A Lytton Treasury. Selections made by Albert Broadbent from the Poems of Robert, Earl of Lytton.
MEREDITH Owen.; LYTTON Constance. Introduction. (1909.)
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Number 16 in the Broadbent Treasury Series. Tall 32mo (150 x 78mm.). Original pictorial cream wrappers, slightly sunned but very good. , 44, pp. Manchester, Philadelphia, The Broadbent Press,
With the inscription: " To Dr. Marie Stopes with great admiration and affection from Constance Lytton. December 1922."
A very satisfying association between two influential members of the suffragette movement. Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton lived a comfortable if somewhat reclusive early life as the unmarried daughter of the poet-diplomat Earl of Lytton and his aristocratic wife, who served as a lady in waiting to the queen. In 1905 however, she became aware of the suffragette movement, and, after visiting women imprisoned in Holloway jail for their political protests, she dedicated the rest of her life to the cause. In particular she was instrumental in raising awareness of the force-feeding of hunger strikers, herself undergoing this treatment after attending a protest in Liverpool in 1910 disguised as a working class woman.
Dr. Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes was a gifted and successful paleobotanist, a fellow of the Linnean Society, and most significantly in this context an early campaigner for women's reproductive rights in the UK. With her husband Humprey Verdon Roe she founded the first birth control clinic in Upper Holloway in 1921, and was instrumental in changing attitudes towards birth control and planned parenthood. Her books Married Love and Wise Parenthood were intended to educate people from all walks of life about sex and reproduction. The dark side of this, however, manifested in a firm belief in Eugenics, and she used her advocacy of birth control to forward racist and ablist agendas which were deeply fascistic.
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