Mary Agnes Hamilton
Standard Name: Hamilton, Mary Agnes
Birth Name: Mary Agnes Adamson
Married Name: Mary Agnes Hamilton
MAH published during the first half of the twentieth century, writing to support herself after a disastrous marriage and during a distinguished career in politics and the civil service. Many of her novels provide fictional treatments of topics that concerned her in public life: political charisma, pacifism, women's access to political activity. Her non-fiction includes books of history and geography, political analyses of the Labour Party the Trade Unions, and life-writing, most notably two successive volumes of autobiography, and the biographies of politicians including women who deserve to be better known for their activism. She calls her book about Newnham College a biography as well.
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The month before this she had quite calmly told Mary Agnes Hamilton that she had to have an operation that might prove a very big one. She then expected at most to be off work...
|Friends, Associates||Marie Belloc Lowndes||
A younger friend, Mary Agnes Hamilton , used to dine with MBL during the interwar years: early because Lowndes liked to begin writing as early as 5 a.m.
Hamilton reported that her friend was...
Hamilton, Mary Agnes. Remembering My Good Friends. Jonathan Cape, 1944.
|Friends, Associates||Lady Margaret Sackville|
|Friends, Associates||Rose Macaulay||
In 1921 RM was spending several nights a week in a room she rented in the large house of writer Naomi Royde-Smith at 44 Prince's Gardens, Kensington.
Chosen by Royde-Smith as a...
Emery, Jane. Rose Macaulay: A Writer’s Life. John Murray, 1991.
Babington Smith, Constance. Rose Macaulay. Collins, 1972.
|Friends, Associates||Naomi Royde-Smith|
|Friends, Associates||Evelyn Sharp|
|Friends, Associates||Phyllis Bentley|
|Friends, Associates||Ray Strachey||
RS got to know Mary Agnes Hamilton in 1930, through giving evidence to the Royal Commission on the Civil Service, on which Hamilton served. Casual contact over shared suffrage work had not made them friends...
|Friends, Associates||E. M. Delafield|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Laurence Hope|
|Literary responses||Vernon Lee|
|Literary responses||Beatrice Webb|
|Literary responses||Beatrice Webb||
H. G. Wells caricatured her (along with Sidney, of course) in The New Machiavelli as Altiora Bailey.
Her reputation has been first and foremost the political one which she shared with Sidney: as...
Briggs, Julia. A Woman of Passion: The Life of E. Nesbit, 1858-1924. Hutchinson, 1987.
|Literary responses||Rose Macaulay|
|Literary responses||Naomi Royde-Smith||
Mary Agnes Hamilton later called the Problems page unique both in the ingenuity and standard of its competitions and in the calibre of the persons who felt it worth while to go in for them...
14 December 1918
The post-war general election (sometimes called the coupon election) was the first in which some British women (those over thirty with a property qualification of their own or their husband's) voted.
26 December 1918
US President Woodrow Wilson (who had already been in Paris in connection with the peace conference which did not officially convene until 18 January following) was received in London with intense enthusiasm.
19 September 1931
The Japanese invasion of Manchuria began, signalling a shift of the balance of power from the Emperor to the escalating military machine.