Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2014

Entries Enhanced

As always there are exciting new publications: Fleur Adcock's Glass Wings, Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam, Margaret Drabble's The Pure Gold Baby , Germaine Greer's White Beech, Susan Hill's Black Sheep, Elizabeth Jane Howard's All Change, Penelope Lively's Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time, Edna O'Brien's The Love Object, Ruth Rendell's No Man's Nightingale, Zadie Smith's The Embassy of Cambodia, and Fay Weldon's The New Countess, third in her Love and Inheritance series. Also non-publications like Timberlake Wertenbaker's new (and ancient) play, Our Ajax.
  • Also news to rejoice at: Alice Munro's being awarded the Nobel Prize for fiction. Also news to mourn: the death of Doris Lessing.
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard's death on 2 January 2014, unlike her final novel on 7 November 2013, came too late for this update to notice it properly.
  • And as usual, there are some additions that escaped earlier updates, like Louise Page's theatrical adaptation of Hugh Walpole's Rogue Herries, which played at Keswick in March-April 2013.
  • Jane Cave Norbert Schrer's research has supplied better birth and death dates, a previously unknown verse pamphlet, and a volume, long lost to sight, which with unique candour details her husband's frequenting of a brothel and infecting her with sexually transmitted disease.
  • Maureen Duffy: her eightieth birthday was splendidly celebrated at King's College, London.
  • Antonia Fraser: her study of the eighteen months leading up to the first Reform Bill, The Perilous Question.
  • Germaine Greer: her sale of her papers to the University of Melbourne.
  • Aemilia Lanyer. Simon Forman's diaries are now available online (in part) in the Wellcome Casebooks Project.
  • Amy Levy: some revisions in light of Christine Pullen's critical biography.
  • Olivia Manning: some details from Deirdre David's biography, 2012.
  • J. K. Rowling: the sensation of this update. Her publishing of a detective novel under a male pseudonym, her unmasking, and her completion of a second in what will be a series.
  • Naomi Royde-Smith: many interesting details added, originating when a user contacted Orlando to point out an error derived from the ODNB entry.
  • Mary Shelley: On Hallowe'en the first phase of the Shelley-Godwin Archive (centrepiece the ms of Frankenstein) opened to the public.