Breaking the Silent Partnership: Businesswomen in Popular Fiction.

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      Discusses the portrayal of businesswomen in the 1871 novel 'The Silent Partner,' by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and in the 1911 novel 'The Iron Woman,' by Margaret Deland. Ways in which the portraiture of businesswomen is shaped by a characteristic ambivalence on the part of the middle-class writer; Social context of the novels; Evidence of predominant ideologies of women's work and woman's sphere.