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Letters to Alice: Introduction
Letters to Alice: Plot Summary
Letters to Alice: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Letters to Alice: Themes
Letters to Alice: Quotes
Letters to Alice: Characters
Letters to Alice: Symbols
Letters to Alice: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Fay Weldon
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- Full Title: Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
- When Written: Early 1980s
- Where Written: Unknown
- When Published: 1984
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Epistolary Novel
- Setting: Australia, Singapore, and England
- Climax: Fay finds out that Alice has secured a publishing deal for her novel.
- Antagonist: Enid and Edward, as well as social, cultural, and creative pressures on women and writers.
- Point of View: First person
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Courting Controversy. In 2017, Weldon controversially stated that feminism had succeeded to such a degree that women’s lives are now easier than men’s, saying of transgender women: “The only way men have of fighting back against the natural superiority of women is by becoming women themselves.” Weldon even went so far as to publish a follow-up book to her feminist bestseller The Death of a She-Devil in which the protagonist is a transgender man who seeks the power of being a woman.
As Seen on TV. Weldon wrote the pilot episode of the popular 1970s television series Upstairs Downstairs.