Mrs Showes

Standard Name: Showes, Mrs
Married Name: Mrs Showes
This obscure author, whose full name remains unknown, published at least four works at and just beyond the end of the eighteenth century. All her work, novels and shorter tales, either makes the claim to be translated from German or French, or is set in continental Europe. Her work is unpolished, with creaking, over-complex plots, large casts of characters, and melodramatic detail. But MS is of interest because she chooses, with some consistency, to write about issues which are both central and difficult in women's lives: of problems in marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. She strikingly anticipates particular elements in the work of more than one Victorian woman writer.


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Another forerunner, whether or not she was conscious of it, was Biography of a Spaniel, included by the obscure Mrs Showes in a collection of short fiction translated from German, called Interesting Tales...


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