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Emily Davies

Collected Letters, 1861-1875

Emily Davies. Edited by Ann B. Murphy and Deidre Raftery

Publication Year: 2004

Sarah Emily Davies (1830–1921) lived and crusaded during a time of profound change for education and women’s rights in England. At the time of her birth, women’s suffrage was scarcely open to discussion, and not one of England’s universities (there were four) admitted women. By the time of her death, not only had the number of universities grown to twelve, all of which were open to women; women had also begun to get the vote. Davies’s own activism in the women’s movement and in the social and educational reform movements of the time culminated in her founding of Girton College, Cambridge University, the first residential college of higher education for women.

Published by: University of Virginia Press


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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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p. v


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-xii

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Editorial Methods

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pp. xiii-xvi

This collection of letters, written by Emily Davies between 1861 and 1875, represents the years of her greatest involvement in a number of public issues.These were the years in which she was most prolific, corresponding with many of the most prominent English men and women of her time...


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p. xvii

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pp. xix-lviii

Sarah Emily Davies (1830-1921) was at the heart of critical political, educational, journalistic, and social reform movements of mid-nineteenth-century England. Between 1861, when she arrived in London, and 1875, when she retired as Mistress of Girton College,Davies was an active member...

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pp. 1-479

. . . It is difficult to make out how my father really is, the accounts are so contradictory. He writes of himself in the gloomiest tone, while on the other hand, Mary 〈Crompton Davies〉 says they could not see anything the matter, & gives reports of what he was able...

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Biographical Register

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pp. 481-519

When we are reasonably certain of the identity of a person mentioned in the letters, the first name of that person appears in angle brackets 〈 〉 after the first reference in the letters. Biographical information for these people is listed in this biographical register. When the identity...

Published Writings of Emily Davies

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pp. 521-523


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pp. 525-546


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pp. 547-555

E-ISBN-13: 9780813923918
E-ISBN-10: 0813923913
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813922324
Print-ISBN-10: 0813922321

Page Count: 672
Illustrations: 1 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2004

OCLC Number: 812925946
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  • Women -- Education (Higher) -- England -- History -- 19th century.
  • Women authors, English -- Correspondence.
  • Davies, Emily, 1830-1921 -- Correspondence.
  • Girton College (University of Cambridge) -- Presidents -- Correspondence.
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