Ann Petry

Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997) was an American writer. Her parents belonged to the black minority of the small town in Connecticut where she was born. She graduated from Connecticut College of Pharmacy in New Haven, in 1931. After getting married, in 1938, Ann moved to New York. There, she wrote for newspapers,…

Molly Keane

Molly Keane (born Mary Nesta Skrine, 20 July 1904 – 22 April 1996) was an Irish writer. She went to a boarding school in Bray, County Wicklow, married one of a Waterford squirearchical family in 1938 and had two daughters, Sally and Virginia. Between 1928 and 1956, she wrote under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.  Awards Shortlisted for…

Irmgard Keun

Irmgard Keun (6 February 1905 – 5 May 1982) was a German writer. In Cologne, Keun attended a Lutheran girls’ school. From 1925 to 1927, she attended an acting school and worked as a stenotypist. Encouraged by Alfred Döblin, she started writing in 1929. In 1933, her books were banned by the Nazis. In 1936, she…

Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector (born Chaya, December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian writer. She was born to a Jewish family in Chechelnyk, Podolia, a shtetl in what today is Ukraine.  Having suffered in the pogroms during the Russian Civil War that followed the dissolution of the Russian Empire, her family fled to Romania, from where…

Charlotte Van den Broeck

Charlotte Van den Broeck (29/06/1991) is a Flemish poet, born in Turnhout. She studied Language and Literature at Ghent University, and  is currently taking a degree course in Arts of the Spoken Word and Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. Charlotte is editor of the literary magazine DW B, and she also takes part…

Tessa Hadley

Tessa Jane Hadley (née Nichols; 28 February 1956) is a British writer. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Clare College, University of Cambridge. She earned Master of Arts in creative writing at the Bath Spa University College, and a PhD at the University of the West of England.  She…

Anna Seghers

Anna Seghers (pseudonym; neé Anna Netty Reiling, 19 November 1900 – 1 June 1983) was a German writer. Anna was born in Mainz into a Jewish family. She studied History, History of art and Chinese in Cologne and Heidelberg, and in 1924 she completed her doctorate at the University of Heidelberg with a dissertation on Jews and Judaism in…

Anna Gmeyner

Anna Wilhelmine Gmeyner (16 March 1902 – 3 January 1991) was an exiled Austrian writer. She was born to liberal Jewish parents in Vienna, where her father was a lawyer. In 1924, Gmeyner married a biologist, whit whom she had one daughter. The family then moved to Scotland in 1926, where her husband got a job as…

Vita Sackville-West

Victoria Mary Sackville-West (Lady Nicolson, 9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962) was an English writer. In 1913, Vita married the writer and diplomat Harold George Nicolson, with whom she had two children – and an open marriage. The affair for which she is most remembered was Virginia Woolf, in the late 1920s. Vita was the inspiration behind Wool’s Orlando (1928)….

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood (November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer. In 1957, Atwood began studying at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. There, she published poems and articles in Acta Victoriana, the college literary journal. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English,  and a minor in philosophy and French. In 1962, she…

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1889–1955) was an American novelist. She  attended Miss Whitcombe’s school for young ladies, and married British diplomat George E. Holding in 1913. Elisabeth traveled in South America and the Caribbean, and lived in Bermuda for several years, before settling in New York City. Books Invincible Minnie (1920) Angelica (1921) Rosaleen Among the…

Affinity Konar

Affinity Konar (USA, 1978) is an American writer. She is of Polish-Jewish descent. Konar holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A in Fiction from Columbia University. She worked as a tutor, proofreader, technical writer, and editor of children’s educational workbooks. Books The Illustrated Version of Things (2009) Mischling (2016)