Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Edith J. Simcox
Standard Name: Simcox, Edith J.
Birth Name: Edith Jemima Simcox
Pseudonym: H. Lawrenny
Pseudonym: E. J. Simcox
A writer of remarkable versatility, EJS
was a prolific contributor to several major periodicals. She also published three monographic works (a series of thinly-disguised fictional vignettes, a lengthy essay on ethics, and a historical text) and penned her own fragmentary diary or autobiography. Her publishing career began during the 1870s and continued until her death in the early twentieth century.
Her younger husband wrote that he was stunned by the frightful suddenness of her death.
Ashton, Rosemary. George Eliot: A Life. Hamish Hamilton, 1996.
She was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London; the large attendance at the funeral included her estranged brother Isaac
Family and Intimate relationships
left no evidence as to her possible sexual orientation or erotic relationships. A number of critics (notably Michael Sadleir
) have suggested that an early unhappy love affair prompted her frequently cynical representations of...
Though the reviews were universally laudatory in their general tone, GE
found them disheartening. Edith J. Simcox
, reviewing the book as H. Lawrenny for the Academy in the month following publication, asserted Middlemarch marks...
Dinah Mulock Craik
, writing as H. Lawrenny in Academy, classed this novel with stray works by writers of acknowledged merit, who have taken up a crochet.