Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2016

New Author Entries

  • Mary Mollineux, 1651?-1696: A north-country Quaker who directed her poetry to literary as well as religious ends.
  • Alison Cockburn, 1713-1794: She has a place in the story of the Scottish ballad revival, and wrote other occasional poems, letters, and memoirs.
  • Ann Thicknesse, 1737-1824: wife of a writer notorious for quarrels and shady dealing. Her first and last books (a letter to the peer who wanted her as his mistress, and a retrospective novel) deal with a scandal of her early life. She also published music manuals and a biographical dictionary of French women writers.
  • Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach, 1750-1828: aristocratic poet, amateur dramatist who set up private theatres in Newbury, London, and Ansbach (Bavaria), European travel writer, autobiographer, and subject of scandal.
  • Barbarina Brand, Baroness Dacre, 1768-1854: another poet, amateur dramatist (more tragedy than comedy), writer of literary and domestic letters, and editor of novels by her daughter.
  • Catherine Marsh, 1818-1912: writer of Evangelical and religious uplift designed to save the souls of working men and especially soldiers of the British Empire, also of a biography of her clergyman father and works on the royal family.
  • Sarah Macnaughtan, 1864-1916: novelist with an interesting approach to gender issues; now remembered, if at all, for her harrowing account, based on her diary, of nursing in the first world war.
  • Olive Senior, born 1941: poet, fiction-writer, and children's writer of the Jamaican diaspora.
  • Anne Carson, born 1950: Canadian scholar, poet, and fiction-writer, whose writings make a point of straddling several genres: prose-poems and novels in verse. She loves to recast classical myth, and her translations of Greek tragedy have been acclaimed on stage in London and the USA.
  • Candia McWilliam, born 1955: novelist, short-story writer, and author of remarkable accounts of her struggles with alcoholism and with the condition of blepharospasm, which produces blindness.