ELIZABETH ROBINS (C.E. RAIMOND) #100travelHERS
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Birth: August 6, 1862; Louisville, Kentucky
Death: May 8, 1952; Brighton, United Kingdom
Occupation: Playwright, actor, novelist, WWI nurse, women’s rights activist
Notable journeys: Moved to London on September 3, 1888, to emotionally recover from her husband’s suicide earlier that year. In the early 1900s, left England to search for her missing brother in Alaska. She eventually returned to London where she wrote two books inspired by the search.
Notable work: Magnetic North, Come And Find Me, Votes for Women: A Play in Three Acts, Woman’s Secret
Quote: “No view is more widely accepted than that every woman’s book is but a naive attempt to extend her own little personality. We do not commonly find the man-made hero confounded with the author. When a man takes some small section of the arc of a character or a dramatic situation, and (capable if intellectual honesty, and precisely of leaving himself out of the Saga) if he follows the curve so rigidly that he describes the complete circle, his faithful projection of the illusion of life is rewarded by his critics’ saying: ‘What a power of imagination the fellow has!’ If a woman but attempts this honourable task–an affair of strong self-control and of almost mathematical accuracy–if she happens to bring it off, her critics pat her on the back with an absent-minded air, while they look about for ‘personal experience.'”