Dixie, Florence

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(1855-1905) UK traveller, journalist (the first female war correspondent in the English language) and author whose nonfiction Across Patagonia: A Lady Combs the Pampas (1880) – the only woman in her party, she was its dominant figure – captures something of her Feminist urgency. In Gloriana, or The Revolution of 1900 (1890) a woman disguised as a man is elected Prime Minister of the UK and, though unmasked, establishes full equality between the sexes; by 1999, a woman-ruled UK beneficently dominates its Federated Empire. Aniwee: Or, the Warrior Queen: A Tale of the Araucanian Indians and the Mythical Trauco People (1890), a Young Adult tale, features an Amazonian leader, who figures in fantastic Patagonian adventures. Isola, or The Disinherited: A Revolt for Women and All the Disinherited (1903), a play, depicts the coming to Utopian plenitude of the society of Saxcoberland on the planet Erth, which is similar but not identical to Earth, while Izra: A Child of Solitude (1906) places its version of Utopia in Loveland, an advanced venue attainable by dreaming about it. [JC]

Lady Florence Caroline Dixie

born Kinmount, Dumfriesshire, Scotland: 24 May 1855

died Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland: 7 November 1905

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