I'm not so sure...
Posted by Kate on March 19, 1998 at 22:35:35:
In response to So is it worth it, then?, written by Helen on March 19, 1998 at 11:22:22
And do you think that if she had married him, she would have gone on to develop her writing, and publish it?
Having read a little about the difficulties which women faced in getting their works written and published, if she had had any opposition at all from her husband, I don't think she could have done it. Think about her mother, who obviously enjoyed writing poetry, had a supportive husband, but simply didn't have time in between bringing up children, running the household and making ends meet to do it very much. I think that spinsterdom, as well as providing her with a special perspective, also gave her the time and space to write which simply may not have been there....
Charlotte Bronte, for example, apparently really stopped writing after getting married (though she only survived after her marriage for a short period, so it's hard to tell whether she would have taken it up again).
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