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 writing of the 1790s was inspired by such authors as Hannah More.

Frances Arabella Rowden, 1774 – c. 1840: A schoolteacher who lived in London and Paris, and whose varied writing includes a textbook on botany, poetry, and A Biographical Sketch of the Most Distinguished Writers of Ancient and Modern Times.

Catherine Maria Grey, 1798 – 1870: Born in Calcutta and raised in London, she was a silver-fork novelist whose writing has been frequently misattributed to others, including her daughter and a non-existent ‘Elizabeth Caroline Grey.’ The latter of whom was identified as the author of works by Catherine Maria Grey as well as James Malcolm Rymer, who also has a new entry in Orlando.

Mary Carpenter, 1807 – 1877: A leading member of the Ragged Schools movement whose religious and political texts were imbricated with her social reform activities.

James Malcolm Ryder, 1814 – 1884: A journal editor and prolific author of penny dreadfuls and novels, some of whose texts were misattributed to Catherine Maria Grey.

Hannah Lynch, 1859 – 1904: A Dublin-born journalist, novelist, and translator, who also ┬ámade Paris and London her homes. Her writing responded to the work of such authors as George Meredith, Mary Robinson, and W.B. Yeats.

Pearl S. Buck, 1892 – 1973: The first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, her time in China shaped her fiction and life writing, which addresses such issues as xenophobia, misogyny, and war.

Teresa Deevy, 1894 -1963: Repeatedly exploring domestic violence in rural Ireland, she wrote stage and radio plays for the Abbey Theatre, BBC Northern Ireland, and other venues. She also published fiction for adults and children.

Sue Townsend, 1946 – 2014: An author of novels, plays, and political essays, whose work often is satirical. She is best known for her series of fiction, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.