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The life and work of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, with particular reference to the period 1907 to 1931

Smalley, Roger;
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  • Country: United Kingdom
Ethel Carnie Holdsworth confronted the problems faced by the British working class in the early twentieth century in a fresh way. She believed that writing could change attitudes, and between 1907 and 1931 she endeavoured to practice that conviction through\ud journalism, poetry and fiction in order to make her dream of a fairer society come true. Despite working in Lancashire cotton mills from 1897 when she was eleven, until the end of the First World War, she established a substantial audience for her views in the popular press and through romantic novels, and supported the impact she made in this way by verse, the use of film as propaganda, and involvement in...
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3.5. This Slavery, 1925

3.6 The Quest of the Golden Garter, 1927

3.7. Barbara Dennison, 1929

Ethel Carnie in 1907

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(12)See Women Folk, 23 May 1910, p.163. Here Ethel Carnie criticises writing which merely entertains and calls for it to make people think by offering them ideas.

1931. Sales figures are only available for Helen of Four Gates (1917) -

6. Contemporary Fiction Barbour, H.C., Against The Red Sky (C.W.Daniel Ltd., London, 1922).

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1. Books and Articles Adam, R., A Woman's Place 1910-1975 (Chatto and Windus, London, 1975).

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