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Ouida: The Dog-Intoxicated Novelist

On World Animal Day, it seems appropriate to celebrate perhaps the most devoted literary friend that the animal kingdom could ever have had pressed upon it. Ouida (born Maria Louisa Ramé, 1839-1908) was one of the most prominent writers of her generation, with over fifty bestselling titles including novels, short stories and non-fiction, which in turn inspired numerous film and stage adaptations. Although reportedly enjoyed by that ultimate Victorian literary worthy, Alfred Lord T...
04 Oct 2018
Dr Richard Espley

The Trial of a Trailblazing Woman in Publishing

It is 1877. We are sitting in an open court. On trial is a 29-year old woman. She is charged with having published an ‘obscene libel’ – a re-print of Fruits of Philosophy, a book about contraceptive methods, first published some 40 years earlier. She defends herself in front of an all-male jury.
01 Oct 2018
Mura Ghosh