Abstract

This essay recovers a socialist and feminist writer previously overlooked by literary scholars. An author of five novels and numerous short stories, Alice Beal Parsons published for both mainstream and progressive audiences. Of particular note is her membership in the Communist Labor Party and her renunciation of a bourgeois identity. The archival discovery “Cross Purposes” is a good representation of her commitment to radicalism. Most likely composed in the 1920s or 1930s, the short story is a unique examination of a wealthy woman's role in the oppression of the women who work for her. Included with a full transcription of the story is a bibliography of Parsons's major work.

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