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Edith Mary Oldham Lees Ellis
(1861 - 1916) U.K.

Edith Ellis

Writer

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Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, now largely figures as the lesbian wife of sexologist Havelock Ellis, who inspired her husband's work on homosexuality and who shared his affections with the writer Olive Schreiner, with whom Edith continued to have a passionate correspondence after Schreiner had returned to South Africa.

She met her futire husband through the "Fellowship of the New Life" of which she was secretary and from which the Fabian Society originated. Havelock and Edith were interested in James Hinton's ideas about sex. They married in 1891 and lived for the most part in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

Edith Ellis was a writer in her own right whose literary outpout included sketches, novels, short stories, one successful short play, and essays. Her life and weork need yet to be fully documented and explored.

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Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

Picture from: Michael Elliman, Frederick Roll, 1986. The Pink Plaque Guide to London. London: GMP

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