by Egerton, George ; (pseudonym of Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright )
London and New York: John Lane: The Bodley Head. Very Good+. 1898. First American Edition. Brown Cloth. 156, 12 pages; Clean and tight in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front board. Stories include: The star worshipper; The elusive melody; The Mandrake Venus; The futile quest; The kingdom of dreams; The well of truth. Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright (1859 - 1945) was an early feminist and one of the most important of the "New Woman" writers of the nineteenth century fin de siècle. She was born in Australia to a Welsh Protestant mother, Isabel George, and an Irish Catholic father, Captain John J. Dunne, but spent most of her formative years in Dublin and considered herself "intensely Irish". She had exceptional linguistic skills and was fluent in a variety of languages fluently, including German, French, Norwegian, Swedish and RussianIn the 1880s she ran off with a married man to Norway where she immersed herself in the work of Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Ola Hansson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Knut Hamsun for two years. Subsequently, she became an avid translator of Norwegian literature in addition to her own literary endeavors. In 1893 her first book Keynotes was published (under her nom de plume George Egerton) at The Bodley Head; the book bore a very distinctive design by Aubrey Beardsley. The themes of sexual freedom, creativity and independence for women in this collection of short stories were the epitome of the "New Woman" of the 1890s. Her books were widely read, provoking murmurs of scandal among the less progressive Victorians. Egerton's innovations in both style and content presaged the modernist authors of the early 20th century, like Joyce and Lawrence. Her work influenced Thomas Hardy, in particular his "New Woman" character, Sue Bridehead, in Jude the Obscure. Holbrook Jackson also credits Egerton with the first mention of Friedrich Nietzsche in English literature (Keynotes in 1893, three years before the first of Nietzsche's works was translated into English). This work Fantasias is listed in both Bleiler and in Reginald's checklists. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 39147)
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