Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2014

New Author Entries

  • Rose Hickman, 1526-1613: Protestant middle-class Londoner whose memoirs of the turbulent Reformation years were preserved by her descendants as "Certaine old storyes recorded by an aged gentlewoman".
  • Sarah, Lady Cowper, 1644-1723: diarist, commonplace-book writer, and abridger (for a daughter-in-law) of a history of the world from biblical times to the present.
  • Mary, Countess Cowper, 1685-1724: like her mother-in-law a diarist, in her case of life at Court. She destroyed much of her text when anxious about possible repercussions. Odd that though she mentions her birthday in her diary no published source gives her a more precise birthdate than the year alone.
  • J. S. Anna Liddiard, c. 1780 - c. 1820: Irish poet, who writes like an Irish nationalist about British politics and like a British patriot about European issues.
  • Fanny Kingsley, 1814-91: devoted muse to her husband Charles Kingsley, who after his death compiled a biography of him and four different selections of his writings.
  • Isabella Ormston Ford, 1855-1922: activist in the causes of socialism and feminism (which she saw as indissolubly linked) and pacifism. She published novels and short stories as well as informative, polemical journalism and pamphlets.
  • Kate Parry Frye, 1878-1959: suffragist, playwright, and recently rediscovered diarist.
  • Muriel Jaeger, 1892-1969: one of the least known but not least interesting of the Somerville College novelists. Her novels present innovative and controversial ideas in the guise of science-fiction; her plays and non-fiction (biography, politics, psychology) are equally thought-provoking.
  • Anne Sexton, 1928-74: American poet whose often anguished personal writing, vividly imagistic, explores the psychic damage often inflicted on women by the gendered power-relations of the mid twentieth century.
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, born 1942: Irish poet, translator, scholar and critic, co-founder and co-editor of the journal Cyphers.