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"The Story of a Modern Woman is both the tale of a woman's struggle to realize her independence as a professional writer and the story of modern London itself. On the verge of a new century, the crowded, gas-lit metropolis is depicted to almost cinematic effect as both the greatest obstacle to a woman's self-realization, and her surest hope for the future. Steve Farmer's splendid new edition allows us to fully appreciate Hepworth Dixon's achievement, providing a well-chosen selection of essays and articles that sets the novel within the context of the major intellectual and cultural debates of the fin de siecle. This is a most welcome addition to our understanding of the New Woman."--Christopher Keep --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Steve Farmer teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature at Arizona State University, Tempe. He is the editor of the Broadview editions of Wilkie Collins's Heart and Science (1996) and The Moonstone (1999). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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GLARING spring sunshine and a piercing east wind rioted out of doors, and here and there overflowing flower-baskets made startling patches of colour agianst the vague blue-grey of the streets, but indoors, in the tall London house, there was only a sickly, yellow twilight, for the orange-toned blinds were scrupulously drawn down. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The New Woman is back! 26 Mar. 2009
By Patto - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a great fan of the classic Victorian novel, and this fin de siècle novel (1894) reads just like one - except that romances go hopelessly wrong and tenderly raised young women have to go out and earn a living.

On the sudden death of her father, Mary Earle finds herself scantily provided for by the great man of science. She turns first to Art, then to journalism, to support herself and her younger brother. Through hard work and determination, she becomes a professional - but happiness is more elusive.

While some women in the story are crushed by the hypocrisy of Victorian-age men and mores, Mary Earle is a survivor. Her new morality is depicted as stronger and better than the old morality.

Although the novel is written to make a point about Society vs. the New Woman, it's also an absorbing narrative, well written and full of moving scenes and vibrant characters.

The excellent introduction is both readable and scholarly. And for students of the period there are appendices of related historical documents. Thanks go to Broadview for reprinting this book.
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DO NOT BUY 13 Nov. 2012
By Lisa - Published on
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Do not buy this if you actually want to read the book. It is a pdf of the book and only in half pages. Who sells this? They shouldn't be allowed to sell things on amazon. I want my money back. You can take the book off my kindle. I don't care. Look inside the book before you buy.
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