Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2016

Entries Enhanced

Scrumptious new books to report. Many paid homage to Shakespeare this April, including Malorie Blackman in a most unusual young-adult story, Carol Ann Duffy in a masque, and Duffy, Wendy Cope, and many others in poetry. Maureen Duffy has published Pictures for an Exhibition, Helen Dunmore Exposure, and Rose Tremain The Gustave Sonata. Gillian Slovo published a novel, Ten Days, and had a new verbatim play produced: Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State. The 15-volume edition of Françoise de Graffigny's letters edited by English Showalter is complete. Pauline Johnson was splendidly represented in Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson's Writings on Native North America, edited by Margery Fee and Dory Nason, 2015, and Janis Dawson edited for Broadview Press L. T. Meade's The Sorceress of the Strand and Other Stories, 2016.
The entry on Medora Gordon Byron, that dubiously-named novelist, has been rewritten (perhaps not for the last time) in the light of Andrew Ashfield's suggestion that 'Miss Byron' must have stood for Julia Maria Byron. Elizabeth Beverley (who, we now know, died of destitution in the workhouse), Harriet Downing (both of whose husbands, we now know, went bankrupt) and a number of other entries have benefited, too, from his trawling through wills and registers. Orlando is grateful.
Lissa Paul has newly identified Eliza Fenwick as responsible for another anonymous work for children: Songs for the Nursery, 1805. This first brought the world the haunting quatrain 'Arthur O'Bower', which was recognized sixty-five years ago as by Dorothy Wordsworth, but still appears all over the internet as anonymous and traditional.
Lucy Hutton. The Bodleian's purchase of her Six Sermonicles with her husband's inscription led to discovery of further information about this hitherto obscure proto-feminist in his writings and his ODNB entry.
Pamela Hansford Johnson. Orlando has noted disagreement about her status between Wendy Pollard (biographer) and Tessa Hadley (reviewer).
Patricia Highsmith has been fictionalized in Jill Dawson's The Crime Writer.
Sarah Kane. An extraordinary operatic adaptation of 4.48 Psychosis by Philip Venables.
Hannah More. The Letters of Hannah More. A Digital Edition has been noted.
Mary More's feminist manifesto "The Womans Right Or Her Power in a Greater Equality to her Husband" has finally reached print, more than 350 years after she wrote it.
Mary Ann Radcliffe, Romantic-era feminist and memoirist, now has her birth family identified.
ALCS and the National Literacy Trust have set up a new annual award in memory of Ruth Rendell, to reward service to literacy.
J. K. Rowling, or the Rowling team, has conquered new territory, the stage, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The life of Eleanor Sleath, whose gothic writing attracted Jane Austen's attention, used to be a blank to history. Now we have a birth family for her, a social circle, a tragic first marriage, and a scandalous second marriage — thanks to the 'Sleath Sleuths' Rebecca Czlapinski and Eric C. Wheeler.
Julia Howe Ward: some revision consequent on Elaine Showalter's splendid new biography.
Mary Wollstonecraft: a street is to be named after her in the new King's Cross area, though the statue at Newington Green is still doubtful.