Emma Frances Brooke

Standard Name: Brooke, Emma Frances
Pseudonym: E. Fairfax Byrrne
Pseudonym: The Author of A Superfluous Woman
Emma Frances Brooke , an often forgotten writer, Fabian , and feminist, caused a sensation in 1895 when she anonymously published her most famous work, the New Woman novel A Superfluous Woman, a vociferous attack on degenerate men. She had already issued a number of works under the pseudonym E. Fairfax Byrrne, beginning in 1881 with Milicent. A Poem. She continued to publish regularly until 1912: mostly novels, but also tracts and articles. In these, including the impressive A Tabulation of the Factory Laws of European Countries, she campaigned for the socialist and feminist transformation of society, which she also pursued through political action.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
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Sutherland, John. The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press, 1989.
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Education Kate Parry Frye
She also educated herself through reading, and while still in her teens was recording her opinion of New Woman novels: Sarah Grand 's The Heavenly Twins, 1893, and Emma Frances Brooke 's A Superfluous...
politics Jane Hume Clapperton
Among others the committee also included Clementina Black , Beatrice Webb , and Maud Pember Reeves . It was attended by Emma Brooke and Isabella Ford .
Ishbel Maria Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen, editor. Women in Industrial Life: The International Congress of Women of 1899. T. Fisher Unwin, 1900.
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Textual Production Sarah Grand
An entire literary-social movement evolved alongside SG 's writings about the New Woman. New Woman fiction, amounting to a new genre, had already been produced by George Egerton in 1893, and was produced by Iota (Kathleen Caffyn)


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