Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2011

New Author Entries

  • Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655-91, colonial American Quaker, who wrote a number of works that do not survive, and published a spiritual autobiography which seems have displeased the meeting of Friends in Philadelphia.
  • Jane Johnson, 1706-59, letter-writer, poet, author of little teaching books for her children and of the earliest identified original fairy-story in English.
  • Elizabeth Smith, 1776-1826, linguist and translator. She showed some precocious literary talent, but her outstanding abilities (denied any serious scope by her gender coupled with her family's gentry status and lack of money) lay primarily in the direction of scholarship.
  • Katherine Cecil Thurston, 1875-1911, popular novelist who achieved fame and fortune with John Chilcote, MP (The Masquerader in the USA), 1904, and whose The Fly on the Wheel, 1908, curiously parallels some of the mysterious circumstances of her own death.
  • Constance Smedley, 1876-1941, journalist, playwright, novelist, and tireless activist. She took up (and wrote a fiery polemic for) the suffrage cause, then that of the English rural poor, whom she set out to educate politically through massive popular pageants. With her husband she exercised the experimental performance arts in Gloucestershire, London, and across the USA.
  • Ethel Wilson, 1888-1980. Canadian short-story writer and novelist (born in South Africa and educated partly in England) who actively opposed the concept of 'Canadian literature', while contributing importantly to it. A pioneer of regional fiction in Canada.
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, 1905-2010, novelist, writer of historical biographies (including one on Jane Austen, two on Queen Elizabeth I, and several group biographies of famous or notorious women), and a sparkling memoirist when in her nineties.
  • Philip Larkin, 1922-85, a leading twentieth-century poet despite his slender output.
  • Andrea Levy, born 1956, Black British novelist whose fiction has broadened out from modern, ostensibly multicultural London, via the bigoted city where her parents landed from Jamaica in 1946, to the epic territory of early nineteenth-century Jamaica, with slavery in its last stages.
  • Sarah Waters, born 1966, writer of historical fiction whose debut novel, Tipping the Velvet, made headlines by its outspoken presentation of Victorian-age lesbian lifestyles.