The Story of a Modern Woman

Ella Hepworth Dixon’s "The Story of a Modern Woman" originally appeared in serial form in the women’s weekly The Lady’s Pictorial. Like Hepworth Dixon was herself, the novel’s heroine Mary Erle is a woman writer struggling to make her living as a journalist in the 1880s. Forced by her father’s sudden death to support herself, Mary Erle turns to writing three-penny-a-line fiction, works that (as her editor insists) must have a ball in the first volume, a picnic and a parting in the second, and an opportune death in the third.


Steve Farmer is a lecturer in the Department of English at Arizona State University.

Cover of "The Story of a Modern Woman" featuring a photograph of a woman and a bicycle from the 1880s
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Broadview Press

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