This absorbing account of the life and work of Clara Collet, a leading economist, statistician and champion of women's employment, is the first biography of this remarkable woman and reveals through Collet's diaries her fascinating personal life. An early female university graduate (1880), then teacher, she campaigned for the secondary education provision of girls at a time when it was negligible. Her other major contribution was in raising the status of working-class women, becoming a Commissioner for the Royal Commission on Labour (1892). She was close to the family of Karl Marx, particularly with Eleanor Marx, and with Beatrice Webb. Her enduring friendship with the cult Victorian author George Gissing deeply influenced his writing. Her working relationships with Charles Booth, Lloyd George, Ramsay MacDonald and Winston Churchill are also celebrated
Deborah McDonald is the author of two biographies. 'Clara Collet: 1860-1948, An Educated Working Woman,' records the life of this amazing Victorian statistician/economist who had a close association with the author George Gissing and who engaged in a war of words with HG Wells. It contains a bibliography of Collet's work invaluable for students of Victorian/Edwardian Britain.
Her second book,'The Prince, His Tutor and the Ripper,' unravels the truth about Jack the Ripper and the Royal connection. McDonald looks at the life of Ripper suspects JK Stephen and Prince Eddy and studies the mystery surrounding the death of Montague Druitt.
She is at present working on a biography of Moura Budberg: Russian spy, lover to Maxim Gorky, HG Wells, and Robert Bruce Lockhart. Friend of the Prince of Wales and Mrs Simpson, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Alexander Korda, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham and almost every other prominent person in London and Russia during the first half of the 19th century. She was a true Red Mata Hari.
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