The Poison at the Source

The Female Novel of Self-Development in the Early Twentieth Century

  • Penny Brown

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Penny Brown
    Pages 1-10
  3. Penny Brown
    Pages 11-49
  4. Penny Brown
    Pages 80-120
  5. Penny Brown
    Pages 214-226
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-259

About this book


An examination of a number of English women novelists who portrayed the crises and conflicts in the development of the female consciousness as a response to the anomalies of the rapidly changing world of the early twentieth century when opportunities for self-expression and fulfilment were beginning to open up for women but nineteenth-century values and prejudices still widely prevailed. May Sinclair, Radclyffe Hall, Rosamond Lehmann, Antonia White and Dorothy Richardson are seen as outspoken and innovative writers often marginalised or ignored by serious criticism.


20th century bibliography conflicts consciousness English knowledge novel twentieth century women

Authors and affiliations

  • Penny Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria University of ManchesterUK

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