Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2015

Entries Enhanced

There are the usual exciting new publications: Virago's new edition of Stevie Smith's Novel on Yellow Paper and the appearance of Mary Kingsley and others in Penguin's Little Black Classics series, as well as new writing like Antonia Fraser's My History; Toni Morrison's God Help the Child; Dervla Murphy's Between River and Sea. Encounters in Israel and Palestine; J. K. Rowling's brilliant Very Good Lives (her Harvard commencement speech of 2008); and Marina Warner's scintillatingly angry analyses of the situation in British universities. We also had advance notice of new books soon to come from two splendid elders: Diana Athill and Edna O'Brien.
Again, a sad loss to report. Ruth Rendell died on 2 May (but there is still another book, Dark Corners, to wait for: due in October).
  • Anna Atkins: had her birthday honoured with a Google Doodle.
  • Joan Aiken: a stage adaptation of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase opened at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.
  • Lady Charlotte Bury: revision in light of Edward Copeland's The Silver Fork Novel; note that her novel The Divorced, 1837, which professes to quote Pope on its title-page, is actually quoting Matthew Prior.
  • A revival of Caryl Churchill's play about popular resistance, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, was timed to coincide with the British general election.
  • Gillian Clarke contributed to the Observer's pre-election survey "Britain Uncovered".
  • Anne Damer's posthumous Journal of the Heart, 1830, reclaimed for her on evidence presented in Edward Copeland's The Silver Fork Novel, though library catalogues, ignoring what is clearly stated in the preface, wrongly assign it to Damer's cousin Lady Charlotte Bury.
  • Anne Katharine Elwood: Kirstyn Leuner's paper at Digital Diversity 2015 let us know about the extraordinary 4-volume extra-illustrated set of her Memoirs of the Literary Ladies of England, 1843, which is now at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Anne Finch. Mention of the Anne Finch Digital Archive.
  • Bryony Lavery: her gender-bending adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island played at the National Theatre at Christmas 2014, and she took part in debate on verbatim theatre and its effects — an issue relevant to Orlando's new Gillian Slovo entry.
  • Doris Lessing: her 1959 play Each His Own Wilderness was revived at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, Surrey.
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Jacqui Grainger's welcome plan to digitize and make available her commonplace-book. And some details added on her two poems about an alleged attempted rape.
  • Arbella Stuart. Hardwick Hall is commemorating her in this four-hundredth centenary of her death.
  • Mary Tighe: her beautifully illustrated "Verses Transcribed for H. T.", now edited online by Harriet Kramer Linkin, enlarge our sense of her poetic achievement; the introduction helps to explain why she was, she said, "a great coward as to publication".
  • Joanna Trollope generously donated her literary manuscripts to the Bodleian Library.