Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: D'Arcy, Ella
Birth Name: Constance Eleanor Mary Byrne D'Arcy
Self-constructed Name: Ella
Pseudonym: Gilbert H. Page
was chiefly a short-story writer, known for her acerbic depictions of personal pain caused by the institution of marriage. Unlike other New Woman writers she shows no bias towards her own sex: her victims are as often male as female, her tormentors as often female as male. Her feminism can be seen in her emphasis on the restriction and frustration of women's lives. Her output was small, but includes one short novel and the translation from French of Ariel, a romanticized biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley
. This highly uncharacteristic work is her most famous, but her part in it is seldom mentioned.