Writers with Entries
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Mary Oxlie, fl. 1616. Either English or Scots, author of a single known poem, which discusses the difficulties of writing for a woman.
Elizabeth Warren, 1617-after 1649. Author of three hard-hitting Puritan-political pamphlets.
Elizabeth Bury, 1644-1720. A learned woman and a religious diarist who records both spiritual soul-searching and details of daily life.
Elizabeth Delaval, c. 1648-1717. Author of a diary/commonplace-book/religious self-examination, which also relates her love-affair and unwilling
marriage in terms of heroic romance.
Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford, 1699-1754. Patron, poet, editor, chiefly remembered for her poems about an Englishman betraying his native-American lover.
Mary Bosanquet Fletcher, 1739-1815. Pamphleteer, religious diarist, one of the earliest Methodist women to preach.
Eliza Parsons, 1739-1811. Prolific and popular author of two kinds of novels: didactic-domestic, and melodramatically gothic (including
two of Jane Austen's "Horrid Novels").
Elizabeth Helme, 1743/53- by 1814. Popular didactic novelist and children's writer. At least two of her books achieved huge success.
Elizabeth Hands, 1746-1815. Unusually non-deferential labouring-class poet and satirist.
Mary Ann Cavendish Bradshaw, 1758-1849. Survived a humiliating divorce case and went on to publish two extraordinary historical novels with trenchant
Maria De Fleury, before 1760- after 1792. Anti-Catholic pamphleteer in prose and Miltonic verse.
Mary Lamb, 1764-1847. Lead author of
Tales from Shakespear and other works for which her brother Charles still tends to get credit.
Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871. Hymn-writer, author of "Just as I am-without one plea".
Anne Katharine Elwood, 1796-1873. Author of a book of travels in India and a biographical collection of English women writers.
Elizabeth Fenton, 1804-75. Travelled in India, settled in Tasmania; her account of these experiences was published posthumously.
Charlotte Godley, 1821-1907. Emigrated to New Zealand in mid-nineteenth century. Her travel letters were published after her death.
Sophie Veitch, after 1837- after 1921. Scottish novelist whose obscurity belies her interest: author of sensation novels validating passion,
and trenchant reviewing of fiction.
Anna Steele, c. 1840-1914. Poet and novelist, daughter of a woman novelist. Her earliest publication is here firmly identified for the
Pandita Ramabai (Ramabai Dongre), 1858-1922. Indian poet (in Sanskrit), translator, travel writer, and activist publishing on behalf of Hindu
women. First woman to be granted the title of
Pandita for learning (by the University of Calcutta in 1878).
Beatrice Harraden, 1864-1936. Novelist and suffrage writer. Her great hit was
Ships that Pass in the Night, 1893.
Rose Allatini, 1890- c. 1980. Mostly ignored by histories, she wrote novels of Jewish family life and later of Occultist idealism. Her
work under different pseudonyms is here first considered together. Remembered solely for
Despised and Rejected, 1918 (suppressed for its pacifist message), which features centrally a gay man and a lesbian.
Margiad Evans (Peggy Whistler), 1909-1958. Short-story writer, novelist, poet, nature writer, and chronicler of her own experience with
Jennifer Dawson, 1929-2000. Novelist called "the supreme chronicler of insanity," who depicts mental breakdown from the inside, questioning
the sanity of the normal.
Michelene Wandor, born 1940. Feminist writer who began with street theatre and experimental drama, critic and anthologist, writer on Jewish
themes and on music.
Michèle Roberts, born 1949. Feminist writer of novels (including creatively updated biblical narrative), stories, poetry and memoir. Short-listed
for the Booker in 1992.
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63 existing free-standing chronology entries were also updated or enhanced.
Orlando is often its own updater. Someone doing a chronological search on "cholera" noticed that our record of the first great cholera
epidemic of the nineteenth century, drawn from impeccable medical-history sources, dated the outbreak a couple of months
after Joanna Baillie commented on the spread of cholera in London and the resulting public anxiety. A change in wording sufficed
Orlando's record more accurate than those medical sources.
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