name: Isabella Mary Mayson
Married Name: Isabella Mary Beeton
Used Form: Mrs Beeton
was the author of the classic book of household management which became a standard reference work for generations following her death—probably, says critic Michael Mason
, less common only than the Bible, Shakespeare and the poems of Scott
in better-off homes.
Mason, Michael. “A Little Pickle for the Husband”. London Review of Books, pp. 33-6.
It has been in print continuously since its appearance. IB
was a prolific journalist on domestic topics and fashion over the course of her brief career, and assisted with the editing of several magazines for women.
Bloom, Abigail Burnham, editor. Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers. Greenwood Press.
chose from her works eleven melancholy and religious couplets from Sorrow, for inclusion in his manuscript anthology presented to Lady Mary Lowther
at Christmas 1819. He omitted the later part of the poem...
Sarah Stickney Ellis
The prolific SSE
, author of thirty-four books, was the most popular writer of Victorian conduct literature. Her four advice books addressed women in the burgeoning middle class; she also wrote novels, poems, and didactic...
Catharine Parr Traill
, sister of the writers Elizabeth
and Agnes Strickland
and Susanna Moodie
, is best known for her naturalist writing about nineteenth-century Upper Canada. She was a letter-writer widely respected and eventually rewarded for...
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The change in subtitle since the book's serial publication seems calculated to reduce its offensiveness to pro-slavery readers. The book sold an astounding 10,000 copies in the first week and sales kept on at a...
Charlotte Eliza Humphry
In an interview featured in The Sketch in 1894, Mrs Humphry recalled that this was when she began her literary career, having always had a taste for writing.
“An Interview with "Madge" of ‘Truth’”. The Sketch, Vol.
, No. 78, p. 698.
Early on she worked with a Mrs...
1831: A severe epidemic of puerperal fever struck...
A severe epidemic of puerperal fever struck in Manchester.
1845: Eliza Acton published Modern Cookery for...
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published Modern Cookery for Private Families, which Elizabeth David
(who is credited with rescuing English food preparation from the slough into which it had fallen during the rationing and shortages during and...
Spring 1852: Clark, Beeton and Company was founded after...