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 who gained public appreciation and drew criticism for her preaching, and published religious letters and a pamphlet during her career.

Anna Jane Vardill, 1781 – 1852: A poet and author of verse-tales, the latter of which included “Christobell, a Gothic Tale,” a sequel to S.T. Coleridge’s “Christabel.”

Antoinette Brown Blackwell, 1825 – 1921: The first ordained woman in the United States, she also participated in her country’s suffrage movement and produced writing that spans philosophy, fiction, and poetry.

Sophia Jex-Blake, 1840 – 1912: The first female physician in Scotland, she used her writing and activism to broaden British women’s access to the study of medicine and to healthcare itself.

Nan Shepherd, 1893 – 1981: A passionate mountaineer whose poetry, novels, and posthumously-published memoir often focus on her perspectives on the Cairngorms range in Scotland.

Eva Mary Bell, 1878 – 1959: Publishing her novels under the pseudonym of ‘John Travers,’ she frequently explored the lives of Indian women in her writing.

Hannah Arendt, 1906 – 1978: A German-born Jewish philosopher, historian, and political theorist who became well-known for her reporting on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann.

Eudora Welty, 1909 – 2001: Mississippi-born author whose novels and short fiction depict Southern American culture, particularly how the lives of individuals are shaped by race and class.