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A Woman's Thoughts about Women (Cambridge Library Collection - Women's Writing)by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
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Dinah Craik (1826-1887) was a prolific writer of fiction, poetry and essays. She was best known for her novels, which appropriated well-worked narratives of individuals triumphing over adversity through hard work and moral integrity against a backdrop of industrialisation and the ascent of the middle classes. The most successful, John Halifax, Gentleman, tells the tale of a boy who works his way out of poverty. Craik herself was familiar with hardship: her father Thomas Mulock, a nonconformist minister, had spent periods confined to a lunatic asylum, and abandoned his children after his wife's death in 1854. In this work (originally published serially in Chambers's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts), Craik provided support and advice for single women like herself. She was highly critical of learned helplessness and advocated independence and cross-class sympathy, believing women should 'lead active, intelligent, industrious lives: lives complete in themselves'.
Dinah Craik's A Woman's Thoughts about Women contains advice for single women on how to 'lead active, intelligent, industrious lives'.
Dinah Craik (1826-1887) was a prolific writer of novels, poetry and essays. In this work Craik provided advice for single women like herself. She was critical of learned helplessness and advocated independence and cross-class sympathy, believing women should 'lead active, intelligent, industrious lives: lives complete in themselves'.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Something to do; 2. Self-dependence; 3. Female professions; 4. Female handicrafts; 5. Female servants; 6. The mistress of a family; 7. Female friendships; 8. Gossip; 9. Women of the world; 10. Happy and unhappy women; 11. Lost women; 12. Women growing old.
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