Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2012

New Author Entries

  • Susanna Hopton, 1627-1709, theological and devotional writer whose canon is still not clearly established. She was much concerned to adapt what she saw as the best of Roman Catholic devotional practices to serve the needs of the Anglican church.
  • Marie-Catherine de Villedieu, 1640?-1683, French writer who launched her high-profile career as Marie-Catherine Desjardins, then took the name of the lover who refused to marry her. A generic virtuoso, she was important in the history of the novel and was the first Frenchwoman to have a play professionally produced.
  • Henrietta Rouviere Mosse, d. 1835, London novelist of Irish origin who began writing for pleasure and continued as the sole support of her husband, who was totally incapacitated by strokes. Her appeals to the Royal Literary Fund make painful reading.
  • Caroline Frances Cornwallis, 1786-1858, scholar and translator, who published in journals and in her collaborative series, Short Books on Great Subjects, in the fields of science, history, philosophy, education, social critique, and women's rights.
  • Rebecca Harding Davis, 1831-1910, American journalist, novelist, and short-story writer who despite her own comfortable background made herself a voice for the industrial proletariat, male as well as female.
  • Mary Fortune ("Waif Wander"), 1833?-?1910, Australian journalist whose tough, survivor's life is still very obscure, melodramatic chronicler in fiction of the goldfields and the Australian police.
  • Edna Lyall, 1857-1903, popular writer of fiction (often historical romance), as well as a play and a childhood autobiography. Her novels take up the causes of Ireland, or the Armenians, or prejudice against the Other; several hold up for admiration foreigners, or socio-political activists, or non-Christians.
  • Edna St Vincent Millay, 1892-1950, American poet who is remembered (and often mocked) for her passionate love poetry. Her drama, her feminism, her life-writings, and politically committed writing (especially anti-war writing) have still not received critical justice.
  • Harold Pinter, 1930-2008, poet and playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, husband of Antonia Fraser.
  • Alice Walker, b. 1944, African-American writer in many genres -- poet, novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and journalist – whose writings are famous across the world as passionate anti-racist and anti-war polemics. She is best known for her novel The Color Purple.