Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2017

New Author Entries

  • Grace, Lady Mildmay, c. 1552-1620. She left (and apparently intended for publication) a mass of medical writings, as well as religious meditations and an accompanying autobiography.
  • Grisell Murray, 1692-1759. Each of her parents had behaved heroically in the painful Covenanting period of Scottish history before she was born. She marked the death of each with a memoir, relating their lives with loving admiration.
  • Radagunda Roberts, c. 1730-1788, author of translations from French (including Françoise de Graffigny's Peruvian Letters), and of stories, poems — and a volume of sermons.
  • Eliza Dunlop, 1796-1880. A published poet before emigrating to Australia, she aroused controversy and condemnation as a settler for poems expressing sympathy for the persecuted Aborigines and their threatened culture. She also translated Aboriginal songs.
  • Mary Angela Dickens, 1862-1948. She adapted books by her famous grandfather Charles Dickens, and published her own novels, short stories, journalism, memoir, and religious works.
  • Mary McCarthy, 1912-89, US author in many genres (including political analysis and art and travel books), best remembered for her novels (especially The Group, 1963, about young women graduates in New York) and account of her early years.
  • Mavis Gallant, 1922-2014, Canadian writer who lived her adult life abroad, mostly in Paris. Her body of work consists largely of short stories. She left still largely unpublished journals.
  • Winsome Pinnock, b. 1961. Black British playwright, whose socially conscious work deals with matters of race and displacement, violence of many kinds, and relations between women of different races and generations.
  • Ali Smith, b. 1962. Scottish writer whose novels and short fiction are funny, iconoclastic, and cerebral, with a playful approach to literary allusion, wordplay, and unstable gender identities.
  • Naomi Alderman, b. 1974: critically acclaimed for novels (set in twentieth-century Jewish London, academic Oxford, Roman-ruled Palestine, and a future where women wield unprecedented power) and known in the digital world as creator of Zombies Run! and Perplex City.
  • Orlando grieves for Helen Dunmore, who died on 5 June 2017.