Monday, March 5, 2012

On March 5

On this day in ...
... 1882 (130 years ago today), Dora Marsden (right) was born in the community of Marsden in Yorkshire, England. When she was about 8, economic reversals led her father and eldest brother to leave for America while her mother worked as a seamstress. At 13, she began to work as a tutor, and after attending what's now Victoria University in Manchester, she became a schoolteacher. (photo credit) Active in the women's suffrage movement even as a student, she would work full-time for the Women's Social and Political Union for a couple years. From 1911 on, Marsden devoted herself to publishing, serving as editor of feminist, modernist magazines whose patron was Harriet Shaw Weaver: The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist. The last was the 1st to publish "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce. Following the poor reception accorded her own writings, The Definition of the Godhead (1928) and Mysteries of Christianity (1930), Marsden suffered a breakdown. She died in 1960, having spent the last quarter-century of her life as a patient in a psychological institution in Scotland.

(Prior March 5 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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