Amy Dillwyn

Amy Dillwyn (Elizabeth Amy Dillwyn, 1845 – 1935) was a Welsh writer.

Inspired in part by George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Dillwyn became a feminist writer, and wrote some of the first lesbian novels. In private, Dillwyn wrote of being in love with Olive Talbot, whom she called her ‘wife’ in her journals. She was a strong supporter of the cause of women’s rights, and took part at the suffrage society and at the Women’s Freedom League.

After her father’s death, Dillwyn took over the running of his industrial business. As a protest against the Victorian mourning conventions, she attended the public funeral of her father dressed in a bright purple skirt, with  a yellow rose in her belt and flowers in her hat. Refusing to conform to Victorian norms of femininity, Dillwyn was known for wearing masculine clothes and smoking cigars.


  • The Rebecca Rioter (1880)
  • Chloe Arguelle (1881)
  • A Burglary; or Unconscious Influence (1883)
  • Jill (1884)
  • Nant Olchfa (serialized between 1886-1887)
  • Jill and Jack (1887)
  • Maggie Steele’s Diary (1892)

About her

  • Amy Dillwyn, by David Painting (2013)


12 thoughts on “Amy Dillwyn

  1. Fascinating! Anyone who is inspired by George Eliot is fine with me. I have never heard of her, and have seldom read any Welsh writers. You do know about the most interesting writers. Perhaps Americans do not know her work!?


  2. Fiquei interessada (^_^). Então procurei por traduções em português e em francês, mas não há =/ Vou tentar sugerir a autora para a alguma editora. Valeu pela sugestão! Beijos, Juliana!


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