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.