Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2015

New Author Entries

  • Lady Hester Pulter, 1605 - 1678: major poet who has remained unknown until fairly recently because she seems not to have circulated her work, even in manuscript.
  • Margaret Calderwood, 1715 - 1774: Scotswoman whose journal of travelling to Continental Europe includes trenchant observations about England. She also wrote an unpublished novel and a manual about estate management.
  • Sarah, Lady Pennington, c. 1720 - 83: rejected by her husband after years of marriage and at least seven children, she performed the remarkable feat of writing a best-selling conduct book about exemplary behaviour.
  • Maria Susanna Cooper, 1737-1807: published novelist and poet, whose works for children (also printed) are lost. Didactic and conservative in fiction, she was said by her grandson to have been too submissive as a wife.
  • Isabella Hamilton Robinson, 1813 - 1887: diarist who wrote freely of her unsatisfying marriage and in breathless terms of erotic encounters with other men. Divorce court arguments remained inconclusive as to whether the diary was fact or fantasy.
  • Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910: American woman of letters, popular lecturer (on the status of women among other topics), and author of "Battle Hymn of the Republic".
  • Charlotte Eliza Humphry, 1851 - 1925: journalist credited with inventing the chatty women's gossip column. She published a highly successful series of advice books, on household management and society etiquette.
  • Anna Akhmatova, 1889 - 1966: major Russian poet and translator whose chequered career was marked at several stages by state persecution.
  • Gillian Slovo, born 1952: South-African-born novelist, memoirist, and playwright. Even her early thrillers deal in political machination and oppression: she has written both fact and fiction about South Africa's racial conflict and rapprochement, and broken new ground in docu-drama.
  • Malorie Blackman, born 1962: Black British writer for children and young people, whose teen fiction makes page-turning stories out of such serious issues as organ transplant, race hatred, and terrorism.