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    Irish Women Freelance Writers and the Popular Press: An Army Beyond Literary Circles

    Rains, Stephanie (2017) Irish Women Freelance Writers and the Popular Press: An Army Beyond Literary Circles. English Literature in Transition, 60 (1). pp. 36-57. ISSN 0013-8339

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    This article considers the publishing careers of a small number of Irish women who worked as freelance journalists and authors in order to explore both their experiences as professional writers and the industry in which they worked. They are an illustrative sample of freelance writers of their era and their careers shed light on this vast, overlooked aspect of media history, especially that of the increasing numbers of women who sought to earn money from their writing in this period. Beginning to understand these women writers is a step towards better understanding the publishing industry commercial press. This article argues there was an army of periodical writers drawn from far beyond literary circles, who wrote while also working as typists or teachers, and who remained disconnected from other writers even as they regularly published stories and articles over several decades.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: women’s magazines and even newspapers; Irish Women Freelance Writers; publishing industry’s commercial press; 1870 Education Act; fin‐de‐siècle journalism; Haddie McMahon; Maud E. Sargent; Nellie M. Sargent; Eleanore G. Norman; M. Evelyn Cuthbert; Richard Marsh; Arnold Bennett; Weekly Irish Times; Ireland’s Own; The Irish Packet; The Irish Times; The Freeman’s Journal; The Cork Examiner; Society Pictorial and Irish Court Journal; Lady of the House;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 11761
    Depositing User: Stephanie Rains
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 16:42
    Journal or Publication Title: English Literature in Transition
    Publisher: University of North Carolina
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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