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Writers With Entries: January 2018 Update


  • This batch of new entries remarkably reflects the international aspect of British women’s writing. We have here authors of English, Irish, Welsh, New Zealand, Nigerian, and totally unknown origins and allegiances; we have careers largely pursued in Italy, Mexico, New Mexico, New York, and all around the world; we have intimate involvement with other cultures — not only the list just above, but . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: July 2017 Update


Grace, Lady Mildmay: 1552 – 1620: An amateur medical practitioner who produced medical notes, recipes, and religious writing informed by her own lived experiences.

Grisell Murray, 1692 – 1759: A Scottish memoirist who focused much of her writing, produced for private circulation, on the lives of her parents.

Radagunda Roberts, c. 1730 – 1788: A Welsh translator and author of poetry, verse tales, and sermons.

Eliza Dunlop, . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2017 Update


Elizabeth Isham, 1609 – 1654: An unmarried member of the English gentry who completed a memoir and papers on medicine and religion, all in manuscript form.

Anne Dacier, 1645 – 1720: A French classical scholar, editor, and translator who gained a strong reputation in England as well as France for her own publications and collaborations with her husband.

May Drummond, 1710 – 1777: A Scottish-born Quaker minister . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: July 2016 Update


Dorothea Celesia, 1738 – 1790: An author who spent most of her life in Genoa but whose well-received writing (a poem in praise of indolence and a play staged in Drury Lane that adapted Voltaire) was published in Britain, where she had been born.

Anne Francis, 1738 – 1800: A poet and scholar whose creative texts engage with classical, biblical, and English literary traditions. Her reactionary political . . . Read more

Writers With Entries: January 2016 Update


  • Mary Mollineux, c. 1651 – 1696: A north-country Quaker who directed her poetry to literary as well as religious ends.
  • Alison Cockburn, 1713 – 1794: She has the place in the story of the Scottish ballad revival and wrote other occasional poems, letters, and memoirs.
  • Ann Thicknesse, 1737 – 1824: wife of a writer notorious for quarrels and shady dealing. Her . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: July 2015 Updates


  • Lady Hester Pulter, 1605 – 1678: major poet who has remained unknown until fairly recently because she seems not to have circulated her work, even in manuscript.
  • Margaret Calderwood, 1715 – 1774: Scotswoman whose journal of travelling to Continental Europe includes trenchant observations about England. She also wrote an unpublished novel and a manual about estate management.
  • Sarah, Lady Pennington, c. . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2015 Update


  • Elizabeth Grymeston, before 1563-1601/4. Her single surviving text, published soon after her death, is a literary-historical landmark whether read as conduct literature, essays, or a mother’s legacy.
  • Olaudah Equiano, c. 1745-1797. Afro-British sailor, explorer, and autobiographer. His memoirs are the most important among his various abolitionist writings.
  • Anna Maria Mackenzie, by 1760-after 1816. Author of fifteen novels and a biblical paraphrase: . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: July 2014 Updates

New Author Entries

  • Rose Hickman, 1526-1613: Protestant middle-class Londoner whose memoirs of the turbulent Reformation years were preserved by her descendants as “Certaine old storyes recorded by an aged gentlewoman”.
  • Sarah, Lady Cowper, 1644-1723: diarist, commonplace-book writer, and abridger (for a daughter-in-law) of a history of the world from biblical times to the present.
  • Mary, Countess Cowper, 1685-1724: like her mother-in-law a diarist, . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2014 Update

New Author Entries

  • Anne Thérèse de Lambert, 1647-1733: French writer of conduct books and comment on the status of women, highly influential in England.
  • Mary Caesar, 1677-1741: in beautiful handwriting but atrocious spelling, she kept for more than twenty years an extraordinary journal of her own and her husband’s intense involvement in the Jacobite cause, something between a political memoir and a commonplace-book.
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Writers With Entries: July 2013 Update

New Author Entries

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