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Grant Allen

(1848—1899) writer on science and novelist


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(1848–99),

went to Jamaica, as professor of mental and moral philosophy, where he formulated his evolutionary system of philosophy based on the works of H. Spencer. His Physiological Aesthetics (1877) introduced his name to the leaders of thought in London. He contributed articles on popular scientific and other subjects to the Cornhill and other journals. Next came The Colour‐Sense (1879), which won praise from A. R. Wallace, C. Darwin, and T. H. Huxley. Among his works of fiction are Strange Stories (1884) and his best‐selling The Woman Who Did (1895), the tale of a woman of advanced views who believes that marriage is a barbarous institution; she lives with the man she loves, bears his child, but is left alone, when he inconveniently dies, to endure the consequent social ostracism. Though intended as a protest against the subjection of women, the novel was condemned by Mrs Fawcett and other feminists.

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