SPENCE, Catherine Helen
(1825-1910)
   Scottish-born Australian novelist whose Handfasted (written c1879; 1984), a UTOPIA with LOST-WORLD elements set in the hidden state of Columba somewhere in Southern California, was unpublished at the timebecause of its FEMINIST views on women's autonomy; the title refers to a traditional form of trial marriage, and in Columba single mothers are not treated as pariahs. Less impressively, A Week in the Future (1888-9 Centennial Magazine; 1987) takes its heroine by SUSPENDED ANIMATION to thesocialist utopia that London has become in 1988. The first book is a fully dramatised novel of real quality, but the second, only novella length, more resembles a tract. In her later years, CHS fought for women's suffrage.
   JC/PN
   See also: AUSTRALIA.

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