Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Wickham, Anna
Birth Name: Edith Alice Mary Harper
Married Name: Edith Alice Mary Hepburn
Pseudonym: Anna Wickham
Pseudonym: John Oland
Anna Wickham was a prolific poet of the earlier twentieth century: in addition to several hundred published poems, more than a thousand remain unpublished.
Hepburn, James et al. “Editor’s Note and Acknowledgements”. The Writings of Anna Wickham, Free Woman and Poet, edited by Reginald Donald Smith, Virago Press, p. xxv - xxvi.
Her poems, with their unique blend of acerbity and lyricism, offer an explicitly female, often feminist, perspective on subjects ranging from marriage and motherhood to poetry itself. Louis Untermeyer
has commented that [t]he very tone of her poetry reflects the disturbed music and the nervous protests of her age.
Untermeyer, Louis. “Anna Wickham”. Modern British Poetry, Mid-Century Edition, edited by Louis Untermeyer, Harcourt, Brace, pp. 276-7.
Despite his and others' efforts, her poetry has received scant critical attention over the years. In addition to poetry, AW
wrote an unfinished autobiography and a handful of essays, some of which were published posthumously.