Rediscovering neglected texts and muted voices
Charlotte Riddell’s ‘A Struggle For Fame’ is first in new ‘Recovered Voices’ series
‘Charlotte Riddell’s three-volume novels fell out of fashion when the industry retired the practice of serialising long works, and after her death in 1906 her notoriety faded. Her caustic, funny semi-autobiographical masterpiece, A Struggle for Fame, went out of print.’
Tramp Press is named after John Millington Synge’s “tramp” figure, a proxy for the artist, the bold outsider, who arrives unannounced to shake up a stale patriarchy. The idea also refers to the authors we discover, or rediscover, and the characters they create.
There is a matryoshka doll of bold outsiders in the first book in our Recovered Voices series, Charlotte Riddell’s A Struggle for Fame. Riddell worked hard to get published in a time when marriage would have been a far more acceptable method of acquiring social and financial security. Riddell wanted to work for her living, to make her own way in the world.