Orlando: Women's Writing

Writers with Entries

New: July 2018

New Author Entries

  • Eglinton Wallace, ?1750-1803, poet, dramatist, and writer of prose (including one piece published as a sermon), freely expressing her mainly conservative views on politics and social issues. She pronounces uninhibitedly on politics, including the War of the First Coalition.
  • Mary Harcourt, 1780-1833, diarist and letter-writer, remarkable for her "Anecdotes Relating to the Years 1792-1795", written while her husband commanded the British army in the Netherlands during the War of the First Coalition.
  • B. M. Croker, 1847-1920, Irish novelist and short-fiction writer. Out of her large oeuvre, her novels set in India under the British Raj and her ghost stories command most interest today.
  • May Crommelin, 1859-1930, Ulster romance novelist and travel writer about South America. Her fictions, contemporary and historical, mix the unusual (a harem heroine, another who is "master" of a pack of foxhounds) with the conventional.
  • Kate Marsden, 1859-1931, controversial traveler to Siberia, campaigner to better the lives of sufferers from leprosy. The adulation that greeted her first travel book was later transformed into sneering attack, probably aroused less by her actual writing than by her lesbian relationships.
  • Flora Macdonald Mayor, 1872-1932, novelist whose sympathetic interest in the lives of unmarried middle-class women was unusual for its day.
  • Ling Shuhua, 1904-90, Chinese author whose links with British culture, the Bloomsbury group in particular, give her modernism a distinctively cosmopolitan touch.
  • Carson McCullers, 1917-67, US novelist and short-story writer, whose small output is redolent both of the straitjacket of Southern history and of the proliferations of grotesque eccentricity among her characters.
  • Deborah Levy, born 1959, British experimental novelist and memoirist of South African origin, recently reviewed as 'a major contemporary writer who never pulls her punches'.
  • Kamila Shamsie, born 1973, Pakistani-born British novelist who won the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction. She is a third-generation of woman writer. Her grandmother published a memoir, Remembrance of Days Past, 2001, her great-aunt the novel Sunlight on a Broken Column, 1961, and her mother has edited anthologies of Pakistani writing for OUP and the Feminist Press.

New Publications (from the dead as well as the living)

Fleur Adcock, Hoard; Hannah Arendt, Thinking without a Banister; Wendy Cope, Christmas Poems and Anecdotal Evidence; Helen Dunmore, Girl, Balancing and Other Stories; Antonia Fraser, The King and the Catholics; Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon; Jackie Kay, Bantam; Julia Kristeva, The Enchanted Clock; Vernon Lee, The Psychology of an Art Writer; Penelope Lively, Life in the Garden; E. Nesbit, The Lark (new edition); Ann Quin, The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments; Ruth Rendell, A Spot of Folly; Vita Sackville-West, A Note of Explanation; Zadie Smith, Feel Free; Anne Stevenson, Beyond the Boundaries(with Eugene Dubnov); Rose Tremain, Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life.

Entries Enhanced

Shelagh Delaney: commemorations of A Taste of Honey sixty years after its debut.
Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Gillian Wearing's statue of her was unveiled in April 2018, the first statue of a woman to stand in Parliament Square, Westminster.
Susan Ferrier: Val McDermid's spirited bid to add Ferrier to the list of Edinburgh's recognized literary celebrities through her Resurrection event of street theatre in January 2018.
Antonia Fraser: made a Companion of Honour at new year 2018. Congratulations!
Margery Kempe: the conference devoted to her at Oxford in April 2018, and founding of the Margery Kempe Society.
Bryony Lavery: in a single week in February her new adaptation from Graham Greene and a revival of her Frozen both opened.
Mary Pix returned to the public stage when The Beau Defeated, 1700, was revived at Stratford, UK, under the title The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich. Pix's plot and dialogue stood up well to competition from comic business, gunshots, and large dogs on stage.
Muriel Spark: various editions commemorating her centenary this year.
Elizabeth Strutt: her missing birth and death dates, from the Protestant cemetery in Rome, with thanks as so often to Andrew Ashfield.
Rose Tremain: the story of her early life as revealed in her memoir Rosie; also the 2017 edition of her transgender novel Sacred Country, with introduction by Peter Tatchell.

Free-standing events

The death of Ursula K. Le Guin (who, we confess it, is still awaiting her Orlando entry) has led to events marking landmarks in her career. Life expectancy in Britain from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century has been charted in more detail than before. 2018 has seen the entry of an avowed feminist into the royal family and a historic acceptance of abortion by the people of Ireland.

Summary of Content

10 entries (8 British women writers and 2 other women writers); 27 new free-standing chronology entries; 300 new bibliographical listings; 23,677 new tags; 92,629 new words (exclusive of tags).
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