by Helen C. Black
edited by Troy J. Bassett and Catherine Pope
Notable Women Authors of the Day began life as a series of interviews published in the popular women’s magazine the Lady’s Pictorial. The 30 featured authors were among the most successful of the late nineteenth century, and many were household names.
The interviews offers a tantalising glimpse into the life the Victorian woman writer, revealing the challenges of balancing their personal and professional lives. Helen C. Black describes the author and her home, sharing with the reader details of domestic arrangements and writing habits. Told in the second person, the interviews create an immediacy and intimacy between the authors and the reader.
This Victorian Secrets edition includes:
- original portraits
- preface on Helen C. Black and the Lady’s Pictorial
- critical introduction
- explanatory footnotes
- updated profiles on the Notable Women
- suggestions for further reading
The text is based on the 1906 edition, including the following writers:
Troy J. Bassett is Assistant Professor of English & Linguistics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has published articles on the nineteenth-century literary marketplace and also maintains the website At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837-1901.
Catherine Pope is currently researching her doctoral thesis on Florence Marryat at the University of Sussex. She is also the founder of Victorian Secrets.