|Born||12 June 1802|
|Died||27 June 1876 (aged 74)|
|Notable works||Deerbrook (1839)|
The Hour and the Man (1839)
She wrote only one book, but many essays. The essays were sociological, religious, domestic, sexual themes, with a feminine perspective. She also translated various works from Auguste Comte. She earned enough to be supported entirely by her writing.
A young Princess Victoria, (later Queen Victoria), enjoyed reading Martineaus's publications. The Queen invited Martineau to her coronation in 1838 – an event which Martineau described, in great and amusing detail, to her many readers. Martineau has said of her own approach to writing: "when one studies a society, one must focus on all its aspects, including key political, religious, and social institutions". She believed a thorough analysis was necessary to understand woman's status under men.
One writer said "as a born lecturer and politician she [Martineau] was less affected by her sex than perhaps any other, male or female, of her generation". Often described as having a masculine intellect and body, Martineau introduced feminist perspectives in her writing on otherwise overlooked issues such as marriage, children, domestic and religious life, and race relations.
- Hill, Michael R.; Hoecker-Drysdale, Susan (2002). Harriet Martineau: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-415-94528-8.
- Postlethwaite, Diana (1989). "Mothering and mesmerism in the life of Harriet Martineau". Signs. University of Chicago Press. 14 (3): 583–609. JSTOR 3174403.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
- Martineau, Harriet; Chapman, Maria Weston (2010). Harriet Martineau's Autobiography. Cambridge University Press. pp. 79–80. ISBN 978-1-108-02258-3.
- Wilson, Christopher. "The benefits of a feminist in the family". Retrieved 10 February 2013.