Publisher description for Women writing about money : women's fiction in England, 1790-1820 / Edward Copeland.
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This study addresses a paradox in the lives of women in Jane Austen's time who had no legal access to money yet were held responsible for domestic expenditure. The book translates the fictional money of the novels of Jane Austen's day into the power of contemporary spendable incomes, and from the perspective of what the British pound could buy at the market, the economic lives of women in the novels emerge as part of a general picture of women's economic disability. Through the work of writers such as Austen and Edgeworth, as well as those of magazine fiction, the author examines the professional lives of women authors, their publishers, their profits, and the demands of their reading public. By linking authorship to the economic lives of contemporary women, Women Writing About Money links the fantasy worlds of women's fiction with the social and economic realities of both readers and writers.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English fiction 19th century History and criticism, Money in literature, English fiction Women authors History and criticism, English fiction 18th century History and criticism, Women and literature England History 18th century, Women and literature England History 19th century, Women novelists, English Economic conditions, Women England Economic conditions, Women England Social conditions, Economics in literature, Romanticism England