Category: Modern First Editions

MARGARET PROTESTS Stock code: 2732

Author / Artist:

Eyles, M. Leonora


First edition, first printing. Original black boards with red lettering to front panel and spine in dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, slightly bumped to head and tail of spine and with scattered light foxing to endpapers in a very good edge-worn but complete dustwrapper with a few small chips at the folds and spine tips and a long closed tear between the front fold and flap. The spine and front panel are evenly browned. A nice example of this rare feminist novel, especially so in its original dustwrapper.




The first novel by Margaret Leonora Eyles, a feminist and political activist of her day. Eyles wrote for the TLS, edited the women's page in The Miner and had a column in the infant Woman's Own magazine, in which she established her reputation for a sympathetic understanding of the women's issues of the day, writing as an 'agony aunt' from the first issue in 1932. Orphaned in childhood and abandoned by her first husband with three children at twenty-four, Eyles experienced first-hand the contemporary hardships of impoverished mothers and wives which would become the central concern of her novels. 'Margaret Protests', a bestseller on its publication, is 'a pitiful ruthless exposure of poverty, inefficient education and modern marriage conditions.' The novel is also heavily influenced by the writings of Marie Stopes, who published 'Married Love' and 'Wise Parenthood' the previous year. Eyles tackles themes of abortion and birth control and explores family relationships and education. A controversial and popular author and journalist in her day, Eyles takes a significant place in the history of feminism in literature.