Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Q. D. Leavis
Standard Name: Leavis, Q. D.
Birth Name: Queenie Dorothy Roth
Married Name: Queenie Dorothy Leavis
Pseudonym: Q. D. Leavis
In her socio-anthropological critical monographs and essays, QDL
evaluates literature by examining it in the context of the culture from which it emerges. She focuses on intellectual, social, and moral elements of literary work, and she insists on a rigorous standard of judgement for works by well-known, as well as by unknown, writers. Her reviews and evaluations of contemporary writers could be sharply aggressive or just ferocious, as in the case of Virginia Woolf. Some of her influence derived from her status as the wife of Cambridge
critic F. R. Leavis
, but QDL
was a power in her own right. Although she inhabited the shadow of her husband in her early years, she also came to be a significant influence in the field of cultural studies and a well-defined voice in literary studies. By her own account, work by her often went into her husband's publications.
gives a very funny account of being interviewed for a place at Cambridge
by Queenie Leavis
, whose name she did not recognise, and talking confidently about Keats
in ignorance of the way F. R. Leavis
The original audience included Q. D. Roth (later Leavis)
and Kathleen Raine
. Women writers who later counted it an important influence on them included such disparate figures as Muriel Box
and Rumer Godden
Mary Augusta Ward
's meticulous character study and tragic love story is sometimes considered her best novel. It was positively received by George Meredith
, Sir J. M. Barrie
, and Henry James. James
wrote to her...
E. M. Delafield
writes that during the 1940s CY
retained wide popularity: that the London Library
's copies of her books were often checked out by readers, and that when Delafield wrote to the Times...
A Simple Story was praised by no less a modern authority than Q. D. Leavis
Stalwarts of the Labour Party
's husband had his career to think of) hated We Have Been Warned. Though NM
had explicitly denied that she spoke for any political group whatever, an...
's Autobiography had modern editions in 1974, 1988, and 1990. Q. D. Leavis
(who combined deep respect for Oliphant with harsh criticism of Charlotte Yonge
), in a preface to the 1974 edition, argued...
Dorothy L. Sayers
Q. D. Leavis
disliked this novel, and wrote a scathing review of it and its successor, Busman's Honeymoon, in Scrutiny. Leavis attacked DLS
's reputation for literariness, holding it against her that...
F. R. Leavis
launched his criticalperiodicalScrutiny as a quarterly published at Cambridge; it ran until October 1953. His wife, Q. D. Leavis
, was co-editor, though not named in the masthead.
Scrutiny, the criticalperiodical published at Cambridge by F. R. Leavis
(with his wife, Q. D. Leavis
, as silent co-editor), published its final issue.
Leavis, Q. D. “Caterpillars of the Commonwealth Unite!”. Scrutiny, Vol.
, pp. 203-14.
Leavis, Q. D. Collected Essays. Editor Singh, G., Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Leavis, F. R., and Q. D. Leavis. Dickens: The Novelist. Chatto and Windus, 1970.
Singh, G., and Q. D. Leavis. F.R. Leavis: A Literary Biography. Duckworth, 1995.
Leavis, Q. D. Fiction and the Reading Public. Chatto and Windus, 1932.
Leavis, Q. D., and Margaret Oliphant. “Introduction”. Miss Marjoribanks, Zodiac, 1969, pp. 1-24.
Leavis, Q. D., and Margaret Oliphant. “Introduction”. Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. Margaret Oliphant, edited by Annie Louisa Walker and Annie Louisa Walker, Leicester University Press, 1974, pp. 9-34.
Leavis, F. R., and Q. D. Leavis. Lectures in America. Chatto and Windus, 1969.
Leavis, Q. D. “Q. D. Leavis, review, <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>Scrutiny</span>, September 1938”. Virginia Woolf: The Critical Heritage, edited by Robin Majumdar and Allen McLaurin, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975, pp. 409-19.
Leavis, Q. D. “The Case of Miss Dorothy Sayers”. Scrutiny, Vol.