Violet Hunt

Standard Name: Hunt, Violet
Birth Name: Isabel Violet Hunt
Pseudonym: Violet Herris
Known mainly as a popular novelist, VH also published book and theatre reviews, translations, short stories, non-fiction, memoirs, and a biography. Her publishing career covers the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Though often initially praised, her works began to fall out of print and critical favour during her lifetime. Readers are returning to her writing, however: critics such as Marie Secor , Kathryn Ledbetter , and Donald Mason have begun to focus particular attention on her exploration of women's personal and creative struggles in familial, artistic, and social contexts.
Black and white, head-and-shoulders photograph of Violet Hunt with a tabby cat perched on her shoulder. She has short, curly hair, and is wearing a simple, dark shirt.
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Education Constance, Countess Markievicz
Julian's was then one of the largest and most rigorous private art schools in Paris. He allowed his female and male students to compete together for monthly prizes, but kept studios segregated by gender and...
Family and Intimate relationships Lucas Malet
He later became rector of Clovelly in Devon. The relationship turned out unhappily, and after some years the couple began living separately. Their marriage was childless (LM apparently let it be known that...
Family and Intimate relationships Ford Madox Ford
Ford Madox Hueffer (later Ford) first met writer Violet Hunt in March 1907. They became lovers a couple of years later, after Ford threatened to commit suicide. They lived together off and on from 1909...
Family and Intimate relationships Fay Weldon
During her marriage she and Edgar entertained the literary and avant-garde world: she later regaled her grand-daughter with irreverent stories of Joseph Conrad , Jean Rhys (Such a louche young woman),
Weldon, Fay. Auto da Fay. Flamingo, 2002.
Ford Madox Ford
Family and Intimate relationships Radclyffe Hall
RH met Violet Hunt , a novelist notorious for her New Woman life-style.
Cline, Sally. Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John. John Murray, 1997.
Family and Intimate relationships H. G. Wells
Wells wrote about characters who defied conventional morality. In his own life, he married twice, and had a busy extramarital sexual career. He writes about this himself in the second volume of his autobiography (published...
Family and Intimate relationships Christina Rossetti
Around 1857 CR came to know the painter John Brett , who may have proposed to her and been rejected, as Violet Hunt claimed to have been told, though it is also possible that he...
Family and Intimate relationships Rebecca West
From the beginning, the liaison was fraught with difficulties. When they met, Wells was over forty and still married to his second wife, with whom he had come to an agreement that he would be...
Family and Intimate relationships Nina Hamnett
NH 's mother was born Mary Elizabeth De Blois Archdeacon in 1863; she attended Notting Hill High School (an early London public school for girls) with the future writer Violet Hunt . Mary Elizabeth Archdeacon...
Friends, Associates H. D.
After her move to England, Ezra Pound introduced HD to his circle of friends, many of whom were important figures in the modernist movement. They included W. B. Yeats , T. S. Eliot ,...
Friends, Associates Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
Dawson counted Violet Hunt among her closest friends in London; she also socialized with Annie Besant , Flora Annie Steel , James McNeill Whistler , and Netta Syrett .
Watts, Marjorie, and Frances King. Mrs. Sappho. Duckworth, 1987.
Friends, Associates Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Maxwells had frequent house guests and entertained regularly at both their houses. Later friends and acquaintances included Robert Browning , Mary Cholmondeley , Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Ford Madox Ford , Thomas Hardy
Friends, Associates Storm Jameson
Jameson met Romer Wilson , Charles Morgan , and J. W. N. Sullivan through her Knopf connections. By about 1924 she and Edith Sitwell had visited each other's homes. Jameson felt that in spite of...
Friends, Associates May Kendall
MK began publishing in 1885. During this decade she became friends with classical scholar and poet Andrew Lang , who advanced her career as a writer.
Birch, Catherine Elizabeth. Evolutionary Feminism in Late-Victorian Women’s Poetry: Mathilde Blind, Constance Naden and May Kendall. University of Birmingham.
Although she was never part of a literary...
Friends, Associates Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde
In London JFLW associated with writers such as Marie Corelli , Ouida , and Violet Hunt . Oscar , an emerging celebrity, introduced his mother to the city's artistic circle.


June 1908
Early December 1908
A meeting of suffragists at the Albert Hall was marred by violence from both sides: a woman struck a steward in the face with a whip, and women were roughly handled.
5 October 1921
The P.E.N. Club (later PEN International ), a world association of authors, was founded in London by writers C. A. Dawson Scott and Violet Hunt .