Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2009

New Author Entries

  • Elizabeth Walker, 1623-90. Miscellaneous religious writer and memoirist.
  • Elizabeth Burnet, 1661-1709. Diarist, letter-writer, Latitudinarian devotional writer and political lobbyist.
  • Sarah, Lady Piers, 1667 or after - 1719. Poet writing on theatrical and political topics.
  • Elisabeth Wast, before 1670 - before 1724. Scottish religious autobiographer. Standard reference sources give her name as 'West' and misreport by forty years the date of her single, highly influential, text.
  • Elizabeth Justice, 1703-52. Author of two unusual works, a travel-book about Russia and an autobiographical novel.
  • Mary Palmer, 1716-94. Author of dialogues in the Devon dialect.
  • Frances Reynolds, 1729-1807. Writer of aesthetic theory, memoirs, and poems.
  • Elizabeth Hervey, c. 1748-1820. Novelist, often wrongly supposed to be the central target of burlesques by her half-brother William Beckford of popular women's fiction.
  • Caroline Herschel, 1750-1848. Celebrated astronomer; also science writer, diarist and memoirist.
  • Maria Riddell, 1772-1802. Scottish poet, travel-writer, anthologist, friend and first published critic of Robert Burns.
  • Ann Hawkshaw, ?1812-1885. Writer of historical poems set in periods of heroic struggle.
  • Laura Ormiston Chant, 1848-1923, poet and writer about the social purity crusade and other gender concerns.
  • L. S. Bevington, 1845-95. Poet and anarchist-communist activist. Her poetry is comparatively well known, her political writing neglected.
  • Harriett Jay, 1857-1932. Author of popular political novels about conditions in Ireland, and dramatist in collaboration with her better-remembered stepfather, Robert Buchanan.
  • Rosita Forbes, 1890-1967. Travel-writer whose books about Arab, South American and Caribbean places often merge with memoir, biography, and political writing.
  • Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963, male novelist, poet, and non-fiction writer best-known for his speculative dystopian fiction Brave New World.
  • Dylan Thomas, 1914-53. Male Welsh poet who also published essays, short stories, and a famous radio dramatic piece, Under Milk Wood.
  • Monica Furlong, 1930-2003. Feminist churchwoman, theologian, and fiction writer, activist in the struggle for the ordination of women in the Anglican church.
  • Luce Irigaray, born 1930, important French feminist theorist and proponent of écriture feminine.
  • Ruth Fainlight, born 1931. Belatedly recognized poet, translator, short-story writer, a personal friend of Robert Graves, Ted Hughes, and especially Sylvia Plath.
  • Hélène Cixous, born 1937. One of the key French feminist theorists; author too of fiction, drama, poetry, and memoirs.
  • Ruth Padel, born 1946. Poet, classical scholar and critic, anthologist and environmental writer: recently, briefly, the first female Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
  • Penelope Shuttle, born 1947. Poet of the female body; also author, with her poet partner Peter Redgrove, of experimental fiction and of The Wise Wound, a study of menstruation.
  • Louise Page, born 1955. Dramatist of closely-observed human relationships.
  • Sarah Daniels, born 1956. Radical feminist playwright and radio dramatist. The first living woman to have a play performed at the National Theatre.