Entry updated 16 April 2018. Tagged: Author.
(1856-1937) US lecturer and author, active from the early 1880s; most of her books were explorations in spiritualism and Religion, and she was instrumental in establishing the Bahá'í faith in America. She is primarily of sf interest for a short fiction, "A Feminine Iconoclast" (November 1889 The Nationalist), an early response to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). It was published in a journal that represented his views, but takes issue with his Utopia on Feminist grounds, gaining some attention for its measured forthrightness, and for its telling sarcasm: men, it is suggested, should be chained to ornate chairs and made to eat sweets until they go mad. [JC]
Mary Hanford Ford
born Meadville, Pennsylvania: 1 November 1856
died Clearwater, Florida: 2 February 1937
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