Writers with Entries
New: January 2011
New Author Entries
Bathsheba Bowers, 1671-1718, colonial American Quaker, who wrote a number of works that do not survive, and published a spiritual autobiography which
seems have displeased the meeting of Friends in Philadelphia.
Thomas Holcroft, 1745-1809, self-made man of labouring-class origins who became a playwright, translator, novelist, and autobiographer: a leading figure
among the 1790s Radicals and a mentor of William Godwin.
Elizabeth Isabella Spence, 1768-1832, novelist and writer of travel books about England and Scotland, who takes a particular interest in local women writers.
Frances Holcroft, 1785-1844, daughter of Thomas above, and herself a poet, translator, and novelist.
Frances Isabella Duberly, 1829-1903, who accompanied her husband on service with the British army. Her letters and journals set out to capture the exclusively
male military experience of Empire (including scandalous mismanagement in the Crimea), or rather to provide, unusually, a
woman's perspective on it.
Mary Anne Barker, 1831-1911, journalist, children's writer, memoirist and travel writer. Her reminiscences of living on four continents as a subject
of the British Empire illuminate the daily struggles of life from the point of view of marriage to an officer, a farmer, or
a colonial administrator.
Anna Kingsford, 1846-86, qualified medical doctor, journalist, writer of historical fiction, and polemicist on behalf of women's suffrage, women's
education, vegetarianism, and latterly of Theosophy and eclectic Christianity.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1860-1935, American novelist, poet, lecturer, artist, economist, feminist theorist, editor, and reformer, best remembered for her story
The Yellow Wallpaper, her treatise
Women and Economics, and her utopian fantasy
Ménie Muriel Dowie, 1866-1945, travel and adventure writer, essayist and fiction writer, whose
A Girl in the Karpathians, 1891, was a sensation, and whose New Woman novels are undeservedly forgotten.
Edith Mary Moore, 1873 - after 1935, novelist and author of a treatise on gender relations. Her novels, which engage with issues of idealism and materialism,
love and suffering, masculinity and femininity, rural and urban lifestyles, were highly praised on first appearance but then
sank without trace.
Jane Gardam, b. 1928, author of fiction for children, young people, and adults, who refuses to draw lines of demarcation between one kind of work
and another. She has won awards for stories, novels, and children's books.
193 existing author entries were updated or enhanced. As usual, biographies and memoirs (notably
My Animal Life
Red Dust Road
The View from Downshire Hill
, 2004) have provided opportunities for rich additions. So have direct communications from generous friends, reporting both
their own research and other information of interest. The death of
precipitated additions beyond those from obituaries. The publication online of
's diary, sparse as that is in detail, has also provided some additions. Sources like the
TLS Digital Archive
Reading Experience Database
, which Orlando has never searched in their voluminous entirety, continue to yield valuable nuggets. Just a few specifics
Jane Austen has been, unsurprisingly, in the news again, for material ranging from Marvel comic-book versions of her works to huge prices
for sales of first editions, including what was originally the governess Anne Sharp's copy of
Emma for £325,000.
Mary Collyer: more on her children from her collateral descendant Geoff Culshaw; more on her ground-breaking children's book from Andrea
Mary Delany: when much of her life-writing was published in mid-nineteenth century, Harriet Martineau thought it "perhaps the greatest in the book way for these seven years." She had nothing good to say about the editor, Lady Llanover (under whose name this reference is concealed in the invaluable
Reading Experience Database).
Carol Shields: an interesting allusion to
Unless in Margaret Forster's
Virginia Woolf: Sarah Ruhl's New York Production of
Orlando on stage.
54 new freestanding events. Among much that is new and some of it recent, material has been added on the adoption of Gallup
polls, the publications of Mary Daly, and the newly-discovered poem by Ted Hughes about the death of
Summary of Content
11 entries (9 British women writers, 1 male writer, 2 other women writers—listed twice if their nationality shifted); 54 free-standing
chronology entries; 270 new bibliographical listings; 27,957 new tags; 944,773 new words (exclusive of tags).
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