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Flora Klickmann

(1867—1958) journal editor and author


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(1867–1958) married (1913) Ebenezer Henderson-Smith (d. 1937). After beginning work on the Windsor Magazine (which ran 1895–1939) she became editor of the Girl's Own Paper from 1908 to 1930 (from 1928 the Woman's Magazine and Girl's Own Paper). In that capacity she was technically and perhaps actually editor of a large quantity of books of advice and instruction on subjects including needlework, cookery, etiquette, and the language of flowers, for instance Artistic Crochet (1914) and The Lure of the Pen: A Book for Would-Be Authors (1919). Constance Smedley, a contributor, observes in her memoirs that she rescued the paper ‘from Victorianism and brought [it] into line with the best traditions of modern journalism’. Smedley says that Klickmann gave organ recitals at the Albert Hall. She also published fiction for both children and adults until 1932, and non-fiction about her house, The Flower Patch, near Tintern in Wales. In The Ambitions of Jenny Ingram: A True Story of Modern London Life (1907) a girl comes to London from Wales to become a novelist. Rejection after rejection leads to her being discovered starving by her childhood sweetheart, who marries her. Published in the Leisure Hour Monthly Library at sixpence, it offers graphic detail about the miserable lives of single women trying to earn a living, no doubt drawing on first-hand experience though also influenced noticeably by George Gissing's New Grub Street (1891).

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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