George Egerton: Keynotes (1723 words)

Published in 1893, George Egerton’s Keynotes was an immediate success, ushering in a new era of feminist fiction at the fin de siècle. “Egerton” was the pen-name for Mary Chavelita Dunne Bight and Keynotes was her first work of short stories published with the Bodley Head, under the metorship of Charles Elkin Mathews and John Lane. Egerton had also sent the collection to William Heinmann for consideration, but would not be deterred when the work was sent back with an offensive rejection letter: “The stories may be many things,” she writes, “but I’m damned if they are mediocre” (qtd in Stetz, 1982, p. 28). Egerton was right to …

Cameron, Sally Brooke. "Keynotes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 April 2019
[, accessed 17 July 2019.]

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