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|Born||12 June 1802|
|Died||27 June 1876 (aged 74)|
|Notable work(s)||Deerbrook (1839)|
The Hour and the Man (1839)
She wrote only one book, but many essays. The essays were sociological, religious, domestic, sexual themes, with a feminine perspective. She also translated various works from Auguste Comte. She earned enough to be supported entirely by her writing.
A young Princess Victoria, (later Queen Victoria), enjoyed reading Martineaus's publications. The Queen invited Martineau to her coronation in 1838 – an event which Martineau described, in great and amusing detail, to her many readers. Martineau has said of her own approach to writing: "when one studies a society, one must focus on all its aspects, including key political, religious, and social institutions". She believed a thorough analysis was necessary to understand woman's status under men.
One writer said "as a born lecturer and politician she [Martineau] was less affected by her sex than perhaps any other, male or female, of her generation". Often described as having a masculine intellect and body, Martineau introduced feminist perspectives in her writing on otherwise overlooked issues such as marriage, children, domestic and religious life, and race relations.
- Hill, Michael R.; Hoecker-Drysdale, Susan (2002). Harriet Martineau: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives. Psychology Press. .
- Postlethwaite, Diana (1989). "Mothering and mesmerism in the life of Harriet Martineau". Signs (University of Chicago Press) 14 (3): 583–609.
- Martineau, Harriet; Chapman, Maria Weston (2010). Harriet Martineau's Autobiography. Cambridge University Press. pp. 79–80. . https://books.google.com/?id=z3_fRgeg_-UC&pg=PA81.
- Wilson, Christopher. "The benefits of a feminist in the family". https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/kate-middleton/8374204/The-benefits-of-a-feminist-in-the-family.html. Retrieved 10 February 2013.