Nigel Cross (essay date 1985)
SOURCE: Cross, Nigel. “The Female Drudge: Women Novelists and their Publishers.” In The Common Writer: Life in Nineteenth-Century Grub Street, pp. 164-203. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
[In the following excerpt, Cross documents the economic hardships common to nineteenth-century women writers, torn between society's expectations of the female's proper role and the necessity of earning a living.]
Throughout the nineteenth century and especially in the Victorian age women writers were distinguished from men not so much by their works as by their sex. Women of such different styles and temperaments as Caroline Norton, Charlotte Yonge and George Eliot...
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