Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: July 2019

New Author Entries

  • Alice Sutcliffe, c. 1605-c. 1633, religious writer in prose and verse. Her prose meditations end with a poem which discusses Eve's and Adam's respective responsibility for the Fall.
  • Dorothy Sidney Spencer, Countess of Sunderland, 1617-84, letter-writer, purveyor of court politics, called by a friend "the most eloquent pen in England."
  • Janet Schaw, c. 1737-1801, travel-writer, who described for a friend her journey to the Caribbean, the American colonies on the edge of revolution, and Portugal. She has a bad name today as an apologist for plantation slavery.
  • Ella D'Arcy, 1857-1937, short-story writer, New Woman, editor of The Yellow Book, translator.
  • Mabel Birchenough, 1859-1936, one of a whole family of women writers: author of a guidebook, three novels, and periodical writing.
  • Rosemary Sutcliff, 1920-92, disabled writer for children and young people, specialist in stirring stories set in the post-Roman era and the Dark Ages: in lesser-known periods of British history.
  • Flannery O'Connor, 1925-64, writer mainly of short stories set the American South: neither among the white plantocracy nor the descendants of slaves, but among white people with severely limited horizons and hardscrabble lives.
  • Bessie Head, 1937-86, born into South African apartheid and exiled by it, living in Botswana, whose fiction is an exhilarating mix of the transcendental and the realistic.
  • Jean Binta Breeze, b. 1956, Jamaican-British performance poet, often classified against her own will as the first female dub poet.
  • Claire Keegan, b. 1968, Irish writer of minimalist short stories.