Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau

1802–1876

Nationality: English

Historical Period: The 19th Century

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) was unusual for being a professional full-time writer at a time when few women were able to pursue such a career. She was a translator, novelist, speech writer, and journalist who wrote a popular defence of the free market, pioneering travel writing about a trip to America, and on the woman question.