The Tryst at the Dead Oak

Book Description

You’re about read a cautionary tale of a man who sought to dictate whom his daughter could and could not marry. He clearly wants her to remain in his home—suffering emotional abuse, being isolated, and doing his chores for him indefinitely. 

'Rita' builds the story in a way that gives you a satisfying sense of justice being served in the end, but perhaps feeling a little unethical about condoning the actions.

This Victorian era Scottish Author was utterly outrageous for her time! She will still make you think, even today.

Known by her fans by her pen names 'Rita' or 'E. Jayne Gilbert’, her real name at birth was Eliza Margaret Jane Gollan and she later became known as Eliza Margaret Jane Humphreys (after marriage). 

At at time when women were property... she rebelled and educated herself enough to fight her way into the cash and excitement of international and multilingual literary circles. She helped launch womens’ professional associations and events to support younger women who aspired to being published authors too. Eliza espoused public support for the suffragette movement. Also, she married twice. She was free thinking and brave.

Sadly, many of Eliza's original works have been lost to time. We conducted research into print archives in Australia to find this fantastic short story of hers, just for you dear reader.

Eliza’s writing is timeless and her style often reflected her desire to challenge men’s efforts to control women. This story is a great example of 'Rita' in action.


Book Details

Title: The Tryst at the Dead Oak

Author: 'Rita' aka Eliza Margaret Jane Humphreys

Preface: Penelope Fry

Published: 5 March 2021

Publisher: Editing History

First Publication

This book was published on the 5th of March, and is available on Amazon Kindle via: 

Editing Philosophy

We are publishing this work unabridged and true to the author's original vision. The father's misogyny  creates a fitting backdrop for his misfortune. It's an excellent example of a Victorian era feminist narrative. A preface has been added to provide the reader with context.

The Tryst at the Dead Oak Book Cover