Ivanka Kovačević and S. B. Kanner (essay date September 1970)
SOURCE: Kovačević, Ivanka and S. B. Kanner. “Blue Book Into Novel: The Forgotten Industrial Fiction of Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna.” Nineteenth-Century Fiction 25, no. 2 (September 1970): 152-73.
[In the following essay, Kovačević and Kanner reflect on the importance of Tonna as an author who was both “of her time and at the same time ahead of it.”]
Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, by her persistent reading of Government reports, laboured to penetrate the underground life of thousands of women hidden away in small and dirty shops. Her exhaustive treatment of so large a body of employment, unknown perhaps to all contemporary women but Harriet...
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