Unsurprisingly, a search for "Egoism" brings up four pieces from The Egoist. The most interesting piece of these was "'The Egoist's' Employment of Words," a letter to the editor of The Egoist taking Dora Marsden to task over her earlier condemnation ( "I Am," in the January 1, 1915 issue) of the way in which other feminists attempt to fight for their rights. Moreover, clicking through to this piece gave me access to many other critical pieces on the same page, other letters to the editor questioning Dora Marsden's writings and her commitment to egoism, feminism, and logic. These writings would be intriguing to tie together with Marsden's pieces in the August 1914 issue that I examined for today, comparing the 1915 criticisms of these readers with Marsden's earlier writings and examining the common themes between them.
A search for Dora Marsden as author only turns up four pieces. As it seemed that Marsden had at least one piece in almost every issue of The Freewoman
, The New Freewoman
, and The Egoist
, it seems that The Egoist
has not been extensively recorded within the timeline as of yet. Of the four pieces, two were ones I had added. The remaining pieces were "I Am," previously mentioned, which detailed the magazine's mission and professed a decided distaste for both words and civilization, and a "Views and Comments"
section of May 1, 1915 which asserted that workers were being taken advantage of and criticizes the principles of democracy. These pieces are far less focused on war, but the "Views and Comments" piece seems to hearken back to Marsden's assertions in her earlier "Views and Comments"
section of September 1914, in which she states that World War I is not inspiring men to enlist in high numbers largely because they cannot afford it.
Under the topic of class, there is little to be found. The two previously mentioned "Views and Comments" pieces are present, as well as an intriguing advertisement from Scribner's
: "If a King's Doctor told you to take Sanatogen..."
The advertisement ties issues of class to the purchase of the medicine in question.
As all of the pieces I chose were essays, there were quite a few results in this category. Significant related pieces include "The War,"
an article from The Crisis
which deals with racial issues surrounding World War I and could make for interesting comparison with Marsden's articles on class, "Artists and the War" fro
m BLAST II
, which examines the roles of artists in the war, a topic that coincides nicely with Richard Aldington's piece
. The large number of essays found here under this genre illustrates the dependence of magazines of the period on this form of content.
The timeline features 22 entries from The Egoist
. Many of these are pieces already mentioned above. The others are mainly either poetry or reviews of art, such as "Gaudier-Brzeska's Art"
from the September 1, 1915 issue, which describes the evolution of the sculptor's work and laments his death (which again echoes the assertions of Aldington that artists are being killed in the war and bringing about the end of modernist art). Poetry includes "Chicago
" and "Poems of France
." Additionally, there are several entries marking various events in Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
, which was being published as a serial in The Egoist
during the period. It appears, then, that the material within The Egoist
is neatly divided between literary or artistic material and discussion of Egoism and its philosohy and practice.
I see the timeline as a promising tool for discovery with great potential. Though there were not many terribly unusual connections, the timeline did alert me to things I might not have noticed or connected otherwise, such as the recuring discussion of Kongzi
(Confucius) and his philosophy, as well as discussion of other ancient Chinese philosophers
. Moreover, it was intriguing just to scan through the timeline and let the names of pieces catch my eye, and to see wildly disparate pieces arrayed in chronological order, placed in temporal context.