Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2014

New Author Entries

  • Anne Thérèse de Lambert, 1647-1733: French writer of conduct books and comment on the status of women, highly influential in England.
  • Mary Caesar, 1677-1741: in beautiful handwriting but atrocious spelling, she kept for more than twenty years an extraordinary journal of her own and her husband' intense involvement in the Jacobite cause, something between a political memoir and a commonplace-book.
  • Judith Cowper Madan, 1702-81: a poet of skill and charm, who seems never to have been comfortable with the identity of female writer. Her poems (far fewer after her marriage than before) appeared in print in miscellanies, apparently without her agency. They were collected in manuscript by one of her brothers.
  • Susanna Pearson, probably before 1770 – after 1817: poet (with work in magazines and two collected volumes) whose life remains almost unknown. Even the ascription to her of a single novel is not entirely certain, but both poetry and novel are full of interest.
  • May Kendall, 1861-1943: author of highly individual poetry, New Woman novels, fairy-tale, and social reform polemic.
  • Mary Frances Billington, 1862-1925: journalist whose achievements in this field were ground-breaking for a woman and who smoothed other women's way in her profession. Her books deal with Western perceptions of women's lives in India, and women's work during World War One.
  • Doreen Wallace, 1897-1989: one of the early university-educated women novelists, whose fiction is much concerned with the limited options for the educated woman; also a non-fiction about English regions, and a polemicist in the anti-tithe movement.
  • Diana Athill, publisher, fiction-writer, and author of highly-regarded, unusually frank personal and professional memoirs extending into old age.
  • Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: leading Irish poet of the second part of the twentieth century, and author of perceptive literary-critical works.