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Katharine Bruce Glasier

(1867—1950) socialist and politician


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(1867–1950) married John Bruce Glasier (d. 1920). Under her maiden name she published Husband & Brother (1894), in which two New Women conspire against a literary man, the husband of one and the brother of the other: the emancipation of women is promoted, free love deplored. The sister runs away and becomes a journalist in London, resists seduction, and trains as a nurse. Tales from the Derbyshire Hills: Pastorals from the Peak District (1907) is a collection of tearful love stories reprinted from periodicals and sold in aid of the ILP. She and her husband were activists in the ILP and the International Socialist movement; they were pacifist and anti-nationalist. She edited the Labour Leader and worked for the Women's Labour League, among other causes campaigning for baths to be provided for miners at the pithead. Dolly-logues (1926) started life as a series of women's columnns written in 1919 for the journal of the Birmingham branch of the ILP and originally entitled ‘A Socialist Dolly Dialogues: With Apologies to Anthony Hope’. They are very different from The Dolly Dialogues (1894), the story of a young socialist typist's attempt to prove that drudgery is unnecessary by working for some relations. She shows them that their house is not labour-saving, lectures them on theosophy and socialism, and ends by falling in love with their gassed, disillusioned, shell-shocked son.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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