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By Elaine Showalter

 At the flip of the century, brief tales by--and frequently about--"New girls" flooded the pages English and American magazines resembling the Atlantic per month, Harpers, and the Yellow booklet. This bold new fiction, usually cutting edge in shape and brave in its candid representations of woman sexuality, marital discontent, and feminist protest, surprised Victorian critics, who denounced the authors as "literary degenerates" or "erotomaniacs." This assortment brings jointly twenty of the main unique and demanding tales from this era. The writers integrated during this hugely readable quantity are Kate Chopin, Victoria pass, George Egerton, Julia Constance Fletcher, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand, Vernon Lee, Ada Leverson, Charlotte Mew, Olive Schreiner, Edith Wharton, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and Mabel E. Wotton. As Elaine Showalter indicates in her creation, the fast fiction of the Fin-de-Siecle is the lacking hyperlink among the Golden Age of Victorian ladies writers and the recent period of feminist modernism. Elaine Showalter is a professor of English at Princeton collage. She is the writer of A Literature in their personal, the feminine illness, and different books, and editor of other Alcott, a quantity within the American girls Writers Series 

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B. Lippincott, 1962, pp. -332-3. 14. Mrs. F. W. Pethick Lawrence to Dora Marsden (6 October 1909), Dora Marsden assortment, Firestone Library, Princeton college. released with permission of the Manuscripts department, division of infrequent Books and exact assortment, Princeton college Libraries. KATE CHOPIN AN EGYPTIAN CIGARETTE Y buddy, the Architect, who's whatever of a traveler, was once displaying us a variety of curios which he had accumulated in the course of a trip to the Orient. li l 1- f , 1 • 1 • I- eleven 1 'Here is whatever for you,' he stated, selecting up a small field and turning it over in his hand. 'You are a cigarette-smoker; take this domestic with you. It was once given to me in Cairo by means of a species of fakir, who fancied I had performed him a very good flip. ' The field used to be lined with glazed, yellow paper, so skilfully gummed as to seem to be all one piece. It bore no label, no stamp - not anything to point its contents. 'How have you learnt they're cigarettes? ' I requested, taking the field and turning it stupidly round as one turns a sealed letter and speculates sooner than establishing it. 'I purely be aware of what he informed me,' answered the Architect, 'but it is simple sufficient to figure out the query of his integrity. ' He passed me a pointy, pointed paper-cutter, and with it I opened the lid as rigorously as attainable. The field contained six cigarettes, obviously hand-made. The wrappers have been of pale-yellow paper, and the tobacco used to be virtually an identical color. It used to be of finer minimize than the Turkish or usual Egyptian, and threads of it caught out at both finish. 'Will you are trying one now, Madam? ' requested the Architect, providing to strike a fit. `Not now and never here,' I responded, `after the espresso, for those who will enable me to slide into your smoking-den. many of the girls the following loathe the odour of cigarettes. ' The smoking-room lay on the finish of a quick, curved passage. Its appointments have been completely oriental. A large, low window opened out upon a balcony that overhung the backyard. From the divan upon which I reclined, purely the swaying treetops will be obvious. The maple leaves glistened within the afternoon sunlight. Beside the divan was once a low stand which contained the total paraphernalia of a smoker. i used to be feeling rather cozy, and congratulated myself upon having escaped for your time the incessant chatter of the ladies that reached me faintly. I took a cigarette and lit it, putting the field upon the stand simply because the tiny clock, which was once there, chimed in silvery strokes the hour of 5. I took one lengthy concept of the Egyptian cigarette. The grey-green smoke arose in a small puffy column that unfold and broadened, that appeared to fill the room. i'll see the maple leaves dimly, as though they have been veiled in a shimmer of moonlight. A sophisticated, hectic present gone through my entire physique and went to my head just like the fumes of nerve-racking wine. I took one other deep inhalation of the cigarette. `Ah! the sand has blistered my cheek! i've got lain right here all day with my face within the sand. this night, whilst the eternal stars are burning, I shall drag myself to the river.

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