Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2010

Entries Enhanced

Entries enhanced (not listed here are the entries, among them those on Anna Letitia Barbauld, Catherine Carswell, Elizabeth Heyrick, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Taylor, Susannah Watts, which have been transformed by use of recent biographies): Run-of-the-mill additions (new editions, new scholarship, sale prices, film versions, etc.) are not listed here.
  • Margaret Atwood: not only her latest novel but her up-to-the-minute publicizing of it.
  • E. M. Delafield: the baffled reception of her hit comedy To See Ourselves in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Lucie Duff Gordon: the publication (and cutting-edge marketing) of a novel which is based on her travel experiences but which paints an unfriendly picture of her, Kate Pullinger's The Mistress of Nothing, July 2009.
  • Carol Ann Duffy: some of her activities as Poet Laureate.
  • Maria Edgeworthand Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck: the appearance in the sale room of the latter's copy of the former's Castle Rackrent.
  • Celia Fiennes: entry revised in light of research by Frank Parker: contrary to standard sources, she was younger than her one surviving sister.
  • Sarah Stickney Ellis: a previously unknown broadside printing of her poem to raise money for a new chapel in Hoddesdon, 1846.
  • Samuel Johnson: research by John Stone shows that the first translator of Rasselas into Spanish was Inés Joyes y Blake, a feminist who used her version as the vehicle with which to publish a Wollstonecraft-type essay on women's status.
  • Elinor Mordaunt: some notice of Times Literary Suplement reviews by the young Virginia Woolf.
  • Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan: something on her important Athenæum reviewing.
  • Sylvia Pankhurst: more on her writing and paintings on Women Workers of England and on the website SylviaPankhurst.com.
  • Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck: previously unknown letters revealing her friendships with Margaret Holford, senior, and with the scientist John Murray (and more of her involvement with amateur science).
  • Menella Bute Smedley: her birthdate has been corrected (all standard sources have confused her with an elder sister who died); her godfather was the brother of writer Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins. An inheritance of five thousand pounds in 1855 must have changed her life. Thanks to Tom Bellas for new information here.
  • Githa Sowerby: the discovery of a last play, later than any known before. (This information from Patricia Riley's biography, 2009, which will be more extensively used in the next Orlando update.)
  • Violet Trefusis: the fascination of Michael Holroyd with her novel Echo.
  • Alice Thornton: the re-emergence of two volumes of her "lost" and their purchase by the British Library at the Peyraud sale (which also enabled additions about other writers, 1760-1820).