[LMB] OT: Women and education

Katherine (Kathy) Collett kcollett at hamilton.edu
Sun Sep 12 19:24:58 BST 2021


On Sep 12, 2021, at 1:35 PM, Elizabeth Holden <alzurite at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Sylvia:  Once a literate population existed, it was feasible to make some sort of
>> income with "improving" books, such as Lady Waggoner's Guide To Young
>> Ladies.
> 
> You make it sound like an immediate consequence. What are you thinking of?
> I'm not finding any hits on Google for anything of that title, except "The
> Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry" by CM Waggoner., published 2021. I don't
> think this is what you meant.

Yes, Sylvia was compressing the time-line — though “feasible” doesn’t mean it happened right away.  And I believe she was making up titles, mocking the genre.

>> or How To Improve Your Grammar In 10 Easy Leffons!!!

Especially this one!  Long s’s had disappeared well before the rise of self-help titles like that!

Katherine


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