Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2017

Entries Enhanced

Anna Atkins: mention of "New Realities", major exhibition at the Riksmuseum in Amsterdam, summer 2017, centred on a copy of her masterpiece, Photographs of British Algae. Cyanotype Impressions, 1843.
Margaret Atwood: added insights (on topics like The All-Star Eclectic Typewriter Revue, and "Regional Romances; or, Across Canada by Pornograph") from The Burgess Shale, the printed version of her Henry Kreisel Lecture of 2016. Also on The Handmaid's Tale at the present historical moment.
Beryl Bainbridge: Brendan King's biography, which presents her life "openly and honestly for the first time", has yielded much that was not generally known. Her many lovers, her suicide attempts, her drinking, are not quite irrelevant; they illuminate the mysterious interdependence of life and writing.
Maria Barrell: Thanks to Andrew Ashfield her extraordinary life-story has been fleshed out: first marriage in Grenada, slave-owning, second marriage, the workhouse, and repeated prison terms for passing counterfeit money.
Enid Blyton: added a mention of Bruno Vincent's spoof series, Five Give up the Booze, Five on Brexit Island, etc.
Anna Eliza Bray: added mention of Diane Duffy's notion that Bray envisaged a national tale for England, to match those of Ireland and Scotland.
Angela Carter: mention of Emily Temple's website of startling "fan art": visual responses to Carter.
Margaret Catchpole: further information turned up in course of working on Eliza Dunlop.
Elizabeth Cooper, dramatist and pioneer of the historically-arranged poetry anthology: we just learned that a poetry volume of 1629, with her annotations, was on sale in 2015 at $11,500.
Agatha Christie: the BBC tv revival, at Christmas 2016, of Witness for the Prosecution.
Carol Ann Duffy as Poet Laureate collaborated with the people of the United Kingdom to produce the astonishing theatrical statement "My Country; a work in progress", which toured England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales in spring 2017.
George Eliot: the emergence of a pastel sketch which may represent her as a young woman.
Ethel Smyth: Retrospect Opera, who already put out a recording of The Boatswain's Mate, 1916, is now fund-raising to record her Fete Galante, 1922.
Mary Somerville: notice of her remarkable productions as a visual artist.
Helen Taylor: added her gift of J. S. Mill's English library, after his death, to the newly founded Somerville College, Oxford.
Josephine Tey: much new information about the life which she kept so private, from Jennifer Morag Henderson's biography.
Joanna Trollope: added her somewhat unedifying spat with J. K. Rowling about the latter's energetic tweeting of opinions on world politics.
Edith Wharton: the re-emergence of her lost play, "The Shadow of a Doubt", 1901.
Jeanette Winterson: mention of Oxford University's commissioning of her portrait as one of a new turn towards representing diversity.
Mary Wollstonecraft: mention of the novels by Nancy Means Wright in which she is a series detective.