its whole significance lies in the supreme audacity of the authoress. She is so penetrated by a sense of the hideous horror of the fashionable, loveless marriage of a healthy young woman to a roué worn out by excess and honeycombed by disease, that she compels her readers to admit that even the unblushing proposal her heroine made to a man who loved her was virtue itself compared with the union which the Church blessed and all the papers chronicled with admiration. (Stead, 68)Life the Accuser tells the story of three women: Eliza is too conventional; Rosalie is overly emancipated, and Constantia has an unfaithful husband with whom she stays on account not of duty but sexual desire. Her other novels included Transition (1895); The Confession of Stephen Whapshare (1898); The Engrafted Rose (1900); The Poet's Child (1903); Twins of Skirlaugh Hall (1903); Susan Wooed and Susan Won (1905); Sir Elyot of the Woods (1907); The Story of Hauksgarth Farm (1909); The House of Robershaye (1912).
a growing and most remarkable sense of independence is probably to be traced more than anything else to the breakdown of the artificial line of demarcation in games. There is no saying how much women owe to the bicycle! Meanwhile the page on which we read of the progress of women is really the same from which we study the progress of men. (Brooke and others, 21314)Brooke died of old age and cardiac degeneration on 28 November 1926 at the Heath Nursing Home, Weybridge, Surrey. Her novels fell out of fashion, after her death, but late twentieth-century scholarship on the new woman has revived critical interest in her work.
b. cert. · d. cert. · WWW · E. F. Brooke, Iota, S. Grand, and G. Egerton, Women in the queen's reign: some notable opinions, illustrated with photographs, The Ludgate, 1898, 21317 · W. T. Stead, Book of the month: the novel of the modern woman, Review of Reviews, 10 (1894), 6474 · J. Sutherland, The Longman companion to Victorian fiction (1988) · A. Richardson, Love and eugenics in the late nineteenth century: rational reproduction and the new woman (2003) · A. Richardson and C. Willis, eds., The New Woman in fiction and in fact (2000) · A. L. Ardis, New Women, new novels: feminism and early modernism (1990)
Elliott & Fry, photograph, repro. in Brooke and others, Women in the queen's reign
£702 1s. 5d.: probate, 1927, CGPLA Eng. & Wales