Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2017

New Author Entries

  • Elizabeth Isham, 1609-54, diarist who kept both telegraphic and more expanded records of her life, with special attention to her social and spiritual struggles over her preference for remaining unmarried.
  • Anne Dacier, 1645-1720, French classical scholar, editor, and translator: for generations the type, model, and justification of the learned woman.
  • May Drummond, 1709/10-1777, Scottish Quaker pamphleteer and wildly popular preacher, who unlike most Quaker women ministers came from a successful and distinguished family.
  • Anna Jane Vardill, 1781-1852, Romantic-era poet whose couple of volumes are outshone by her extensive magazine contributions. She apparently stopped writing at her marriage.
  • Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 1820-1921, first American woman ordained to the ministry, public speaker and author of philosophic, scientific, and theological works. Sister-in-law of the pioneering physician Elizabeth Blackwell.
  • Sophia Jex-Blake, 1840-1912, fighter for women's admission to medical education, unsuccessfully in England but successfully in Scotland (as Elizabeth Blackwell was in the USA). Her publications relate to her life's work in medicine and the advancement of women.
  • Eva Mary Bell, 1878-1959, novelist, mostly under the pseudonym of "John Travers". Her strong support for British rule in India drives the plot of some, though not all, of her novels.
  • Nan Shepherd, 1893-1981, Scottish author of three modernist novels, plus poetry and a book about the Cairngorm Mountains. She is about to be honoured with a portrait on the Scottish five-pound note.
  • Hannah Arendt, 1906-75, German-Jewish immigrant to the USA, well known as a philosopher, political theorist (especially on the topic of totalitarianism), and historian of the twentieth century.
  • Eudora Welty, 1909-2001, Southern American short-story writer and novelist.