A number of novels written by women using male pseudonym’s have now been reissued using the authors’ actual names.
The collection includes George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which has now been reprinted under the author’s real name, Mary Ann Evans for the first time.
In total there are 25 titles that have been released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
The Reclaim Her Name library reprints all feature brand new cover artwork from female designers.
The other titles in the collection include A Phantom Lover, a gothic horror novel written by Violet Paget and published under her pen name Vernon Lee, and Indiana by French novelist Amantine Aurore Dupin who published under the name George Sand.
The founder dirtector of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse, said these re-prints were “a lovely way to celebrate” the award’s 25th anniversary.
She also said that the initiative would continue a process of “empowering women, igniting conversations and ensuring they get the recognition they deserve”.
The entire collection of novels can be downloaded for free as e-books from the website of Baileys, the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s sponsor.
A small selection of physical box sets will be donated to a few libraries across the country.