Ethel Smyth

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Standard Name: Smyth, Ethel
Birth Name: Ethel Mary Smyth
All of ES 's writings are richly autobiographical. They provide an acute and open account of her experience as a woman entering a strictly delimited male field (in her case that of composing large-scale musical works). Her friend Vita Sackville-West somewhat waspishly suggested that ESmight concisely have entitled her successive books ME ONE, ME TWO, ME THREE, and so on.
St John, Christopher. Ethel Smyth. Longmans, Green, 1959.
246
As a passionate suffragist, ES wrote to show how these wretched sex-considerations were really the fashioning factor of my life.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
In particular, her work supports women in music, expresses her own frustrations with exclusion from English musical life, and analyses the complex of public interest, middlemen, and other conditions that I call the Machine.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Black and white photograph of Ethel Smyth, shown from the shoulders up. She is wearing a tweed suit jacket with a white shirt underneath and a tie. Her dark is pulled into a bun on the top of her head.
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Occupation Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
politics Edith Somerville
Next February she wrote to Ethel Smyth that the Black and Tans were worse than Sinn Féin (the Republicans). Smyth, as an Englishwoman, found this hard to believe. When the Republicans took for themselves (virtually...
politics Virginia Woolf
Virginia's work consisted mainly of addressing envelopes, and she committed herself only to some weeks of this at the beginning and end of 1910. But she was also associated with the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies
politics Edith Somerville
Perhaps with Ethel Smyth 's encouragement, ES signed a letter to the newspapers protesting at the mutilation of Joyce 's Ulysses by its American publishers.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
229
politics Virginia Woolf
VW was especially devastated by the effects of Nazi air raids on London. She had been inspired by her street haunting for many years, but was now deeply troubled by her views of the...
politics Gladys Henrietta Schütze
Peter Schütze , being Australian, thought it natural for women to have the vote, and understood that the tactic of violence was chosen only in desperation when everything else had failed.
Schütze, Gladys Henrietta. More Ha’pence Than Kicks. Jarrolds.
93-4
GHS took an...
politics Dodie Smith
They participated against her stepfather's wishes. Dame Ethel Smyth 's rousing The March of the Women left a lasting impression on DS , who received some applause herself in Trafalgar Square when a man asked...
politics Virginia Woolf
VW appeared with Ethel Smyth on the platform of the London and National Society for Women's Service (LNSWS, later renamed the Fawcett Society in honour of Millicent Garrett Fawcett ).
Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf. Chatto and Windus, 1996.
598
Author summary Virginia Woolf
Thousands of readers over three or four generations have known that Virginia Woolf was—by a beadle—denied access to the library of a great university. They may have known, too, that she was a leading intellect...
Publishing Viola Tree
VT 's daughter, Virginia Parsons , illustrated the volume.
OCLC WorldCat.
In a letter to Ethel Smyth on 1 March 1937, Virginia Woolf described this work as a manuscript thrust on us.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
6: 111
Publishing Vernon Lee
Lee may have been introduced to the Woolfs by any one of a number of her London friends; in later years Virginia Woolf heard much more about her from their mutual friend Ethel Smyth .
Reception Virginia Woolf
VW wrote to Ethel Smyth that the stories were diversions or treats I allowed myself when I had done my exercise in the conventional style.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
4: 231
An Unwritten Novel, she said, showed her...
Reception Virginia Woolf
VW feared this would be thought a dull meticulous book. She declined to send Ethel Smyth a copy, supposing that it would be puzzling and frustrating to someone who had not known its subject. She...
Residence Elizabeth von Arnim
Here, as well as at her London home, EA entertained new friends: writers Rose Macaulay , Somerset Maugham , and Michael Arlen , composer Ethel Smyth , and illustrator Ernest Shepherd .
Usborne, Karen. "Elizabeth": The Author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden. Bodley Head, 1986.
275, 287, 290
Textual Features Emmeline Pankhurst
Looking back on the texts of the suffrage movement, Virginia Woolf contrasted EP 's still style
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
5: 211
with the livelier one of Ethel Smyth .
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
5: 210-11

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