It is a tribute to their combined business acumen and critical judgment that this small independent venture became, as Mary Gaither recounts, ”a self-supporting business and a significant publishing voice in England between the wars.” Certainly being her own publisher made it much easier for Virginia Woolf to pursue her experimental bent but also enabled her to gain greater financial independence from what was at that time a male-dominated industry. Like Woolf, many British women joined the professional work force in an increased capacity during World War I, capitalizing on England’s need for heavy industry to support its armed forces.


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