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March 19, 1999
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Controversial Woman and To Be Discussed

The life of Mary St. Leger Kingsley Harrison, acclaimed fiction writer, will be discussed by Professor Patricia Lorimer Lundberg at Indiana University Northwest during a “Brown Bag” session on March 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in Tamarack Hall, Room 60.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Lundberg will reflect on the controversial and daring writer who wrote more than 18 novels from 1880 to 1931 in her presentation, Lucas Malet: The Life and Work of Charles Kingsley’s Daughter.

According to Lundberg, Harrison was a reluctant feminist who modeled herself after George Eliot. She saw women writers like herself as “Amazons, sailing ships into uncharted waters.” Although she earned critical acclaim, fame and fortune, Harrison died in penury on the run from tax collectors. Much of her work was forgotten until recently.

“Having spent the last decade chasing down the details of her (Harrison) life all over England and studying her fiction, I can attest to the perils and pitfalls of researching an elusive subject,” says Lundberg. “Her literary biography has taken on a life of its own and dominated my own research agenda from graduate schools days until now.”

More information on Women’s History Month is available by contacting the IU Northwest Women Studies Program at 219-900-6680.

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