Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2013

New Author Entries

  • Lady Jane Cavendish, c. 1621-1669: as a young woman growing up in a highly performative social and cultural milieu, she was lead author on two dramatic works (one almost certainly performed) and a body of poetry.
  • Elizabeth (Cavendish) Egerton, Countess of Bridgewater, 1626-63: her juvenile part in her sister's theatrical and poetical works turns out slighter than once supposed, but she later wrote remarkable prayers and meditations, particularly about childbirth.
  • Sarah Murray, 1744-1811: author of pioneering guidebooks about travel in the Lake District, the Highlands, and the Hebrides, and (if correctly identified as the former Sarah Maese or Mease) of a book of pedagogy and improving fiction.
  • Mary, Lady Champion de Crespigny, 1748/9-1812: poet, novelist, and patron of other writers.
  • Mary Julia Young, before 1775 - after 1810: poet and novelist, proud of her ill-defined family relationship with the poet, playwright, and critic Edward Young.
  • Katherine Bruce Glasier, 1867 - 1950: feminist socialist writer and polemicist who urged, in pamphlets and novels, a new and different kind of society.
  • Margaret Legge, 1872-1957: obscure author of novels or unusually-angled romances, which flirt with feminist and utopian ideas and are critical of current social arrangements.
  • Tillie Olsen, 1913-2007: American Communist and feminist poet, novelist, short-story writer, and first and last a polemicist.
  • Gwen Moffat, born 1924: mountaineer, writer of memoirs (one a pioneering ecological text), travel books, a historical novel, and crime fiction including books featuring the climber and amateur sleuth Melinda Pink.
  • Joanna Trollope, born 1943: popular novelist who began with historical romances and turned to novels charting the complicated relationships within and around the contemporary family.