The New Freewoman (1913)

Dora Marsden was the editor or co-editor of three journals: The Freewoman (1911 – 1912), The New Freewoman (1913) and The Egoist (1914 – 1918). The Union of Egoists offers the complete contents of every issue of all three journals at no cost.

Dora Marsden: “The New Freewoman is not for the advancement of Woman, but for the empowering of individuals—men and women; it is not to set women free, but to demonstrate the fact that ‘freeing’ is the individual’s affair and must be done first-hand… it is not to bring new thoughts to individuals, but to set the thinking mechanism to the task of destroying thoughts; to make plain that thinking has no merit in itself, but is a machine, of which the purpose is not to create something, but to liberate something: not to create thoughts but to set free life impulses. Its effect will be as though it had created new life-force: but in reality it will bare life to the light as the threshing-machine lays bare the corn.”

The fierce loyalty of its supporters [The Freewoman], however, was not enough to solve the problems associated with The Freewoman‘s revival. First, a suitable publisher willing to take the economic and political risks of producing such a radical journal had to be found. Second, given its lack of normal sources of revenue, in particular from advertising, sufficient capital had to be provided to ensure the paper’s stability. Third, reasonable and central offices in London had to be located. Alongside the communication and organizational problems created by Dora’s removal to Southport, and Swift’s contentious claim to the title Freewoman, these were indeed daunting obstacles. They could not have been overcome without a small yet crucial nucleus of women. Without the support and care of Hannah Marsden, the help of Grace Jardine, the pugnacity of Dora herself, the energetic canvassing of Rebecca West and, crucially, the capital, determination and organizational ability of Harriet Shaw Weaver, The New Freewoman would never have reappeared, certainly not by June 1913. Some men, for example, the contributor Edward Herrin, did help (in this case, by offering free legal advice) but the paper’s re-launch, and its subsequent achievements, was largely a result of these women’s efforts.

– Les Garner: A Brave and Beautiful Spirit / Dora Marsden, 1882-1960 (1990)


Index of Issues

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 1 | 1913-06-15
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 1
The Lean Kind 1
Views and Comments 3
Trees of Gold by Rebecca West 5
Social Atavism in California by Reginald Wright Kauffman 7
Mind and Movements: Woman’s New Era by Francis Grierson 10
The Eclipse of Woman: Notes on a Prehistoric Revolution—I: Ladies First! by F. R. A. I. 11
Concerning Free Love by Theodore Schroeder 12
Two Testaments by Benjamin R. Tucker 15
Advertisements 15
The Golden Age by Huntly Carter 16
Correspondence Personal Rights by J. H. Levy 17
Eve by Horace Holley 18
Advertisements 18

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 2 | 1913-07-01
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 21
Intellect and Culture 21
Views and Comments 23
Note 25
Nana by Rebecca West 26
Towards Reconstruction by Godfrey Blount 27
The Eclipse of Woman—II: Queens and Kings by F. R. A. I. 29
Epstein’s Oscar Wilde Monument: An Interpretation by Horace Holley 30
Advertisements 30
Platonic Fantasias—I: Socratic Ideals by M. Holmes 31
The Evil That Words Do by Huntly Carter 33
A Race of Individuals by Winnifred W. Leisenring 34
A New Altar: Book Review of ‘The Truth about Woman’ by C. Gasquoine Hartley (Mrs. Walter Gallichan) by Barbara Low 35
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 37
Correspondence Diderot on Maidenly Education by Benjamin R. Tucker 37
Correspondence Does God Ever Think Twice? by Benjamin R. Tucker 37
The Plain Woman by Horace Holley 37
Advertisements 38

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 3 | 1913-07-15
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 41
Democracy 41
Views and Comments 43
The Belief in Personal Immortality: Book Review of ‘The Belief in Personal Immortality’ by E. S. P. Haynes and ‘The Invincible Alliance’ by Francis Grierson by Rebecca West 45
The Eclipse of Woman—III: White Slavery by F. R. A. I. 47
Advertisements 47
Paris Notes by Benjamin R. Tucker 49
Gerald Stanley Lee: A Book Review of ‘Crowds: A Study of the Genius of Democracy and of the Fears, Desires, and Expectations of the People’ by Gerald Stanley Lee by Allen Upward 50
Religion and Make-Believe by Godfrey Blount 51
A Palimpsest by Huntly Carter 53
Private Morality and Public Life by William Foss 54
The Literature of the Theatre: Book Reviews of ‘The Play of To-day’ by Elizabeth R. Hunt, ‘Shakespeare in the Theatre’ by William Poel, ‘The Civic Theatre’ by Percy Mackaye, ‘Henrik Ibsen: Poet, Mystic, and Moralist,’ ‘The Joy of the Theatre’ by Gilbert Cannan, and ‘Poetry and Drama’—June by Huntly Carter 55
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 57
Correspondence Neo-Malthusianism and the Women’s Question by W. R. B. 57
Magazine Notes by Editors 58

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 4 | 1913-08-01
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 61
The Heart of the Question 61
Views and Comments 65
At Valladolid by Rebecca West 66
The Status of Women in Early Greek Times by Edward Carpenter 68
The Eclipse of Woman—IV: The Earth Goddess by F. R. A. I. 69
The Etiquette of Dying by Reginald Wright Kauffman 70
Paris Notes by Benjamin R. Tucker 72
Paris Notes: School Prizes and Problems by Jean Jacques Brousson 72
Paris Notes: School Prizes and Problems by Benjamin R. Tucker 72
Advertisements 72
Paris Notes: History in Anticipation by Clément Vautil 73
Paris Notes: History in Anticipation by Benjamin R. Tucker 73
Paris Notes: Anarchy’s New Allies by Benjamin R. Tucker 74
Metaphysicing the Drama by Huntly Carter 74
Reviews: Book Review of ‘Sati: A Vindication of the Hindu Woman’ by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy by H. C. 76
Reviews: Book Review of ‘Goslings’ by J. D. Beresford by B. L. 76
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 78
Correspondence Not Even Will o’ the Wisps, Not Even Mirrors to Catch Larks by Tiens Ferme 78
Correspondence Private Morality and Public Life by The Husband of One Wife and Father of Three Daughters 78
Magazine Notes by Editors 78
Advertisements 78

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 5 | 1913-08-15
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 81
Thinking and Thought 81
Views and Comments 83
The Eclipse of Woman—V: The House of Commons by F. R. A. I. 85
Advertisements 85
Imagisme by Rebecca West 86
The Contemporania of Ezra Pound: Tenzone by Ezra Pound 87
The Contemporania of Ezra Pound: The Garret by Ezra Pound 87
The Contemporania of Ezra Pound: The Garden by Ezra Pound 87
The Contemporania of Ezra Pound: Dance Figure by Ezra Pound 87
The Contemporania of Ezra Pound: Salutation by Ezra Pound 87
The Contemporania of Ezra Pound: Salutation the Second by Ezra Pound 88
The Contemporania of Ezra Pound: In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound 88
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—I: Roses by Remy De Gourmont 88
The Horses of Diomedes’—I: Roses by C. Satroris 88
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—II: Poplars by Remy De Gourmont 90
The Horses of Diomedes’—II: Poplars by C. Satroris 90
Religion and Riches by Godfrey Blount 91
The Latest Freaks in Taxation by Benjamin R. Tucker 94
The Rape of the Drama by Huntly Carter 94
Advertisements 94
The Claims of Women by Clarence Lee Swartz 96
Correspondence The Sentimentalists by M. C. 97
Correspondence Salvation and Suffragism by Tiens Ferme 97
Magazine Notes by Editors 98
Advertisements 98

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 6 | 1913-09-01
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 101
Concerning the Beautiful 101
Views and Comments 104
The Eclipse of Woman—VI: The Paternal Theory by F. R. A. I. 106
The Poet’s Eye—I by Ford Madox Hueffer 107
Advertisements 107
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—III: The Girdle by Remy De Gourmont 110
The Horses of Diomedes’—III: The Girdle by C. Sartoris 110
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—IV: The Playing Waters by Remy De Gourmont 111
The Horses of Diomedes’—IV: The Playing Waters by C. Sartoris 111
In Metre: Book Review of ‘Love Poems and Others’ by D. H. Lawrence, ‘Peacock Pie’ by Walter de la Mare, and ‘A Boy’s Will’ by Robert Frost by E. P. 113
The Newer School—I: To Atthis by Sappho 114
The Newer School—I: To Atthis by Richard Aldington 114
The Newer School—II: Sitalkas by H. D. 114
The Newer School—III: In a Garden by Amy Lowell 114
The Newer School—IV: The Dance by Skipwith Cannell 114
The Newer School—V: Hallucination by F. S. Flint 114
The Newer School—VI: Postlude by William Carlos Williams 114
Lego et Penso by Benjamin R. Tucker 115
Lego et Penso: Our Rights by Madame Bulteau 115
Lego et Penso: Our Rights by Benjamin R. Tucker 115
Advertisements 116
Domestic Studies in the Year 2,000 A.D.—I by E. S. P. Haynes 117
‘Individualism’: Book Review of ‘Individualism’ by Professor Warner Fite by Bolton Hall 117
The Egoist by Horace Holley 118
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 118
Correspondence A Human Document by Frances Banks 118
Correspondence ‘Humanity an Organism’ by Alice Groff 119
Magazine Notes by Editors 119
Advertisements 120

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 7 | 1913-09-15
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 121
On Interference with the Environment—I: The Presuppositions I Start From by Steven T. Byington 121
Views and Comments 123
The Poet’s Eye—III-IV by Ford Madox Hueffer 126
Advertisements 127
‘Androcles and the Lion’ by Rebecca West 128
Notes on French Publications 128
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—V: The Drone by Remy De Gourmont 129
The Horses of Diomedes’—V: The Drone by C. Sartoris 129
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—VI: The Marigold by Remy De Gourmont 130
The Horses of Diomedes’—VI: The Marigold by C. Sartoris 130
In Metre: Book Review of ‘The Dominant City’ and ‘Fool’s Gold’ by John Gould Fletcher by E. P. 131
Amalfi by Richard Aldington 132
Oneirodotes by Richard Aldington 132
Beauty, Thou Hast Hurt Me Overmuch by Richard Aldington 132
In the Via Sistina by Richard Aldington 132
The Mourning for Bion by Moschus 133
The Mourning for Bion by Richard Aldington 133
Invocation by Richard Aldington 133
Lego et Penso: Our Rights by Benjamin R. Tucker 134
Lego et Penso: Our Rights by Madame Bulteau 134
The Stone Citizen by Huntly Carter 134
Aurel by Muriel Ciolkowska 136
Domestic Studies in 2000 A.D. by E. S. P. Haynes 138
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 139
Correspondence Salvationism by R. G. 139
Correspondence The Etiquette of Dying by J. Wilson 139
Note by Editors 139
Advertisements 139

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 8 | 1913-10-01
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 141
Tales for the Attentive 141
The Angel Club by The Chancellor 144
Sympathy by Caro 145
On Interference with the Environment—II: The Classes of Interference by Steven T. Byington 146
The Fool and the Wise Man: Book Review of ‘The Woman Thou Gavest Me’ by Hall Caine and ‘The Passionate Friends’ by H. G. Wells by Rebecca West 147
Reviews 149
Nocturne in Pastels by Skipwith Cannéll 150
The Ship of Dead Dreams by Skipwith Cannéll 150
Nocturnes—I-VI by Skipwith Cannéll 150
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—VII: The Bee by Remy De Gourmont 151
The Horses of Diomedes’—VII: The Bee by C. Sartoris 151
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—VIII: The Moors by Remy De Gourmont 152
The Horses of Diomedes’—VIII: The Moors by C. Sartoris 152
Advertisements 152
Un Dialogue Dirisoire by Richard Aldington 154
Intermediate Sexual Types by E. B. Lloyd 155
Lego et Penso by Benjamin R. Tucker 156
In the House of My Friends by Reginald Wright Kauffman 157
In the Mirror by Irene McLeod 158
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 159
Correspondence Salvationalism by Tiens Ferme 159
Correspondence Law as Manufacturer of Crime by Uranian 159
Note by Editors 159
Advertisements 160

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 9 | 1913-10-15
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 161
The Serious Artist—I-II by Ezra Pound 161
Views and Comments 163
The Discussion Circle 166
On Interference with the Environment—III: Certain Conflicts of Interests by Steven T. Byington 167
Un Monologue Dirisoire by Richard Aldington 168
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—IX: The Swan by Remy De Gourmont 169
The Horses of Diomedes’—IX: The Swan by C. Sartoris 169
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—X: The Hands by Remy De Gourmont 171
The Horses of Diomedes’—X: The Hands by C. Sartoris 171
Scented Leaves from a Chinese Jar by Allen Upward 172
Religio: Or the Child’s Guide to Knowledge 173
The Conversion of a Specialist by D. M. Richardson 174
Advertisements 174
The Science of Society: Book Review of ‘The Science of Society’ (1851) by Stephen Andrews by Harriet Shaw Weaver 175
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 176
Correspondence The Order of the Brothers Minor by Ezra Pound 176
Correspondence Syndicalist Prostitution by Steven T. Byington 176
Correspondence Beauty and the Human From by W. P. Arnold 176
Correspondence Miss Pankhurst and Purity by R. B. Kerr 177
Correspondence The Dangers of Marriage by R. B. Kerr 178
Correspondence Salvationism by R. G. 178
Correspondence The House of My Friends by Deidtrisch Pheffenschnelder 178
Correspondence An American Comment by Clarence Lee Swartz 178
Advertisements 179

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 10 | 1913-11-01
Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 181
The Art of the Future 181
Views and Comments 183
What Is ‘Sanity’ by Alice Groff 185
On Interference with the Environment—IV: Thoroughfares; and Pisciculture by Steven T. Byington 186
Advertisements 186
Rabindranath Tagore: His Second Book into English—Book Review of ‘The Gardener’ by Rabindranath Tagore by Ezra Pound 187
Sayings of K’ung the Master—I by K’ung the Master 188
Sayings of K’ung the Master—I by Allen Upward 188
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—XI: The Barge by Remy De Gourmont 191
The Horses of Diomedes’—XI: The Barge by C. Sartoris 191
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—XII: Perfumes by Remy De Gourmont 192
The Horses of Diomedes’—XII: Perfumes by C. Sartoris 192
The Serious Artist—III: Emotion and Poesy by Ezra Pound 194
Graveyard Fruit by Bolton Hall 195
Discipline and the New Beauty by Edgar A. Mowrer 196
The House of Vision by Huntly Carter 197
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 199
Correspondence The Angel Club by The Chancellor 199
Note by Editors 199
Advertisements 199

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 11 | 1913-11-15

Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 201
Beauty and the Senses 201
Views and Comments 203
Sayings of K’ung the Master—II-V by K’ung the Master 205
Sayings of K’ung the Master—II-V by Allen Upward 205
On Interference with the Environment—V: Mainly on Offenses to the Eye by Steven T. Byington 206
The Divine Mystery: Book Review of ‘The Divine Mystery’ by Allen Upward by Ezra Pound 207
Otakar Brezina by P. Selver 208
Places of Harmony and Solace by Otakar Brezina 208
Places of Harmony and Solace by P. Selver 208
Art by Otakar Brezina 209
Art by P. Selver 209
The Silent Ocean by Otakar Brezina 209
The Silent Ocean by P. Selver 209
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—XIII: The Lamb by Remy De Gourmont 210
The Horses of Diomedes’—XIII: The Lamb by C. Sartoris 210
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—XIV: The Chestnut Trees by Remy De Gourmont 211
The Horses of Diomedes’—XIV: The Chestnut Trees by C. Sartoris 211
The Serious Artist—IV by Ezra Pound 213
The Battle of the Cubes by John Cournos 214
Advertisements 215
August Strindberg: Book Review of ‘Confessions of a Fool,’ ‘Marriage,’ ‘Legends,’ ‘The Inferno,’ ‘In Midsummer Days,’ ‘The Red Room,’ and ‘The Son of a Servant’ by August Strindberg by C. H. 216
Lego et Penso by Benjamin R. Tucker 217
A Fabian on Banking Reform by Henry Meulen 218
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 219
Correspondence The Individualist by Alice Groff 219
Correspondence Sanctity and Slumdom by Otway M’Cannell 219
Note by Editors 219
Advertisements 220

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 12 | 1913-12-01

Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 221
Le Théâtre du Vieux Colombier by F. S. Flint 221
Views and Comments 222
An Epidemic of Law by Clarence Lee Swartz 225
Advertisements 225
M. Marinetti’s Lectures by Richard Aldington 226
Reviews: Book Review of ‘The Tempers’ by William Carlos Williams by E. P. 227
Reviews: Book Review of ‘Lumières du Monde’ by Paul Castiaux by E. P. 227
Further Instructions by Ezra Pound 228
Les Millwin by Ezra Pound 228
Ancora by Ezra Pound 228
April by Ezra Pound 228
Gentildonna by Ezra Pound 228
Surgit Fama by Ezra Pound 228
Convictions—I-III by Ezra Pound 228
The Choice by Ezra Pound 228
The Rest by Ezra Pound 228
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—XV: The Dream by Remy De Gourmont 229
The Horses of Diomedes’—XV: The Dream by C. Sartoris 229
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—XVI: The Fan by Remy De Gourmont 230
The Horses of Diomedes’—XVI: The Fan by C. Sartoris 230
The Dearth of Genius by Edgar A. Mowrer 232
Sayings of K’ung—VI-X by K’ung the Master 233
Sayings of K’ung—VI-X by Allen Upward 233
Contes Macabres: My Case by Frances Gregg 234
Contes Macabres: Condemned to Die by Frances Gregg 235
Contes Macabres: A Letter by Frances Gregg 236
Truth about Homer: Concerning Homer and Chronology by Richard Aldington 237
Blaspheming Creation by Huntly Carter 238
Editorial Note by Editors 239
Advertisements 239

The New Freewoman | Volume 1 Number 13 | 1913-12-15

Subtitle: An Individualist Review
Edited by: Dora Marsden

Contents 241
Karos, The God by Allen Upward 241
Views and Comments 244
The Philosophy of Ideas by Henri Bergson 246
The British Academy by R. S. 248
Plays, Books, and Papers: Book Reviews of ‘The Desirable Alien at Home in Germany’ by Violet Hunt, ‘Gens de là et d’ailleurs’ by Alexandre Mercereau, and ‘The Road to the Open’ by Arthur Schnitzler by Richard Aldington 248
Ford Madox Hueffer: Book Review of ‘Collected Poems’ by Ford Maddox Hueffer by Ezra Pound 251
Le : Vent Qui Passe by Maturin M. Dondo 252
Les : Grelots by Maturin M. Dondo 252
Advertisements 252
‘The Horses of Diomedes’—XVII: The Laurel Bush by Remy De Gourmont 253
The Horses of Diomedes’—XVII: The Laurel Bush by C. Sartoris 253
Lego et Penso by Benjamin R. Tucker 254
My Hypothesis by Huntly Carter 255
‘Great Catherine’ by D. N. A. 256
Progress? by Otway M’Cannell 257
Correspondence Note to Correspondents by Editors 258
Correspondence On Behalf of Ideas by Steven T. Byington 258
On the Boulevards by Jack McClure 259
Editorial Note by Editors 259
Advertisements 260