Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2018

New Author Entries

This batch of new entries remarkably reflects the international aspect of British women's writing. We have here authors of English, Irish, Welsh, New Zealand, Nigerian, and totally unknown origins and allegiances; we have careers largely pursued in Italy, Mexico, New Mexico, New York, and all around the world; we have intimate involvement with other cultures — not only the list just above, but also the Russian, Ukrainian, French, Polish, Ruthenian, and Yucatec Maya languages.
  • Mrs E. M. Foster, novelist whose attributions and whose very existence are contested, who published between 1795 and 1809 (or possibly even 1817). Her name is (arguably) linked with one particularly interesting text: The Woman of Colour, 1808.
  • Linda Villari, 1836-1915, novelist, journalist, travel writer and translator. Her novels tend to be thin on plot (often related to actual events and people) but were praised for the same descriptive powers as her non-fiction about Italy.
  • Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, 1851-1910, archaeologist and writer whose texts (from a travel diary to epic poems) sprang from her passion and her husband's for the ancient history of Yucatán in Mexico, and their field-work among the people there.
  • Ethel Lilian Voynich, 1864-1960, translator and novelist associated with the European revolutionary movements of the late nineteenth century. She rendered into English texts from Russian, Ukrainian, French, Polish, and Ruthenian, and scored a worldwide hit with her novel The Gadfly, 1897.
  • Daisy Ashford, 1881-1972, one of the most famous of child writers, remembered for her novel of love and social climbing The Young Visiters, written at the age of nine.
  • Dorothy Brett, 1883-1977, modernist painter whose best-known writing (among other memoirs and travel journals) is an account of her life-changing experience as friend and disciple of D. H. Lawrence.
  • Ngaio Marsh, 1895-1982, New Zealand detective-story writer who was also distinguished as a painter and a director of Shakespeare. She spent much of her life in England and the majority of her novels are set there.
  • Leonora Carrington, 1917-2011, Surrealist painter and writer who spent much of her life in Mexico, the US, and Europe, whose fiction and memoir often feature episodes of violence and social disruption from perspectives of girls and women.
  • Jan Morris, born 1926, Welsh trans journalist, travel writer, author of popular histories of the British Empire, and memoirist who is well-known for Conundrum, 1974, about the sex-change experience.
  • Bernardine Evaristo, born 1959, Black British author of verse novels as well as (later) prose fiction and short fiction. She actively in promotes BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) writing in and well beyond academic communities.