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Harriet Shaw Weaver, 1976 to 1961

Harriet Shaw Weaver

Bedford College alumna, 1899

Despite her wealthy conservative background, Weaver became involved in social work and politcal activism.

In 1911 she began subscribing to the 'The Freewoman: A Weekly Feminist Review', and helped save it from financial ruin when its proprietors withdrew their support. She continuted to make a number of financial donations to the periodical, and became increasingly involved with its organisation. Having been renamed 'The Egoist', she became the publication's editor in 1913.

She heavily supported the work of James Joyce, and saw 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' through serial publication. When Joyce failed to find a British publisher for the book, she brought it out under the imprint of the Egoist Press, which also published work by T. S. Eliot, R. Aldington, Hilda Doolittle and Marianne Moore. Under her editorship, the journal published work by Pound, Eliot and W Lewis, as well as early instalments of Ulysses. It ceased publication in December 1919 and the press closed in 1923. She continued her long‐standing financial support of Joyce and became literary executor of his estate.


To mark the centenary of votes for women, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the UK Parliament have developed a range of resources and an online course exploring the history of women's rights and suffrage.


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