Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2010

Entries Enhanced

334 existing author entries were updated or enhanced. There has been the usual revision in the light of new editions, biographies, etc. Even newspaper items have offered new sidelights, like a report in which a son of Naomi Mitchison, a distinguished researcher in the field of drugs against tuberculosis, featured as the oldest professor in Britain, still at work at ninety. Though there has not been time to take fully into account Jackie Kay's memoir Red Dust Road (June 2010), it has been used through excerpts in the press. The most extraordinary updating is probably a belated one: the unnoticed death of Edith Templeton in 2006. Here are one or two highlights.
  • Jane Austen. In the news as ever, this time not for zombies but for the first digital edition of her literary manuscripts.
  • Simone de Beauvoir. The appearance of the long-awaited new translation of The Second Sex, its repudiation as wholly inadequate by Toril Moi, and the resulting critical controversy.
  • Agatha Christie. She too remains in the news, this time through the discovery of lost jewels which were probably her mother's.
  • Mary Delany. The major exhibition of her art works at Sir John Soane's Museum, London.
  • Elizabeth Gilding. A death-date and other details yielded by her husband's funeral sermon on her.
  • Jane Harvey. Information about her father courtesy of Jim Hepburn's research. More to follow.
  • Elizabeth Hervey. Helena Kelly, editor of her novel Ned Evans, has revealed her brief marriage as a teenager to the confusingly-named Alexander Harvie (a crony of her stepfather's) and her time as mistress of the Della Crusca poet Robert Merry, as well as a level unremarked allusion in the novel to actual personalities of the Irish nationalist movement.
  • Florence Nightingale. As the centenary of her death, 2010 has been designated International Year of the Nurse.
  • Edith Templeton. Her death in 2006, belatedly discovered by Orlando, went virtually unreported in the English-speaking press, though she had been (repeatedly since the 1950s and into her own nineties) hailed as one of the most interesting novelists writing in English.
  • Elizabeth Pipe Wolferstan. Research by John Goss has uncovered a novel she issued anonymously in 1796, before her marriage. (She is known, if at all, for her delightful poetry.) Goss's forthcoming edition has much new information from her husband's diary.