Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Field, Michael
Birth Name: Catherine Harris Bradley
Self-constructed Name: Katharine Harris Bradley
Pseudonym: Arran Leigh
Birth Name: Edith Emma Cooper
Pseudonym: Isla Leigh
Self-constructed Name: Michael Field
Used Form: Katharine Harris Bradley
Used Form: Edith Cooper
, Katharine Harris Bradley and Edith Cooper published twenty-seven tragedies, mostly verse dramas on historical or classical subjects. Only one of their plays was staged, and it received poor reviews. Their unique literary collaboration also produced eight collections of poetry, one of which pays tribute to Sappho
. Selections from their journal and letters appeared posthumously. Their Greek paganism influenced their earliest works, while their conversion to Roman Catholicism left its mark on later ones. Although MF
's work fell out of favour with most readers and critics early in her career, this collaborative oeuvre has enjoyed a recent renaissance.
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In his later years RB
became ensconced among London's cultural elite. He carried on a close friendships through correspondence and some visits with Julia Wedgwood
and Isa Blagden
—he also assisted Blagden's writing career. He...
Frances Power Cobbe
There she met and became a friend of Violet Paget
, who was then newly published under the pseudonym Vernon Lee. By the early 1890s, FPC
had become friendly with another late Victorian writer: Katharine Bradley
was a friend of the two poets who shared the name Michael Field
(who also came from Birmingham) and of the medical doctor Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(who presumably did not hold against her the...
Following Michael Field
, many twentieth-century, lesbian-identified writers treat Sappho
as a crucial precursor. She became a figure for modernism with the work of HD
and Virginia Woolf
. The Lavender Nation
was named from...
Intertextuality and Influence
The Critical reviewed this novel two months after publication. It goes unmentioned by Virgil B. Heltzel
in Fair Rosamond. A Study of the Development of a Literary Theme, 1947. Those preceding Helme in treating...
Katharine Harris Bradley
, one of the writers who published as Michael Field
, was rejected as a member of the Guild when she confessed her aetheism. Bradley's beliefs infuriated Ruskin; in one letter he...
Among the earliest of Sappho
's translators into English was Anne Finch
; among recent translators is Mary Barnard
, 1958. Stevie Smith
declined to take her on. Finch chose to render not a love-poem...
Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
The historical Sappho
had emerged by this date as a potentially lesbian or bisexual figure, for instance in the work of Swinburne
; Michael Field
's Long Ago was published this same year. Dawson's Sappho...