ELIZA LYNN LINTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 6/7 - HFSID 73486
Sale Price $324.00
ELIZA LYNN LINTON
The nineteenth-century British writer, known for her anti-feminist opinions, send letter of thanks to a friend for the check, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "E. Lynn Linton" in black ink. 1 page, 4½x7¼ folded. Queen Anne's Mansions, St. James Park, London. June 7, no year. In full: "My dear Sir, I received your kind letter & cheque for 12/6 just as I was starting for this place. I had time only to endorse the cheque & get the useful silver pot. I thank you very much indeed. You were good & kind to remember me & these things are of far more value than the mere money worth of the transaction. Very sincerely yours". Eliza Lynn Linton (1822-1898) was a British novelist, essayist, and most memorably an anti-feminist journalist. Born into a family of clergymen, Linton's career began in London in 1845 as the protégé of poet Walter Savage Landor; the following year she released her first novels Azeth, The Egyptian (1847), Amymone (1848), and Realities (1851), none of which had much success. In 1848, Linton became the first female to ever be hired as a salaried journalist when hired to join the staff of the Morning Chronicle and later Household Words. She went on to write more than twenty novels including The True History of Joshua Davidson (1872), Patricia Kemball (1874) and Christopher Kirkland (1885). However, Linton is perhaps best known for her severe anti-feminist criticism, particularly in her essay "The Girl of the Period", a vehement attack on "The New Women" as the educated, professionally-aspiring feminist of the mid-Victorian period was known, which was published by the Saturday Review in 1868, as well as her essay "Wild Women as Politicians" (1891) claiming that politics was naturally the sphere of men, as was fame of any sort; she claimed "Amongst our most renowned women are some who say with their whole heart, 'I would rather have been the wife of a great man, or the mother of a hero, than what I am, famous in my own person'". Normal mailing folds. Toned. Few ink stains throughout. Slightly worn and soiled. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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