THE SWEET O’THE YEAR
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Ella Hepworth Dixon (1857-1932), novelist, short-story writer, editor and journalist, was the daughter of William Hepworth Dixon, respected journalist and editor of the Athenaeum. She was educated in London and Heidelberg, and later in Paris, where she studied painting. Part of the circle of contributors to The Yellow Book, in which she published several short stories (later collected as One Doubtful Hour (1904)), she also contributed articles to Woman’s World, and later edited The English-Woman (1895-1900). Her one novel, The Story of a Modern Woman (1894), describes the sacrifice of her own happiness which is made by an independent career woman in order not to betray another woman. She never married, and became increasingly interested in feminist issues later in life. Her autobiography, As I Knew Them (1930), discusses her literary acquaintances from the 1890s.