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The Morality of Marriage.
London: George Redway,, 1897. And other essays on the status and destiny of woman. Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, boards panelled in blind, small ring centrepiece to front board in gilt, edges uncut, partially unopened. Ownership stamps to front free endpaper. Light rubbing to extremities, spine ends bumped, free endpapers browned, a very good copy. First edition of the New Woman novelist's collection of essays on equality for women in marriage and for equal partnerships in the home, which were previously variously published in the Fortnightly Review, the Nineteenth Century, the North American Review, and the Westminster Review. "Her essays are frequently derisive and she employs irony to make her points about the repressive order of society which cannot separate wives from other types of property. As a progressive thinker, Caird sought legal reforms in childcare and divorce which would improve women's social positions by removing the stigmas of irresponsibility and ignorance. Her views have been the subject of late twentieth-century feminist literary criticism concentrated on how she approached the issue of social change in her fiction and her essays. Her efforts earned her the label of 'feminist' in her lifetime and she has been described by John Sutherland as 'one of the most aggressive of the New Woman novelists' (Sutherland, 99)" (ODNB).
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