Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2019

New Author Entries

  • Anne, Lady Southwell, 1574-1636, who with the support of her second husband collected her devotional and philosophical poems, with a few letters, aphorisms, and business records, into an unusual commonplace-book.
  • Anne Wentworth, 1629/30-1693, Baptist who challenged the authority of her husband and the elders of her congregation, publishing a series of polemical prophecies and tracts.
  • Anna Gordon, 1747-1810, also known as Mrs Brown, collector and performer of ballads, conduit for the Scottish women's tradition of song.
  • Jane Loudon, 1807-58, known in her own day as author of works on gardening and botany (leisure activity, scientific investigation, aesthetic creation), and of a science-fiction novel, The Mummy, 1827, which forecasts a range of technological inventions and improvements.
  • Anthony Trollope, 1815-82, popular and prolific male novelist, son and brother-in-law of women writers. Women are prominent among his gallery of fictional characters, and women's issues prominent in his socio/cultural vistas of English life.
  • Charlotte Barnard, 1830-69, composer of songs (both words and music) which were highly popular with amateur performers.
  • Clara Codd, 1876-1971, Theosophist writer publishing in India and the United States as well as in England.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, 1919-2017, American writer of fiction (mostly science fiction, in which she was an influential figure) as well as poems, essays, and literary criticism.
  • Anne Enright, born 1962, Irish novelist, who has also written drama, short fiction, and journalism.
  • Helen Oyeyemi, born 1984, Nigerian-born British novelist who won fame at an early age. She has also written drama and short fiction.

New Publications

Gillian Allnutt, wake; Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls; Kate Clanchy, ed., England. Poems from a School; Helen Dunmore, Girl, Balancing and Other Stories; Sarah Chapone, The Hardships of the English Laws (1735), ed. Susan Glover; Carol Ann Duffy, Off the Shelf; Carol Ann Duffy, Sincerity; Helen Dunmore, "Envoi" in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary Short Story; Bernardine Evaristo, "Monologue. The Unthinkable"; Germaine Greer, On Rape; Elizabeth Kleinhenz, The Life of Germaine Greer; Susan Hill, The Comforts of Home; Susan Hill, Jacob's Room is Full of Books; Ruth Padel, Emerald; Ruth Pitter, Sudden Heaven. The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter. A Critical Edition, ed. Don W. King; Sylvia Plath, Letters of Sylvia Plath, vol. 2; Adrienne Rich, Essential Essays, ed. Sandra M. Gilbert.; J. K. Rowling, Lethal White; J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Noel Streatfeild, Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories.

Entries Enhanced

Jane Austen: added her descent from Margaret Roper. How pleasing that Austen should have so brave and so talented a foremother!
Elizabeth Bishop: much revision from the biography by Megan Marshall.
Margaret Bryan: courtesy of research by Nicole Infanta Keller, added her involvement in the educational board game Science in Sport.
Augusta Ada Byron: a few details added in the light of recent comment: Miranda Seymour's life of her and her mother, and The Making of a Computer Scientist by Christopher Hollings, Ursula Martin, and Adrian Rice.
Anne Carson: played the title role in Tacita Dean's short film Antigone (which incorporates poetry by Carson) at the Royal Academy, summer 2018
Jane Cave: corrected birth date and place, courtesy of Andrew Ashfield's research. Also added from her father's bellicose religious tract that the vicar who christened her was then at daggers drawn with her father on questions of Methodist belief and practice.
Catherine Crowe revisions from research for new entry on Jane Loudon, who was a good friend to Crowe.
Bernardine Evaristo: her sizzling monologue in Mslexia, in the voice of a member of the wronged Windrush generation.
Millicent Garrett Fawcett: another woman writer honoured on her birthday with a Google Doodle.
Charlotte Lennox: much revision of detail from Susan Carlile's recent biography. Among a wealth of new literary information, it is nice to know that it was not the author but her thirteen-year-old daughter who appeared in court to face (quite likely false) charges of assault.
Andrea Levy: her essay "Back to my Own Country", published in 2014, appears online as an item in the British Library's exhibition Windrush Stories, along with family memorabilia and the manuscript of Small Island.
Florence Nightingale: a copy of Notes on Matters Affecting the Health . . . of the British Army, which she presented to Richard Monckton Milnes, was sold at Sotheby's in July 2018 for £13.750.
Amelia Opie: new or radically revised websites recorded: The Amelia Alderson Opie Archive, at http://post.queensu.ca/~mrsaopie/, and The Correspondence of Amelia Alderson Opie: A Digital Archive, at http://ameliaopieletters.com/aboutedition.html.
Winsome Pinnock: the London revival of her first play, Leave Taking.
Lady Hester Pulter: the availability of her manuscript at the Pulter Project, http://pulterproject.northwestern.edu/.
Vita Sackville-West: her miniature book A Note of Explanation, published in 2017, original in the miniature library of Queen Mary's Dolls' House in Windsor Castle, whose fairy protagonist lives for centuries into the modernity of the 1920s – setting, it seems, the example for Woolf's Orlando.
Kamila Shamsie gave the 2018 Orwell Lecture; The Guardian then published it as "Exiled".
Ali Smith and Zadie Smith have each had a novel translated to the stage, with varying degrees of shaking up and re-imagining.
Muriel Spark, a revival at the Edinburgh Festival of her 1962 "mega-flop", the farcical satire Doctors of Philosophy.

Free-standing events

More publication events involving authors without entries; moments in the history of the British census, the anti-nuclear movement, and the AIDS epidemic; recent public events mostly of the bad-news variety.

Summary of Content

10 entries (8 British women writers and 1 other women writer and 1 male writer); 24 new free-standing chronology entries; 331 new bibliographical listings; 21,540 new tags; 79,013 new words (exclusive of tags).
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