A major exponent of New Woman fiction, Mnie Dowie created a public stir with Gallia in 1895. Young, intelligent and unconventionally frank, Gallia embraces the dictates of reason and shuns the impulses of passion. In her pursuit of a securely logical life, Gallia must also endure the pain of emotional sacrifice inherent in the modern woman's quest for self-fulfillment.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Everyman Paperbacks
(first published 1895)
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This was an interesting book, though not quite what I was expecting. Written in 1895 it caused a sensation for it’s frank portrayal of sex and sexual attitudes, and (according to the back cover) was the story of a strong intelligent woman who had to decide whether to give into her emotions or not. I was excited about reading a book by a woman covering these issues that are normally discussed by male authors such as Hardy and Wells. It was however, a very strange little book. The main character d...more