Carmen Callil

Standard Name: Callil, Carmen


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death Angela Carter
On 23 February an obituary by Margaret Atwood appeared in the London Observer, and one by Carter's friend and publisher Carmen Callil in the Sunday Times.
Sage, Lorna. Angela Carter. Northcote House, 1994.
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Friends, Associates Antonia White
AW made several new friends during her seventies. They included Sorbonne professor Gabriel Boucé , the German poet Fred Marnau and his wife Senta , the novelist Kate O'Brien , and the actress Elizabeth Sprigge
Friends, Associates Anita Brookner
Her friends included her former teacher the art historian and spy-master Anthony Blunt , publisher Carmen Callil , novelist Julian Barnes , who met her in 1984 when they were both on the Booker shortlist...
Friends, Associates Rosamond Lehmann
In her final decade RL 's old friends found her difficult and demanding; but the rediscovery of her novels brought her the pleasure of young friends: publisher Carmen Callil , novelist Anita Brookner , and...
Intertextuality and Influence Angela Carter
She embarked on this book at the suggestion (in 1972) of Carmen Callil , who wanted it for Virago Press before the press was up and running. It became one of their opening titles. AC
Literary responses Antonia White
Callil felt that this novel (a classic—funny, wonderfully written, which was pressed into her hands by Michael Holroyd in 1977) was the first to cast light on her own convent upbringing in Sydney, Australia...
Literary responses Margaret Forster
Carmen Callil judged this the best thing that MF ever wrote.
Gorb, Ruth. “Margaret Forster obituary”.
Literary responses Rosamond Lehmann
Elizabeth Bowen published an appreciative review of this novel in The New Statesman and Nation on 11 July 1936.
LeStourgeon, Diana. Rosamond Lehmann. Twayne, 1965.
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Ralph Straus and Cecil Day Lewis were also lavish with their praise. Q. D. Leavis
Literary responses Christina Stead
Anne Duchêne , too, expressed admiration for this weirdly laborious, gothic story, calling it a sombre panel, a long and painful expressionist essay, with really only three—or two and a half—characters. She reserved her highest...
Literary responses Christina Stead
One outspoken admirer of CS was Angela Carter , who likened the experience of reading her to plunging into the mess of life itself'.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
She strongly recommended Stead's work for re-issuing in the Virago Modern...
Literary responses Dorothy Whipple
DW was an unacknowledged favourite of Ivy Compton-Burnett and evidently of Elizabeth Taylor too, since Taylor borrowed for her novel Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont from the opening of a story among Whipple's papers, which...
Publishing Pat Barker
PB says that one stage she threw away the manuscript of this novel in despair, but her husband rescued it from the bin.
Jaggi, Maya. “Pat Barker. Dispatches from the front”. The Guardian, pp. G2: 16 - 19.
She said she felt the absence of models for writing fiction...
Publishing E. H. Young
This was the first novel she wrote after moving from Bristol to London. It went on to a further change of title in the United States, where it appeared in 1927 as The...
Publishing Rosamond Lehmann
At the request of Carmen Callil of Virago Press and Chatto and Windus , RL put together a collection of captioned photographs that was published as Rosamond Lehmann's Album.
Lehmann, Rosamond. Rosamond Lehmann’s Album. Chatto and Windus, 1985.
Publishing Iris Murdoch
She dedicated it to Arnoldo Momigliano , an Italian-Jewish philosopher with whom she had had an affair, and had remained friends. She repelled an effort by Carmen Callil (who had just succeeded Norah Smallwood at...


April 1971-April 1972
Inknewspaper briefly flourished in London as an offshoot of Oz, intended by its male editors as a link between national papers and the 1960s underground press.
June 1972
Spare Rib, a feminist periodical issued monthly by Spare Ribs from 27 Clerkenwell Close, London, was launched to put women's liberation on the news stands.
Doughan, David, and Denise Sanchez. Feminist Periodicals, 1855-1984. Harvester Press, 1987.
21 June 1973
Virago Press held its first board meeting (of directors Carmen Callil , Rosie Boycott , and Marsha Rowe ). The press was established in London with financial support from Quartet Books .
By Autumn 1975
Carmen Callil 's new Virago Press issued its first title, Mary Chamberlain 's Fenwomen: A Portrait of Women in an English Village, an indictment of rural poverty as it bears on women.
May 1978
Virago Press issued its first Virago Modern Classics, a historically important series most though not all of which were novels.
December 1984
The feminist publisher Virago Press , under its editor Carmen Callil , launched its own bookshop in Covent Garden, London; the opening was performed by Rosamond Lehmann .
Bouchra El-Hor , one of two British Muslim women tried this year at the Old Bailey on charges of writing material supporting terrorist action, was acquitted by the jury after Carmen Callil gave evidence about...