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By Elaine Showalter

 At the flip of the century, brief tales by--and frequently about--"New ladies" flooded the pages English and American magazines akin to the Atlantic per 30 days, Harpers, and the Yellow booklet. This bold new fiction, frequently leading edge in shape and brave in its candid representations of lady sexuality, marital discontent, and feminist protest, stunned Victorian critics, who denounced the authors as "literary degenerates" or "erotomaniacs." This assortment brings jointly twenty of the main unique and demanding tales from this era. The writers incorporated during this hugely readable quantity are Kate Chopin, Victoria go, George Egerton, Julia Constance Fletcher, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand, Vernon Lee, Ada Leverson, Charlotte Mew, Olive Schreiner, Edith Wharton, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and Mabel E. Wotton. As Elaine Showalter exhibits in her creation, the fast fiction of the Fin-de-Siecle is the lacking hyperlink among the Golden Age of Victorian ladies writers and the recent period of feminist modernism. Elaine Showalter is a professor of English at Princeton collage. She is the writer of A Literature in their personal, the feminine illness, and different books, and editor of different Alcott, a quantity within the American ladies Writers Series 

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