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Diana of Dobson's (Broadview Literary Texts)

Cicely Hamilton; Editor-Diane F. Gillespie; Editor-Doryjane Birrer

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ISBN 10: 1551113422 / ISBN 13: 9781551113425
Published by Broadview Press, 2003
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Title: Diana of Dobson's (Broadview Literary Texts)

Publisher: Broadview Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Very successful when first performed in London in 1908, Diana of Dobson’s introduces its audience to the overworked and underpaid female assistants at Dobson’s Drapery Emporium, whose only alternative to their dead-end jobs is the unlikely prospect of marriage. Although Cicely Hamilton calls the play “a romantic comedy,” like George Bernard Shaw she also criticizes a social structure in which so-called self-made men profit from the cheap labour of others, and men with good educations, but insufficient inherited money, look for wealthy wives rather than for work.

This Broadview edition also includes excerpts from Hamilton’s autobiography Life Errant (1935) and Marriage as a Trade (1909), her witty polemic on “the woman question”; historical documents illustrating employment options for women and women’s work in the theatre; and reviews of the original production of the play.

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Diane F. Gillespie is a Professor of English, Emeritus, at Washington State University.

Doryjane Birrer is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of Charleston, South Carolina.

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