chapter  4
Woman author
Pages 19

However, becoming a writer was no easy task for a woman. Getting her work into print could be a challenge, particularly if she lacked experience in business negotiation. And since most publishers probably did not expect their next successful writer to be a woman, her persuasive task in approaching a publisher or editor was arguably greater than that of an untried male writer. Tristan soon confounded such negative assumptions, proving herself a tough businesswoman with a good eye for a market opportunity, although this aspect of her career as a writer has attracted little attention from commentators. However, more deepseated prejudices against women writers were not so easily avoided, and identifying oneself as a woman

of her generation, Tristan would experience not merely the denial of her talent, but the questioning of her character, and the challenge to her right to be heard.