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(Guardian)   24 classic books by women to be published under their real names for the first time, by George   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2020-08-13 2:46:09 PM  
George Elliot was a badass. Just sayin'.
 
2020-08-13 2:54:47 PM  
Alice B. Sheldon.
 
2020-08-13 4:34:21 PM  
It took me a while to realize Andre Norton was female
 
2020-08-13 4:42:22 PM  
actual list

Here is the full list of the Reclaim Her Name books:
Middlemarch by Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)
Marie of the Cabin Club by Ann Petry (Arnold Petri)
Indiana by Amantine Aurore Dupin (George Sand)
A Phantom Lover by Violet Paget (Vernon Lee)
The Life of Martin R. Delany by Frances Rollin Whipper (Frank A. Rollin)
Keynotes by Mary Bright (George Egerton)
Takekurabe ("Growing Up") by Natsu Higuchi (Ichiyō Higuchi)
Garden of Kama by Violet Nicolson (Laurence Hope)
How White Men Assist In Smuggling... by Edith Maude Eaton (Mahlon T. Wing)
Attila, My Attila! By Edith Cooper & Katherine Bradley (Michael Field)
Ye Game and Playe of Chesse by Alice Dunbar Nelson (Monroe Wright)
Painted Clay by Doris Boake Kerr (Capel Boake)
For Our Country by Fatemeh Soltan Khanum Farahani (Shahein Farahani)
Iras: A Mystery by Henrietta Everett (Theo Douglas)
The History of Sir Richard Calmady by Mary Kingsley (Lucas Malet)
Atla- Story of a Lost Island by Ann Smith (J Gregory Smith)
Twilight by Julia Frankau (Frank Danby)
The Silence Of Dean Maitland by Mary Tuttiett (Maxwell Gray)
The Head Of Medusa by Julia Constance Fletcher (George Fleming)
Some Emotions and a Moral by Pearl Richards (John Oliver Hobbes)
Cecilia De Noël by Mary Hawker (Lanoe Falconer)
Echoes from Mist-land by Aubertine Woodward Moore (Auber Forestier)
Valerie Aylmer by Frances Tiernan (Christian Reid)
A Diplomat's Diary by Julia Cruger (Julien Gordon)
The Roadmender by Margaret Fairless Barber (Michael Fairless)
 
2020-08-13 4:43:49 PM  

Short Victoria's War: actual list

Here is the full list of the Reclaim Her Name books:
Middlemarch by Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)
Marie of the Cabin Club by Ann Petry (Arnold Petri)
Indiana by Amantine Aurore Dupin (George Sand)
A Phantom Lover by Violet Paget (Vernon Lee)
The Life of Martin R. Delany by Frances Rollin Whipper (Frank A. Rollin)
Keynotes by Mary Bright (George Egerton)
Takekurabe ("Growing Up") by Natsu Higuchi (Ichiyō Higuchi)
Garden of Kama by Violet Nicolson (Laurence Hope)
How White Men Assist In Smuggling... by Edith Maude Eaton (Mahlon T. Wing)
Attila, My Attila! By Edith Cooper & Katherine Bradley (Michael Field)
Ye Game and Playe of Chesse by Alice Dunbar Nelson (Monroe Wright)
Painted Clay by Doris Boake Kerr (Capel Boake)
For Our Country by Fatemeh Soltan Khanum Farahani (Shahein Farahani)
Iras: A Mystery by Henrietta Everett (Theo Douglas)
The History of Sir Richard Calmady by Mary Kingsley (Lucas Malet)
Atla- Story of a Lost Island by Ann Smith (J Gregory Smith)
Twilight by Julia Frankau (Frank Danby)
The Silence Of Dean Maitland by Mary Tuttiett (Maxwell Gray)
The Head Of Medusa by Julia Constance Fletcher (George Fleming)
Some Emotions and a Moral by Pearl Richards (John Oliver Hobbes)
Cecilia De Noël by Mary Hawker (Lanoe Falconer)
Echoes from Mist-land by Aubertine Woodward Moore (Auber Forestier)
Valerie Aylmer by Frances Tiernan (Christian Reid)
A Diplomat's Diary by Julia Cruger (Julien Gordon)
The Roadmender by Margaret Fairless Barber (Michael Fairless)


That was helpful, thank you!
 
2020-08-13 5:31:36 PM  
Willamina Shakespeare?  Didn't expect that.
 
2020-08-13 5:36:07 PM  
25 subs. George Eliot + 24 others.
 
2020-08-13 6:27:42 PM  
Small gain for feminism aside, this is a brilliant business move. Publishers seem to always be looking for ways to repackage and market public-domain books, as they don't have to pay for the rights to them. This is a wonderfully original way to do that, and also gives the women the last remaining bit of credit they deserve at last.

/Friend didn't inherit a lot from his grandfather because he had spent a lot on "Classic novels delivered right to your door, untouched by human hands!"
//i.e. The factory they're made in is mostly automated and the distribution people only touch the outside of the box, just like all the other ones.
 
2020-08-13 6:41:57 PM  

Fireproof: /Friend didn't inherit a lot from his grandfather because he had spent a lot on "Classic novels delivered right to your door, untouched by human hands!"


This is fascinating to me, and another unexpected anecdote about why there's chocolate and vanilla (or, if you're a cynic like me, how you can find someone to buy an overpriced _anything_):  I'm a sucker for signed books precisely because I know the author touched them.

To each their own!
 
2020-08-13 6:58:57 PM  
Why?

If an author chooses to use a pseudonym, why publish in a name other than the one they chose?
 
2020-08-13 7:01:05 PM  
Cue all the quasi-illiterate idiots who will claim that these WOMEN have plagiarized great works of literature and are trying to pass them off as their own, or will believe these are "gender-bent" versions of classic works because of "teh gay," and they're never going to read them.
 
2020-08-13 7:10:35 PM  

BarryJV: Why?

If an author chooses to use a pseudonym, why publish in a name other than the one they chose?


Maybe because that "choice", like a lot of things in the lives of the not-privileged, really wasn't one?
 
2020-08-13 7:10:54 PM  

BarryJV: Why?

If an author chooses to use a pseudonym, why publish in a name other than the one they chose?


Some of the older ones only did it because people wouldn't have bought books written by a woman at the time.
 
2020-08-13 7:17:17 PM  
In case anyone else is wondering: I looked it up and Frankenstein was originally published anonymously, but it can't be a part of this collection, because this one is for works that have never before been published under the author's real name, and there are about a billion versions of Frankenstein that have already included her name.
 
2020-08-13 8:52:49 PM  

BarryJV: Why?

If an author chooses to use a pseudonym, why publish in a name other than the one they chose?


Ask Dalton Trumbo.
 
2020-08-13 11:07:22 PM  
And in 20 years, another list of male authors who used women's names in 2020 to get published. You do whatever you have to do, to be successful.
 
2020-08-14 7:33:08 AM  
Now the work voted the greatest British novel of all time is finally coming out as Evans's

Wait... Middlemarch beat out Tale Of Two Cities? The legacy of British writing is pretty impressive, and you're telling me that Middlemarch won over Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Emily Bronte, HG Wells, etc, etc.

I think I found their list... And Chaucer isn't even on it. BBC Culture Top 25. I don't think I can take this list very seriously.
 
2020-08-14 8:17:07 PM  

Fireproof: Some of the older ones only did it because people wouldn't have bought books written by a woman at the time.


Jane Austen died in 1817 having published many books under her own name
Mary Shelley publish Frankenstein in her own name in 1818

George Eliot was born in 1819
Arnold Petri in 1885
George Sand in 1804
Vernon Lee in 1856
Frank Rollin in 1845
George Egerton in 1859
Laurence Hope in 1865

etc.

Authors will always have difficulty getting books published - but the idea that women couldn't be published during the time period of these authors doesn't stand up.

Authors have also always chosen to use pseudonyms for their own reasons e.g. Richard Bachman, Robert Galbraith.

Whatever the reasons the authors had for choosing pseudonyms - the reason for this box set of, if I may quote:

iron de havilland: George Eliot + 24 others.



Is to sell 25 out-of-copyright books for a substantial profit to the publishers and no profit to society. I'll bet the average purchaser reads no more than 10 percent of the total printed pages.
 
2020-08-14 8:25:40 PM  

BarryJV: Mary Shelley publish Frankenstein in her own name in 1818


Self-correction - it was published anonymously in 1818 and in her name in 1821.
 
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