Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Mantel, Hilary
Birth Name: Hilary Mary Thompson
Self-constructed Name: Hilary Mantel
Married Name: Hilary Mary McEwan
The author of twelve novels (ranging from political thrillers through social satire, comedy of manners, and near-gothic), still at the height of her career, HM
has been likened to Muriel Spark
or Edna O'Brien
for the sharpness of her humour, and to Graham Greene
for her command of suspense and of accurately rendered political background. She has also published memoirs and short fiction. She is a leading practitioner of the current form of the historical novel, and her fiction encompasses as wide a variety of geographical as of historical settings, from Africa to Saudi Arabia, Ireland, northern England, and revolutionary France.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
She has more sparked controversy with her treatment of royal or political figures of her own time.
PSwrites five mornings per week and, when a fragment hits, always has a notebook to hand. She always leaves first drafts to settle for a few weeks. Influences on her writing, she says, include...
Waters says that while some of her lesbian readers felt angry or let down by her writing a book without lesbian content, this was the book that my 10-year-old self was destined to write.
Allardice, Lisa. “Sarah Waters: ’Some of my readers really did hate me. They felt let down’”. theguardian.com.
Though he had accepted it for publication, Eliot
had initially expressed little enthusiasm for this essay.
Woolf, Virginia. The Diary of Virginia Woolf. Bell, Anne Olivier and Andrew McNeillieEditors , Hogarth Press, 1984.
, reading this essay while very ill herself, indignantly rejected what she saw as Woolf's...
Critics responded with excitement to the fleshiness and sensuality of this volume, which they felt drew the reader in both emotionally and physically. Hilary Mantel
declared that CB
's poems write themselves where they ought...
, who found the proof-reading unsatisfactory and the explanatory notes robotic and elementary, praised Desai's introduction as graceful.
Mantel, Hilary. “Balm of Mecca”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 4708, p. 6.
The TLS review by Victoria Glendinning
in this collection better at people than at plots, and dealing out more scrutiny and more punishment to women than to men.
This book provoked an unusual article from journalist Mark Lawson
, centred less on Brookner than on his own response. I have mocked her dessicated sentences, characterless protagonists and action-free narratives, he wrote. The gist...
A volume of PF
's letters appeared in print in 2008, edited by her son-in-law Terence Dooley
and titled So I Have Thought of You, with a preface by A. S. Byatt
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
wrote in the Guardian that this book teaches, in every line[,] the consolations of age, the common, shareable tone of experience. Athill begins the book, in fact, with her own old age, and...
News broke that one of the bestselling nonfiction books of the year, Judith Kelly
's Rock Me Gently, included passages almost verbally identical with passages by other authors.
21 May 2013
held an auction of fifty contemporary first editions annotated for the purpose of this sale by their authors. A total of £439,200 was raised for English PEN
, of which £150,000 (the highest price)...