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Sarah Grand (1854–1943)

Author of The Beth Book

Includes the names: Sarah Grand, Madame Sarah Grand

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Sarah Grand was the pseudonym of Frances Elizabeth Bellenden Clarke, born in Ireland to British parents. In 1870, she married Major David Chambers McFall, a widowed military physician, more than 20 years her senior, and had one son. The family traveled in the Far East for Dr. McFall's work, and she learned about anatomy and physiology from him. She adopted the name Sarah Grand for her writing, which gave her an outlet for her unhappiness in marriage. Her best-known works were The Heavenly Twins (1893), which dealt honestly with sexually-transmitted disease; and the semi-autobiographical The Beth Book (1898), which advocated personal independence for women. Sarah Grand is credited with coining the phrase "The New Woman" to describe the late 19th-century woman who was fighting for higher education and the right to vote. She spent the latter part of her life in the city of Bath, and served a term as Lady Mayoress.
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