Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Cookson, Catherine
Birth Name: Catherine McMullen
Pseudonym: Catherine Marchant
Married Name: Catherine Cookson
As a later twentieth-century novelist, CC
broke records for popularity. On some tallies her number of novels passes one hundred, in addition to children's books and volumes of autobiography. Fiction and autobiography often overlap in her work: her plots and characters frequently draw on her own or her mother's experience of deprivation, illegitimacy, violence, rejection, and the struggle to survive financially and emotionally. When CC
died she had completed 104 works, nine of them still unpublished.
Cookson, Catherine. Rosie of the River. Bantam, 2000.
prelims and back jacket
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable, 1999.
Her central figure, Alfred White, a park-keeper in a London borough based on that of Brent, is an old-fashioned ex-soldier who combines integrity, compassion, and intense pride in his job, with a violent temper...
Ethel M. Dell
In response to a compliment on her writing EMD
replied, they are not well written and will never be called classics.
Dell, Penelope. Nettie and Sissie. Hamish Hamilton, 1977.
Highbrow journals at her death were careful not to praise. The Times Literary...
In a brief review for The Times, Jacky Gillott
entirely ignored the novel's form while contrasting its tone, to its disadvantage, with Susan Hill
's In the Springtime of the Year. She found...
's review in the Spectator must have been a blow: she likened Wesley's work to that of Catherine Cookson
and Agatha Christie
, calling it stereotyped, nostalgic, reassuring, romantic, tasteful, well-bred, very slight...
Performance of text
Kitty and Kate, a play by CL
about the popular novelist Catherine Cookson
, had its world premiere at the New Vic Theatre
at Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire.
“The Life of Catherine Cookson Comes to the New Vic Theatre in World Premiere Production”. New Vic Press Release.
Times. Times Publishing Company.
(25 Jan 2005): 17
Claire Luckham's career as a playwright was launched in 1976, when the feminist theatre group Monstrous Regiment
selected Scum (a play on which she and her husband collaborated) to open their first season. Her plays...
At this time Transworld
made MWthe first serious writer to be sold as though she were Catherine Cookson
[whom they also published] in a full-blooded, commercial way. In May 1989 they had reprinted four...
's Letters to his Son Philip Stanhope were posthumously published by his daughter-in-law Eugenia
; her omission of all material relating to herself gave rise to the story that he had not known...
Cookson, Catherine. A Dinner of Herbs. Heinemann, 1985.