PEN International


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Cultural formation Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
Hers was a prosperous middle-class, Methodist family, with an Irish background on her mother's side. The speaker of Rukhmabai in Idylls of Womanhood depicts herself as a maid / Whose Irish blood must send her...
death Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
Tributes to the founder of PEN poured in from writers and friends such as Louis Golding , Rebecca West , and Karel Capek .
Watts, Marjorie, and Frances King. Mrs. Sappho. Duckworth.
Friends, Associates Gladys Henrietta Schütze
On her first attendance at PEN , taken there by an American friend, Sarah MacConnell , she met Catharine Amy Dawson Scott (whom she took to at once), Galsworthy (whose work she much admired), Roma Wilson
Leisure and Society Noel Streatfeild
NS was elected a member of P.E.N. Club (later PEN International ), which had been founded a decade earlier to help and support writers.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Leisure and Society Penelope Lively
Living in Oxford, PL became an aficionado of local churches, visiting them and studying their features with the help of the guidebooks of Nikolaus Pevsner .
Lively, Penelope. A House Unlocked. Grove Press.
She also became a member of PEN International
Literary responses Patricia Beer
British Book News was as grudging about the 1975 PEN poetry anthology as it was the same year (1976) about Driving West. It reported that this series plods on with safe, unexciting choices, though...
Material Conditions of Writing Storm Jameson
During her break from The Mirror in DarknessSJ devoted herself to political activism with PEN International and other organizations. But she reserved some time for further creative writing, including three texts linked to her...
Occupation Antonia Fraser
AF 's public work continued after her second marriage. She chaired the Crime Writers' Association , and became in 1984 a founding trustee of the Authors' Foundation . When she retired as a trustee she...
Occupation Cecily Mackworth
While in Palestine in 1947-8 CM was working as a correspondent for Paris Presse and L'Aube. She was Middle East correspondent for both these papers during the next couple of years. She and Clare Hollingworth
Occupation Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
PEN stood for Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Editors, Novelists. Forty-five writers and journalists attended the dinner: they all became PEN's first members. John Galsworthy served as president until 1933.
Occupation Ruth Padel
In 2007 she sat on the panel judging the Eric Gregory awards for new writing. In 2008 she became the first writer in residence at Somerset House and the first poet in residence for the...
Occupation Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
PEN was inspired by the new post-war spirit of internationalism. CADS explained her vision for PEN: the idea is more to draw the nations together—a United States of Europe and America in literature. ....
Occupation Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
After the founding, CADS remained essential to the organization and smooth functioning of PEN . As writers from war-torn Europe poured into London, they often sought her out first to gain an entrée into literary society.
Occupation Margaret Atwood
Later, in 1982-3, MA was President of the Writers' Union of Canada . She was President of the Canadian branch of PEN International in 1984-6. She became a Vice-President of Pen International on 11 July...
Occupation Jane Gardam
In 1951 she took a job with the Red Cross , working as a travelling librarian visiting and servicing hospital libraries. She then moved into journalism, becoming a sub-editor on Weldon Ladies Journal in 1952...


5 October 1921: The P.E.N. Club (later PEN International),...

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5 October 1921

The P.E.N. Club (later PEN International ), a world association of authors, was founded in London by writers C. A. Dawson Scott and Violet Hunt .

September 1949: PEN International held a conference in Venice....

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September 1949

PEN International held a conference in Venice. Delegates included W. H. Auden , C. P. Snow , Pamela Hansford Johnson , and Cecily Mackworth .

1991: At the International PEN Congress in Vienna,...

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At the International PEN Congress in Vienna, a majority of the delegates voted for the establishment of a Women Writers Committee .


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