Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2019

New Author Entries

  • Alice Sutcliffe, c. 1605-c. 1633, religious writer in prose and verse. Her prose meditations end with a poem which discusses Eve's and Adam's respective responsibility for the Fall.
  • Dorothy Sidney Spencer, Countess of Sunderland, 1617-84, letter-writer, purveyor of court politics, called by a friend "the most eloquent pen in England."
  • Janet Schaw, c. 1737-1801, travel-writer, who described for a friend her journey to the Caribbean, the American colonies on the edge of revolution, and Portugal. She has a bad name today as an apologist for plantation slavery.
  • Ella D'Arcy, 1857-1937, short-story writer, New Woman, editor of The Yellow Book, translator.
  • Mabel Birchenough, 1859-1936, one of a whole family of women writers: author of a guidebook, three novels, and periodical writing.
  • Rosemary Sutcliff, 1920-92, disabled writer for children and young people, specialist in stirring stories set in the post-Roman era and the Dark Ages: in lesser-known periods of British history.
  • Flannery O'Connor, 1925-64, writer mainly of short stories set the American South: neither among the white plantocracy nor the descendants of slaves, but among white people with severely limited horizons and hardscrabble lives.
  • Bessie Head, 1937-86, born into South African apartheid and exiled by it, living in Botswana, whose fiction is an exhilarating mix of the transcendental and the realistic.
  • Jean Binta Breeze, b. 1956, Jamaican-British performance poet, often classified against her own will as the first female dub poet.
  • Claire Keegan, b. 1968, Irish writer of minimalist short stories.

New Publications

Carol Ann Duffy, Collected Poems (expanded from 2015 edition); Helen Dunmore, Counting Backwards. Poems 1975-2017; Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other; P. D. James, "The Victim" (and other writers' stories reprinted from collections by Faber as stand-alone slim paperbacks); Jan Morris, In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary; Toni Morrison, A Mouth Full of Blood (published in the USA as The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations); Margaret Oliphant, "The Library Window" as a stand-alone book; Sylvia Plath, "Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom"; Adrienne Rich, Selected Poems 1950-2012; Ali Smith, Spring.

Entries Enhanced

Frances Neville, Baroness Abergavenny: entry now records, courtesy of research by Louise Horton, the many reprintings of much of her writing from the 16th to the 18 century.
Enid Blyton: a theatrical version of Malory Towers played at Bristol Old Vic this summer.
Charlotte Brontë: her lost manuscripts (a long poem and a short story) discovered in a book that once belonged to her mother, published by the Brontë Society on 1 November 2018.
Sarah Chapone: new information from Susan Glover's edition of her ground-breaking feminist treatise, 1735 (also some details on Mary Delany).
Kate Clanchy: cited in Anne Youngson's Meet Me at the Museum.
Ann Batten Cristall: added biographical detail from research by Charlotte MacKenzie.
Susannah Dobson new information from research by Andrew Ashfield.
Daphne Du Maurier: early poems discovered in back of photo frame.
Radclyffe Hall: her manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center now digitized and available.
Jane Loudon: additions and corrections courtesy of the research of Andrew Ashfield.
Hope Mirrlees: the premiere, June 2019, of a music-and-dance version of her now upsettingly topical poem Paris, about the city ravaged by war.
Beatrix Potter: that disastrous film of Peter Rabbit.
Anne Sexton: discovery of some early poems, unknown although in full sight.
Githa Sowerby: not one but two new revivals of Rutherford and Son, which seems now assured in its classic status.
Rose Tremain: controversial opinions about contemporary poetry.
Anna Jane Vardill: added mention of the Vardill Society and ongoing work on her manuscripts.
Priscilla Wakefield another author who now has the tribute of a fine website.

Free-standing events

Added events are mostly recent, reflecting either the current turmoil over global issues affecting us all, or else developments in the area of social media.

Summary of Content

10 entries (6 British women writers, 4 other women writers); 18 new free-standing chronology entries; 224 new bibliographical listings; 18,027 new tags; 71,049 new words (exclusive of tags).
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