Jean Rhys

Jean Rhys (born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams, 24 August 1890 – 14 May 1979) was a British-Dominican writer. She was born and grew up in Dominica, and moved to England when she was 16. Her father was Welsh and her mother was Dominican (with Scots ancestry). Jean Rhys studied at the Perse School for Girls in…

Willa Cather

Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873– April 24, 1947) was an American write. She graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and, in 1896, moved to Pittsburgh to work for the women’s magazine Home Monthly. She also worked as high school English teacher, as drama critic for the Pittsburgh Leader, and as contributor of poetry and short…

Samanta Schweblin

Samanta Schweblin (1978) is an Argentinian writer. She studied Image and Sound at the University of Buenos Aires. Since 2012, Schweblin lives in Berlin. Awards In 2010, she was chosen by Granta as one of the best young writers in Spanish; Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017, for the book  Fever Dream (2017). Books In…

Christine Angot

Christine Angot (born 7 February 1959) is a French writer. She was brought up by her single-parent mother. She went to university in Rheims, specialising in English and Law, but dropped out after a year to pursue her writing career. Books In English Incest, 2017, tr. Tess Lewis, 160 p. Novels in French Vu du ciel (1990) Not to…

Jane Welsh Carlyle

Jane Welsh Carlyle (née Jane Baillie Welsh, 14 January 1801 – 21 April 1866) was a Scottish letter writer. As a child, she was given private tuition at home, and later attended a school in Edinburgh. In 1826, she married the essayist Thomas Carlyle. From 1840 until her death in 1866, Jane had a long lasting relationship with fellow writer…

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Sylvia Townsend Warner (6 December 1893 – 1 May 1978) was an English writer. She was home-schooled by her father. At the outbreak of World War I, she moved to London and worked in a munitions factory. During the rise of fascism, Warner campaigned on behalf of the Communist Party. She published novels, poetry, and short-stories. She was also a musicologist, and…

Barbara Pym

Barbara Mary Crampton Pym (2 June 1913 – 11 January 1980) was an English writer. She studied at Queen’s Park School, in Oswestry, and attended Huyton College, near Liverpool. She then studied English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. During World War II, Pym served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. After the war, she worked at the International African Institute in London,…

Chris Kraus

Chris Kraus (1955) is an American writer and filmmaker. She has  a BA from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). After working as a journalist for five years, she moved to New York City in the late 1970s, and started performing and making films, video art and plays. Interviews Cultural Icons series.  Full Stop. 4 December 2012 Lenny Letter. 04 August 2017…

Marianne Fritz

Marianne Fritz (14 December 1948 – 1 October 2007) was an Austrian writer. She completed her high school studies and received training as an office worker. Fritz worked as a freelance writer, and lived in modest circumstances in Vienna. Books In English The Weight of Things, translated by Adrian Nathan West (2015) In German Die Schwerkraft der…

Margaret Oliphant

Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (born Margaret Oliphant Wilson, 4 April 1828 – 25 June 1897) was a Scottish writer. In 1851, she was invited by the publisher William Blackwood to contribute to the famous Blackwood’s Magazine. In 1852, she married her cousin, Frank Wilson Oliphant. Three of their six children died in infancy; her husband later developed symptoms of tuberculosis, and died in…

Larissa Boehning

Larissa Boehning (1971) is a German writer. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies, Art History and Philosophy, and studied in Lüneburg and Berlin. She works as a graphic designer, lecturer and freelance writer. Awards Longlisted for the 2007 German Book Prize for the book Lichte Stoffe (‘Light Materials’) Books In English:  Swallow Summer, tr….

Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci (29 June 1929 – 15 September 2006) was an Italian journalist, novelist, and political interviewer. She worked as a war correspondent covering Vietnam, the Indo-Pakistani War, and the Middle East, and  lectured at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, and Columbia University. Books I sette peccati di Hollywood, 1958 (The Seven Sins of Hollywood) Il sesso inutile, viaggio intorno alla donna,…