Emily Jane Pfeiffer

Standard Name: Pfeiffer, Emily Jane
Birth Name: Emily Jane Davis
Married Name: Emily Jane Pfeiffer
Mid-Victorian feminist EJP published during the latter half of the nineteenth century. She composed three lengthy narrative poems, six volumes of other poetry, a work documenting her travels, a play, a work of prose fantasy, and, for prominent periodicals, a number of essays. She was particularly admired for her work in the sonnet form. Recurring across various genres is her unflinching depiction of the stunting and even violent impact of marriage on women. Despite her versatility, the originality of her mature work, and the force of her social analysis, her strong critical reputation has waned steeply since her death.


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Friends, Associates Frances Power Cobbe
Friends, Associates Emily Hickey
On her first visit she stayed in the home of publisher Alexander Macmillan and was introduced to the wonders of London's literary society. Through him she met Louisa Brough and other leaders in the struggle...
Friends, Associates Harriet Hamilton King
HHK enjoyed lifelong friendships with the poets Emily Hickey and Emily Pfeiffer .
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
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Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Barrett Browning
American poet Emily Dickinson loved EBB 's poetry. The language of Aurora Leigh crops up throughout her oeuvre, and she recalls the transformative experience, sanctifying the soul, of her early reading in one poem: I...
Occupation Emily Davies
ED , as Mistress of Girton from 1872 to 1875, and later as its Honorary Secretary, remained closely involved in the fundraising and administration of the College after its founding. She kept up the pressure...
Occupation Maria Grey
The college was founded by the Teachers' Training and Registration Society in Bishopsgate Street, London, in order to ensure a sufficient number of competent teachers. In 1885 the Training College moved to a more...
politics Anna Swanwick
With Anthony John Mundella and Sir Joshua Fitch , AS fulfilled the wishes of the poet Emily Jane Pfeiffer and her husband Jurgen Edward Pfeiffer , who through their wills had left a substantial sum...


July 1889: Women's Suffrage: A Reply appeared in the...

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July 1889

Women's Suffrage: A Reply appeared in the Fortnightly Review to counter Mary Augusta Ward 's Appeal Against Female Suffrage in the previous month's Nineteenth Century.


Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Flowers of the Night. Trübner, 1889.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Flying Leaves from East and West. Field and Tuer, 1885.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Gerard’s Monument, and Other Poems. Trübner, 1873.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. “Introduction”. Sonnets and Songs (1880), edited by Cody Fife and Terence Allan Hoagwood, Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1998, pp. 5-13.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Margaret. Hurst and Blackett, 1861.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Poems. Strahan, 1876.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Sonnets and Songs. C. Kegan Paul, 1880.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Sonnets and Songs (1880). Editors Fife, Cody and Terence Allan Hoagwood, Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1998.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. The Holly Branch. Privately printed, 1843.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. “The Posthumous Critics of a Dead Poet, and Deathless Poetry”. Journal of pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Studies, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 89-101.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. The Rhyme of the Lady of the Rock. Kegan Paul, Trench, 1884.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. “The Suffrage for Women”. Contemporary Review, Vol.
, pp. 418-35.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. “The Tyranny of Fashion”. Cornhill Magazine, Vol.
, pp. 83-94.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. The Wynnes of Wynhavod. Kegan Paul, Trench, 1881.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Under the Aspens. Kegan Paul, Trench, 1882.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Valisneria. Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1857.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. “Woman’s Claim”. Contemporary Review, Vol.
, pp. 265-77.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Women and Work. Trübner, 1888.
Pfeiffer, Emily Jane. Women and Work. Cambridge University Press, 2010, http://www.cambridge.org/series/sSeries.asp?code=CLOR.