English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century (Dodo Press)
By (author) Caroline Norton
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English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century (Dodo Press) by Caroline Norton
Book DescriptionCaroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (1808-1877) was a famous British society beauty and author of the early and mid nineteenth century. In 1827, she married the Honourable George Chapple Norton, a union which quickly proved unhappy. She turned to prose and poetry as a means of releasing her inner emotions. Her first book, The Sorrows of Rosalie (1829), was well received. Caroline became passionately involved in the passage of laws promoting social justice, especially those granting rights to married and divorced women. Her poems, A Voice from the Factories (1836), and The Child of the Islands (1845), had as their object the furtherance of her political views. Her efforts were largely successful in bringing about needed legislation. Primarily because of her intense campaigning, Parliament passed the 1839 Infant Custody Bill and the 1857 Divorce Act. At the same time, she continued to write in order to generate an income. Novels from her later life were Stuart of Dunleath (1851), Lost and Saved (1863), and Old Sir Douglas (1867).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781406565027
(229mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Dodo Press
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publish Date: 21-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Caroline Norton
Plain Letter to the Lord Chancellor on the Infant Custody Bill (Dodo Press), Paperback / softback (March 2008)
Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cranworth's Marriage and Divorce Bill (Dodo Press), Paperback / softback (March 2008)
Defence, Paperback (January 1982)» View all books by Caroline Norton
This account of the author's experience at the hands of an "imperfect state of law" in early 19th-century England makes a passionate plea for equal justice for women. Largely as a result of this book the passage of the Married Women's Property Act and reform of the English Marriage and Divorce Laws occurred some years later.
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