BENNETT, E.A. Journalism for Women Bodley Head, London, 1898.
12mo. Original blue cloth decorated in red, green and white; pp. [vi], 98, , 12 (ads); edges untrimmed, some faint toning but a very good copy.
First edition. A handbook designed to introduce women to the world of journalism, advising against common mistakes. As the editor of Woman magazine, Bennett was well placed to talk on the subject, and what could have become a misogynistic polemic attributes any failings of women journalists not to intrinsic weaknesses common to their gender but more to a form of social conditioning towards the domestic sphere which often ill-prepared many women for work. The book offers practical writing advice on style and makes some rather world-weary remarks about the various ways in which journalists irritate editors, which have the ring of bitter experience to them (a particular gem is "if you insist on sending an 8-page cover letter, at least include your name and address with it).