Eliza Lynn Linton (1566 words)

May Witwit (University of Bedfordshire)
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Eliza Lynn Linton was a Victorian novelist and the first woman journalist in England to receive a fixed salary for her journalism. Born in Keswick, Cumbria, in 1822, she was the twelfth child of Rev. James Lynn, Vicar of Crosthwaite, and Charlotte, daughter of Samuel Goodenough, Bishop of Carlisle. The death of her mother when she was only five months old led to a chaotic upbringing; her father neglected both the household and the education of his children and Lynn was left to learn as best she could without pedagogical interference. Unhappy with her life at home and the authority imposed on her within the family, her questioning mind led her realise that freedom went hand in hand with financial independence and that the key to all that …

Citation: Witwit, May. "Eliza Lynn Linton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2750, accessed 23 January 2020.]

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