Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Complete list of book reviews by author

The looooooong list of reviews extending all down the left side of the blog was getting just a bit unmanageable, so I've moved the list here, in its very own separate post. Below, organized by author, are all of the proper reviews (and a few improper ones) that I've published on this blog. Click on an author's name to see all the reviews for that author. 

And in the process of shifting the list here, I discovered that five or six authors were missing. I had reviewed them but never added links to the reviews. Oops. So, I have rectified that now and this list is truly complete.

Ruth Adam

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Overwhelming List (U-Z)


 [For more information on this list, please see the intro to section "A-BL".]

If you wish, you can now download the entire Overwhelming List in a single PDF.  Clicking on the link below will open a Google Docs page displaying the entire list in PDF.  To save a copy of the PDF, just click on the little down arrow in the upper left.  You can also print the list from the Google Docs page, but be warned that it now weighs in at 330 pages!



[Current total: 1,894 writers]

MADGE UNSWORTH (1888-1960)
Salvation Army member and author of one school story, Wilminster High School and Wilminster Old Girls (1929); her later writings are all religious-themed non-fiction and biography.

NITA UNTHANK (1901-1966)
More research needed; author of three children’s books which could be girls’ school stories—From Rebels to Helpmates (1949), Robina's Secret (1951), and Because of Berry (1955).

DOROTHY BARBARA UPSON (c1895-1965)
Prolific author of romance and children's fiction from the 1930s to 1960s; her titles include Laggard in Love (1935), Tempestuous Sally (1939), Brave Music (1943), The Living Ghost (1947), The Moon and the Nightingale (1948), Soldier? Sailor? Rich Man? (1949), and Blind Cupid (1951).

M[ARYON]. URQUHART (1870-1944)
(full name Agnes Marion Urquhart Unwin, married name Green)
Author of six novels from 1905-1910, some focused on the supernatural—most famously The Island of Souls (1910), about "high magic in contemporary England" and "psychic vampirism"; others include Our Lady of the Mists (1907) and The Fool of Faery (1910).

MARGARET M. URQUHART (c1878-1973)
(née Macaskell)
Author of one children's book, Amiya: A Bengali Girl (1930), as well as one work of non-fiction, Women of Bengal: A Study of the Hindu Pardanasins of Calcutta (1925).

Honor Urse
          see HONOR MAHON

ALISON UTTLEY (1884-1976)
(full name Alice Jane Uttley, née Taylor)
Author of dozens of children's books, most famously A Traveler in Time (1939), about a girl transported to the 16th century, Uttley also wrote two novels for adults, High Meadows (1938) and When All Is Done (1945), plus numerous memoirs and books about country life.

JESSIE VAIZEY (1856-1917)
(née Bell, aka Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey)
Best known for her girls' stories such as About Peggy Saville (1900) and Pixie O'Shaughnessy (1902), Vaizey also published romantic novels for adults, including the late works The Independence of Claire (1915), What a Man Wills (1916) and The Lady of the Basement Flat (1917).

ALICIA VALLIS (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, The Secret of St Mary's (1947).

VIOLET VAN DER ELST (1882-1966)
(née Dodge)
A fascinating rags-to-riches-to-rags story in herself, Van Der Elst was a working class girl, made a fortune creating a new shaving cream, then lost it fighting the death penalty; her two story collections are The Torture Chamber (1937) and Death of the Vampire Baroness and other Thrilling Stories (1945).

DEREK VANE (?1856-1939)
(pseudonym of Blanche Eaton Back)
Author of mysteries and romance novels from the 1890s to the 1930s, including The Three Daughters of Night (1897), The Paradise of Fools (1913), Lady Varley (1914), The Trump Card (1925), The Unguarded Hour (1929), and Dancer's End (1934).

HILDA VAUGHAN (1892–1985)
(married name Morgan)
Author of ten novels, many set in her native Wales, including The Battle to the Weak (1925), Here Are Lovers (1926), her powerful novella A Thing of Nought (1934), about an ill-fated love, The Curtain Rises (1935), Harvest Home (1936), Iron and Gold (1948), and The Candle and the Light (1954).

CHERRY VEHEYNE (1886-1975)
(pseudonym of Ethel Williamson, aka Jane Cardinal)
Author of eight novels 1921-1935, including The Journal of Henry Bulver (1921), which won the Collins Open Novel Competition, Fay and Finance (1922), about the theatre, and The Living Idol (1933); after an absence, she returned with Horror (1962), a thriller about Jack the Ripper.

BARBARA VEREKER (1921-1993)
Journalist, playwright, and author of four girls’ stories—Caroline at the Film Studios (1955), Adventure for Caroline (1956), Caroline in Scotland (1957), and Caroline in Wales (1959)—as well as The Story of Films (1961); could she have been associated with the film industry in some way?

KATHERINE ELIZABETH VERNHAM (1858-1938)
Author of children's stories and (I think) a couple of novels; her last collection of children's stories, Grantham Gates and Other Stories, appeared in 1910, following more than a dozen others; possible novels are Perry's Pilgrimage (1895) and Miss Haldane's Lodger (1909).

CATHERINE MILDRED VERSCHOYLE (c1874-1951)
Poet and author of three novels—Oldam (1927), Willow and Cypress (1929), which traces a young girl through a tragic life and spiritual awakening, and Sleeping Echo (1931), in which a woman adopts her divorced husband's child. Reviews of the latter two suggest cliché and melodrama.

KITTY VINCENT (1887-1969)
(née Ogilvy, second married name Ritson)
More research needed; author of children's horse and dog books, as well as humorous sketches collected in titles such as Lipstick (1925), Sugar and Spice (1926), and Gin & Ginger (1927); later books, including No. 3 (1924), The Fiery Cross (1930), and Lost World (1937) might be novels (??).

ANNE VINTON (1913-2001)
(née Smith, aka Juliet Shore, aka [?] Jan Haye)
Prolific author of romance novels, many set in hospitals, from the 1950s-1980s, including The Time of Enchantment (1956), Doctor Memsahib (1958), Hospital in the Highlands (1960), Doctor Down Under (1964), Even Doctors Weep (1967), and Tropical Hospital (1978); the association with Jan Haye is often noted, but John Herrington thinks it could be wrong.

Mark Vinton
          see MARJORIE LIVINGSTON

Charles Vipont
          see ELFRIDA VIPONT

ELFRIDA VIPONT (1902-1992)
(married name Foulds, aka Charles Vipont)
Children's author and Quaker historian best known for several novels about the Haverard family—The Lark in the Morn (1948), The Lark on the Wing (1950), The Spring of the Year (1957), and Flowering Spring (1960); she also published at least one adult novel, Bed in Hell (1974).

ELIZABETH VON ARNIM (1866-1941)
(pseudonym of Mary Annette von Arnim, née Beauchamp, later married name Russell, aka Elizabeth, aka Alice Cholmondeley)
Novelist whose early humorous works, such as Elizabeth and Her German Garden (1898), were published simply as "Elizabeth"; her popular later novels include The Pastor's Wife (1914), Christopher and Columbus (1919), The Enchanted April (1922), later a film, and Mr. Skeffington (1940).

Mary Voyle
          see ROSEMARY [JOY] MANNING

ETHEL VOYNICH (1864-1960)
(née Boole, aka E. L. V. or E. L. Voynich)
Novelist remembered for her debut, The Gadfly (1897), a political melodrama about a socialist revolutionary, which was a major bestseller; four subsequent novels, including a sequel, Put Off thy Shoes (1945), were less successful.

NORA VYNNE (1864-1914)
(full name Eleanor Susannah Vynne)
Journalist, activist, and novelist; her story collection The Blind Artist's Pictures (1893) and novel A Man and His Womankind (1895) were praised by the likes of J. M. Barrie and H. G. Wells; later work includes the novels The Pieces of Silver (1911) and So It Is with the Damsel (1913).

MURIEL WACE (1881-1968)
(aka Golden Gorse)
Children's author known for her horse stories, particularly Moorland Mousie (1929) and its sequel Older Mousie (1932); her other titles include Janet and Felicity, the Young Horsebreakers (1937) and non-fiction works for children learning to ride and care for horses.

HELEN WADDELL (1889-1965)
Poet, scholar, children's author, and translator of medieval poetry, Waddell also wrote two plays and one acclaimed (and bestselling) historical novel, Peter Abelard (1933), which was suggested as "possibly Persephone."

ROSALIND WADE (1909-1989)
(aka Catharine Carr, married name Seymour)
Prolific novelist discussed at some length in Nicola Beauman's A Very Great Profession, whose works sometimes explored the supernatural; titles include Children, Be Happy! (1931), Men Ask for Beauty (1936), Treasure in Heaven (1937), and Mrs. Medlend's Private World (1973).

OLIVE [MARY] WADSLEY (1885-1959)
Prolific romantic novelist from the 1910s to 1950s, with additional work serialized in The Star; titles include The Flame (1913), Sand (1922), Spring Dust (1930), Cabaret (1931), Seventh Wave (1937), and At Last (1934), which Kirkus called "rental library drip."

PHYLLIS MARIE WADSWORTH (1910-2006)
(aka P. M. Wadsworth?)
Definitely the author of two novels—Young Miss Isotope (1959), about a young women writing a book on the "chemistry of love," and Overmind (1967), a sci-fi work about aliens proclaiming a new messiah via telepathy—and possibly (?) the author of one earlier novel, The Big Fiddle (1946), using only her initials.

Phyllis Waite
          see MARY [ELIZABETH PHYLLIS] WELLER

JOAN WALES (1905-1981)
Author of ten Mills & Boon romances, including Never Comes Twilight (1927), Spring Stays Ever (1932), Buses Pass the Door (1933), Fun for Elizabeth (1933), Kind Gentleman (1934), Play for Safety (1934), The Price Varies (1936), There She Walks (1938), Wait-a-Little (1939), and Lindon Manor (1939).

LUCY WALFORD (1845-1915)
(née Colquhoun)
Biographer and novelist, known for humorous tales of domestic life, including Mr. Smith (1874), The Matchmaker (1894), and David and Jonathan on the Riviera (1914), and two popular memoirs, Recollections of a Scottish Novelist (1910) and Memories of Victorian London (1912).

JOAN WALKER (1908-????)
(née Sutter)
Journalist, novelist, and memoirist, best known for Pardon My Parka (1954), a humorous memoir of her experiences as a Canadian War Bride, Walker also wrote two novels—Repent at Leisure (1957), about a postwar marriage, and Marriage of a Harlequin (1962), about Richard Sheridan.

Barbara Wall
          see BARBARA LUCAS

DOREEN WALLACE (1897-1989)
(full name Dora Eileen Agnew Wallace)
Teacher, novelist, and member of the Somerville group along with Dorothy Sayers and Vera Brittain, whose novels include The Gentle Heart (1932), Barnham Rectory (1934), The Time of Wild Roses (1938), Green Acres (1941), Richard and Lucy (1959), and Woman with a Mirror (1963).

HELEN [GRACE] WALLACE (1852-1929)
(aka Gordon Roy)
Daughter of a Scottish clergyman and author of three early pseudonymous novels, followed by nine more under her own name; the last two, The Yoke of Circumstance (1910) and Morning Glory (1913), qualify her for this list. Others include Her Cousin Adair (1891), Lotus or Laurel? (1900), Hasty Fruit (1906), To Pleasure Madame (1907), and Life's Chequer-Board (1908).

KATHLEEN [MONTGOMERY] WALLACE (1890-1958)
(née Coates)
More research needed; children's author and novelist whose work included fiction about the Brontës, such as Immortal Wheat (1951) and The Prize Essay (1953); others are Without a Stair (1933), set in China, Ancestral Tablet (1938), Without Signposts (1941), and Pathway for Celia (1955).

PHYLLIS WALLACE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, 'Well Played, Midhurst' (1926).

ELIZABETH WALMSLEY (dates unknown)
Author of five widely-varied girls' school stories—Jonquil (1926), A Misfit at School (1926), Mary Court's Company (1925), The Wishing Chair (1926), and The Princess Imelda (1928)—and two additional children's titles, Pom and Pearly (1926) and The Prodigal Son (1927).

ELIZABETH [MARGARET] WALTER (1927-2006)
An acclaimed writer of novels and stories of ghosts and the supernatural, Walter is on the very edge of my time frame, with her first novel, The More Deceived, appearing in 1960; her ghost stories appear in collections like Snowfall (1965), The Sin Eater (1967), and In the Mist (1979).

AMY CATHERINE WALTON (1849-1939)
(née Deck, aka Mrs. O. F. Walton)
Author of Christian-themed children's books for the Religious Tract Society from the 1870s to the 1900s, with one final work, Strange Diana, appearing in 1919 to qualify her for this list; her most famous titles are A Peep Behind The Scenes (1877) and Christie's Old Organ (1874).

RUTH WALTON (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of two romantic novels—Little Meg, or, Homeless in London (1920) and Nancy Number One (1921).

MARJORIE [ALICE] WARBY (1897-1997)
(married name Lang)
Successful romance novelist 1929-1977; titles include Lady Disdain (1929), Too Many Girls (1931), Love in Little Melchester (1931), The Blue Sky Above (1946), The Mad Merediths (1949), When the Chestnuts Bloom (1952), The Laird Across the Loch (1960), Beloved Barbarian (1964), Summer at Hope House (1970), and Desmond's Daughters (1977).

E. Ward
          see EVELYN EVERETT-GREEN

GERTRUDE WARD (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of eight romantic novels—Rose of a Day (1921), Nance of the Footlights (1923), The Penny Plain Girl (1923), The Conquest of Kitty (1924), His Spangle Girl (1924), The Unexpected Girl (1927), Wheels of Chance (1929), and Fetters of War (1933).

JOSEPHINE MARY WARD (1864-1932)
(née Hope, sometimes Hope-Scott, aka Mrs. Wilfred Ward)
Author of ten novels 1899-1932, about which little is known; titles include One Poor Scruple: A Seven Weeks' Story (1899), The Light Behind (1903), Out of Due Time (1906), Great Possessions (1909), The Job Secretary (1911), Horace Blake (1913), Not Known Here (1921), The Plague of His Own Heart (1925), The Shadow of Mussolini (1927), and Tudor Sunset (1932).

MARY AUGUSTA WARD (1851-1920)
(née Arnold, aka Mrs. Humphry Ward)
Primarily known for Victorian novels like Robert Elsmere (1888) and David Grieve (1892), Ward produced two particularly well-received novels during World War I—Lady Connie (1916), about 19th century Oxford, and the war novel Missing (1917).

RUTH CAMERON WARD (1904-1996)
Author of romantic fiction (possibly under other names as well?) 1930s-1970s; titles include Swallows Eaves (1939), Snow on the High Ground (1942), Green Fields Beyond (1945), Filly Cliff (1949), The Bystander (1959), The Sweetest Thing (1961), and The Second Time Around (1973).

Mrs. Wilfred Ward
          see JOSEPHINE MARY WARD

FLORENCE WARDEN (1857-1929)
(pseudonym of Florence Alice James, née Price)
Sister of Gertrude; playwright, actress, and novelist; works often deal with marital drama and include Who Was Lady Thorne? (1904), Mad Sir Geoffrey (1907), The Price of Silence (1916), The Grey Moth (1920), and The Lady in Furs (1922).

GERTRUDE WARDEN (1859–1925)
(pseudonym of Gertrude Isabel Price, married names Jones and Devot, aka G. De Vauriard)
Sister of Florence; prolific novelist of the 1890s to 1910s; some titles sound intriguing, such as The Wooing of a Fairy (1897), Merely Man (1909), The World, the Flesh and the Casino (1909), and Two Girls and a Saint (1915); as G. De Vauriard, she published four additional novels 1909-1914.

Lucian Wainwright
          see ROSE ALLATINI

Irene Wallis
          see KAY CORNWALLIS

Molly Waring
          see KATHLEEN LINDSAY

PRISCILLA MARY WARNER (1904-1994)
(née Ellingford)
Children's author from the 1940s to 1960s; her best known title was If It Hadn't Been for Frances (1957); others include Embroidery Mary (1948), Tessie Growing Up (1952), Mr. and Mrs. Cherry (1953), A Friend for Frances (1956), and The Paradise Summer (1963).

SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER (1893-1978)
Novelist, poet, and expert on English church music; her odd, passionate works include Lolly Willowes (1926), a brilliant novel of spinsterhood, Summer Will Show (1936), The Corner that Held Them (1948), a saga of a medieval convent, The Flint Anchor (1954), and many acclaimed stories.

KATHLEEN [JANE] WARREN (1916-1996)
(married names Glauser and Donald)
Author of three novels published by Faber in the 1950s—The Locked Gates (1950), Intruder in the House (1951), and The Long Fidelity (1952)—which appear to be rather dark social dramas; The Locked Gates may also have a mystery element.

LILLIAN [DAISY] WARREN (1909-1961)
(aka Rosalind Brett, aka Celine Conway, aka Kathryn Blair)
Author of more than 60 romance novels 1947-1967 (with several appearing posthumously), mostly for Mills & Boon, including Secret Marriage (1947), Pagan Interlude (1947), Brittle Bondage (1951), Whispering Palms (1954), Tangle in Sunshine (1957), Love This Enemy (1958), Ship's Surgeon (1962), and For My Sins (1966); she lived in South Africa in later life.

PAULINE WARWICK (1883-1960)
(pseudonym of Betty [or Bessie?] Eveline/Evelyn Davies)
Author of romantic fiction (and at least one mystery) from the 1930s to 1950s, including The Secret Year (1930), The Girdle of Venus (1931), Fairweather Ladies (1936), The Princess of Marmalade (1937), Madonna of the Thimble (1940), Death of a Sinner (1944), and The Preacher's Daughter (1953).

Clare Waters
          see CLARE COLLAS

MARIGOLD WATNEY (1886-1965)
Author of more than a dozen novels 1932-1960, including Laugh When You Can (1945), described as a mystery set in a village; others may be humorous and/or romantic, such as Ducks on a Pond (1932), What Shall We Do with Anne? (1937), Her Name Was Cornelia (1947), and Amberley Close (1950).

HELEN H[ARRIET]. WATSON (1856-1934)
(née Rogers)
Author of more than a dozen tales for children (and adults?), some historical; Sims & Clare single out three, two of which—Peggy, D.O. (1910) and Peggy, S.G. (1911)—feature Peggy O'Rourke, while the third, The Making of a Heroine (1926), is something of a satire of traditional school stories.

Lizzie Watson
          see L. ALLEN HARKER

WINIFRED WATSON (1906-2002)
(married name Pickering)
Author of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938), a comedy about a governess whose life is changed by an employment agency error, reprinted by Persephone, Watson also wrote four other novels—Fell Top (1935), Odd Shoes (1936), Upyonder (1938), and Leave and Bequeath (1943).

Heather Wayne
          see NORAH MARY BRADLEY

HILARY WAYNE (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of Flora Sturgeon?)
Not to be confused with Joan Mary Wayne Brown, who sometimes wrote as Hilary Wayne, this author wrote a memoir, Two Odd Soldiers (1946), about her exploits with her daughter in the ATS during WWII; the British Library suggests this Wayne is a pseudonym for Flora Sturgeon, but I can't confirm.

Hilary Wayne
          see JOAN MARY WAYNE BROWN

JENIFER WAYNE (1917-1982)
(married name Hewitt)
Children’s author and producer of the BBC series “This Is the Law”; best known for humorous family tales such as Clemence and Ginger (1960), The Day the Ceiling Fell Down (1961), and The Ghost Next Door (1965), and for a series for younger children about a character named Sprout.

ANNE WEALE (1929-2007)
(pseudonym of Jay Blakeney, aka Andrea Blake)
Journalist and author of more than 80 romance novels spanning nearly five decades; titles include Winter is Past (1955), Castle in Corsica (1959), The House on Flamingo Cay (1962), The Sea Waif (1967), Stowaway (1978), A Touch of the Devil (1980), Yesterday's Island (1983), Sea Fever (1990), The Fabergé Cat (1993), and Sea Change (2002).

MARJORIE [LAURA] WEAVER (1899-1964)
(née Pryor)
Editor for Women's Pictorial and author of at least 10 romantic novels, including Trusting Journey (1949), Nevermore Alone (1952), Time Off for Love (1956), Wanted on the Voyage (1957), No Blameless Life (1958), The Recovered Past (1959), and Mixed Motive (1961).

BEATRICE WEBB (1858-1943)
(née Potter)
Prolific political writer, prominent socialist, and memoirist, whose autobiographies, beginning with My Apprenticeship (1922), and her diaries, published most fully in the 1980s, provide important background to the politics of her day.

DOROTHY ANNA MARIA WEBB (1875-1957)
(née Stephens, aka Jermyn March, aka Christopher Reeve)
Author of mysteries and thrillers under several names; titles include Rust of Murder (1924), Dear Traitor (1925), The Man Behind the Face (1927), The Ginger Cat (1929), The Toasted Blonde (1930), Murder Steps Out (1942), The House that Waited (1944), and Lady, Be Careful (1948).

MARION ST. JOHN WEBB (1888-1930)
(née Adcock)
Sister of Almey St. John Adcock; author of fiction and poetry for children, including the well-known Knock Three Times! (1917) and the Mr Papingay series, including Mr Papingay and the Little Round House (1924), Mr Papingay's Ship (1925), Mr Papingay's Caravan (1929), and Mr Papingay's Flying Shop (1931).

MARY WEBB (1881-1927)
(née Meredith)
Author whose dark, symbolic, mystical novels of rural life were satirized in Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm; these include Gone to Earth (1917), The House in Dormer Forest (1920), Seven for a Secret (1922), and Precious Bane (1924), the last generally considered her best work.

PENELOPE WEBBE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, The Autumn Term at St Gabriel's (1950).

PEGGY WEBLING (1871-1949)
(aka Arthur Weston)
Sister of Lucy Betty MacRaye; actress, biographer, playwright, and novelist, known for her 1927 play of Frankenstein, which was used for the famous film; novels include A Spirit of Mirth (1910), Boundary House (1916), Comedy Corner (1920), Strange Enchantment (1929), and Opal Screens (1937).

ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE WEBSTER (1905-1934)
More research needed; Scottish writer whose work included one novel written with her sister Mary (see below); other works are Pot Holes: A Adventure in the Diamond Fields (1928), Bullion: A Tale of Buried Treasure and the Bush (1933), and Ceremony of Innocence (1949).

EVELYN WEBSTER (1904-1988)
(married name Harbord)
Author of a single novel, Mountain of the Star (1947), apparently a love story set in Portugal, where the author had lived for a time.

MARY MORISON WEBSTER (1894–1980)
More research needed; Scottish poet and novelist who lived in South Africa; her novels were Evergreen (1929), The Schoolhouse (1933), High Altitude (1949), written with her sister Elizabeth Charlotte Webster (see above), The Slave of the Lamp (1950), and A Village Scandal (1965).

NESTA HELEN WEBSTER (1876-1960)
(née Bevan, aka Julian Sterne)
Novelist and author obsesssed with conspiracies, including the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Illuminati and Masons; she wrote three novels—The Sheep Track (1914), about high society, The Chevalier de Bouffleurs (1916), set during the French Revolution, and, pseudonymously, The Secret of the Zodiac (1933), about a global conspiracy to bring down civilization.

ELIZABETH WEEDON (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, Geraldine's Rival (1927).

A[GNES]. R[USSELL]. WEEKES (1880-1940)
(aka Anthony Pryde [with Rose Kirkpatrick Weekes])
Sister of Rose (below); the sisters wrote novels together and separately;  Rose herself wrote more than a dozen romantic novels including Faith Unfaithful (1910), Spanish Sunlight (1925), Esmé's Sons (1930), and Revel's Wife (1940).

R[OSE]. K[IRKPATRICK]. WEEKES (1874-1956)
(aka Anthony Pryde [with Agnes Russell Weekes)
Sister of Agnes (above); wrote novels with her sister as well as on her own; Rose's novels include The Laurensons (1913), B 14 (1920), Sea Nymph (1927), and Mignonette (1930).

C.E.C. Weigall
          see KATE HORN

MARY [ELIZABETH PHYLLIS] WELLER (1912-2000)
(aka Ramsay Bell [with Agnes Rosemary Cooper], aka Phyllis Waite)
Author or co-author of ten novels 1937-1942, including Challenge to Candia (1937), Dragon Under Ground (1937), Dear Lady Disdain (1938), To Joanna (1938), Interlude for Rapture (1939), Dangerous Promise (1939), Journey Into Love (1940), The Lake of Ghosts (1940), and My Heart in Him (1942).

FRANCES [AMY] WELLESLEY-SMITH (1874-1962)
(née Granger, aka Frances Braybrooke, aka Cicely Colpitts)
Author of nearly 100 novels for Mills & Boon under her two pseudonyms in just about 20 years (1938-1957); titles include No Path of Flowers (1938), Glamorous Folly (1939), Anne Finds Reality (1940), Any Girl's Man (1942), You're So Entrancing (1943), Barter Her Heart (1944), Riding a Bubble (1947), The Price of Make-Believe (1952), and Shackled with Cobwebs (1955).

AMY CATHERINE WELLS (1872-1927)
(née Robbins)
Artist and short story author, wife of H. G. Wells, who, following her death, collected her stories and poetry into the volume The Book of Catherine Wells (1928), which included some tales of the supernatural.

NANNIE KATHARIN WELLS (1875-1963)
(real name Annie Katharine Wells, née Smith)
Scottish author known mainly for her poetry and for her biography George Gordon, Lord Byron: A Scottish Genius (1962), Wells also published a single novel, Diverse Roads (1932).

MRS. GEORGE WEMYSS (1868-1954)
(pseudonym of Mary Constance Elphinstone Wemyss, née Lutyens)
Children's author and novelist; sister of architect Edwin Lutyens; according to OCEF, her novels often focus on children; titles include The Professional Aunt (1910), People of Popham (1911), Impossible People (1918), and Oranges and Lemons (1919).

EDITH A. WENDON (dates unknown)
A lesser-known author of three girls' school stories, including The Girl from the Backwoods (1932), The Golden Girl (1935), and The Schoolgirl Pilot (1936); Sims & Clare report that her work shows the influence of Angela Brazil.

PATRICIA WENTWORTH (1878-1961)
(pseudonym of Dora Amy Elles, married names Dillon and Turnbull)
Novelist who published several historical romances before turning to her successful Miss Silver mystery series; these include Fool Errant (1929), The Case Is Closed (1937), The Chinese Shawl (1943), The Clock Strikes Twelve (1944), The Catherine Wheel (1949), and Vanishing Point (1953).

GERTIE [GERTRUDE] DE S[OILLEUX]. WENTWORTH-JAMES (1874-1933)
(née Webster)
Author of dozens of "smartly witty novels, self-consciously progressive especially about sex" (OCEF) in the 1900s-1920s, such as Pink Purity (1909), Green Grapes (1918), A Bargain Bride (1929); her late novel The Television Girl (1928) may be of interest as an early futuristic novel.

REBECCA WEST (1892-1983)
(pseudonym of Cicily Isabel Andrews, née Fairfield)
Novelist, journalist, and travel writer, known for her WWI novel The Return of the Soldier (1918), Harriet Hume (1929), and the autobiographical The Fountain Overflows (1957), as well as Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), a massive exploration of the culture of the Balkans.

Mary Westmacott
          see AGATHA CHRISTIE

MARGARET WESTRUP (dates unknown)
(married name Stacey)
More research needed; author of several novels in the 1900s-1920s, including The Greater Mischief (1907), Phyllis in Middlewych (1911), Tide Marks (1913), The Moulding Loft (1917), The Fog and the Fan (1920), and The Blue Hat (1921).

DORIS WESTWOOD (dates unknown)
Author of four novels—Starr Bladon (1930), The Hair Shirt (1932), An April Day (1934), and Humble Servant (1936)—the latter two, at least, making use of a Siegfried Sassoon-like character; oddly, one Sassoon biographer says she had an affair with Sassoon, another that they never met…

LILIAN FRANCEYS WEVILL (1870-1959)
Author of two early school stories—Betty's First Term (1908) and Betty's Next Term (1912)—praised by Sims & Clare for their low-key realism and convincing characters.

VERA [MARY] WHEATLEY (1890-1975)
(née Semple)
Author of one girls' school story, Lilias Goes to School (1928), and of other novels, some of which appear to be romance; titles include Devices and Desires (1926), Single-Handed (1931), A Candle of Understanding (1947), Summer with the Morrisons (1954), and Love Has Many Tongues (1964).

MARGARET WHEELER (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of two girls' stories, The Amazing Padre (1924) and One Term at School (1925), the latter of which is a school story.

LAURA WHETTER (1903-1960)
(married name Mannock)
Prolific romance novelist from the 1930s to 1950s; titles include Empty of Heart (1934), Stolen Thunder (1936), A Star Danced (1940), Sunlight Sonata (1942), Dust for Dreams (1946), Whither Thou Goest (1952), Eve Without Her Eden (1953), and Bachelor Gay (1959).

Polly Whibley
          see PAULINE M. JAMES

AMY WHIPPLE (1854-1940)
Children's author of the early 1900's to 1930's, much of it with religious themes; titles include The Children of the Crag (1913), Winning the Prize (1917), Two Pairs and an Old (1923), Dr. Appleby's Daughters (1925), and Purple-Splendour Island (1933).

DOROTHY WHIPPLE (1893-1966)
(née Stirrup)
Popular novelist whose works have been revived by Persephone in recent years, including High Wages (1930), Greenbanks (1932), The Priory (1939), They Were Sisters (1943), and her powerful final work, Someone at a Distance (1953), about the destruction of a happy marriage.

Mary Whistler
          see IDA [JULIE] POLLOCK

THERESA [THOMASIN DOLIGNON] WHISTLER (1927-2007)
(née Furse)
Best known for her biography of Walter de la Mare, Imagination of the Heart (1993), she had earlier written two children's books, The River Boy (1955), which she also illustrated, and Rushavenn Time (1988); she apparently married her brother-in-law following her sister's premature death.

MALACHI WHITAKER (1895–1976)
(pseudonym of Marjorie Olive Whitaker, née Taylor)
Wildly acclaimed yet enigmatic author of short stories; her collections, Frost in April (1929), No Luggage? (1930), Five for Silver (1932), and Honeymoon (1934), earned comparisons to Katherine Mansfield, but after a memoir, And So Did I (1939), Whitaker stopped publishing.

BEATRICE [JANIE] WHITBY (c1856-1931)
(married name Hicks)
Daughter and wife of doctors, and author of about a dozen novels which ODNB describes as "intelligent, very mildly feminist fiction," including The Awakening of Mary Fenwick (1889), Part of the Property (1890), Sunset (1897), Bequeathed (1900), Flower and Thorn (1901), The Whirligig of Time (1906), The Result of an Accident (1908), and Rosamund (1911).

AGNES ROMILLY WHITE (1872-1945)
Irish author of two novels—Gape Row (1934) and Mrs. Murphy Buries the Hatchet (1936)—characterized by "[s]trong plots, racy dialogue and a vivid evocation of the countryside"; both were reprinted in the 1980s by White Row publishers in Belfast.

ANTONIA WHITE (1899-1980)
(pseudonym of Eirene Adeline Hopkinson, née Botting, earlier married names Green-Wilkinson and Smith)
Known for her debut, Frost in May (1933), about a young girl in a Catholic boarding school, the first Virago Modern Classic, White continued the story in The Lost Traveller (1950), The Sugar House (1952), and Beyond the Glass (1954), and also published one story collection, Strangers (1954).

CONSTANCE MARY WHITE (1903-2004)
(née Lockett)
Prolific author of girls' school and other fiction for teens, including four set in a ballet school (1951-58), which earn qualified praise from Sims & Clare; others include A Sprite at School (1947), Kay of Kingfishers (1954), Three for the Shield (1960), and School Afloat (1965), set on a cruise ship.

ETHEL LINA WHITE (1876-1944)
Novelist and mystery writer, best known for The Wheel Spins (1936), the source for Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Lady Vanishes"; other novels include Put Out the Light (1931), Some Must Watch (1933), Step in the Dark (1938), While She Sleeps (1940), and She Faded Into Air (1941).

HEATHER WHITE (1902-1979)
(pseudonym of Jess[ie] Mary Mardon Ducat, married name Foster)
Novelist and author of Guiding adventures and and two school stories, The New Broom at Prior's Rigg (1938) and The Two B's and Becky (1939); novels include The Golden Road (1931), Daffodil Row (1937), Watersmeet (1940), Rowan in Search of a Name (1941), and Holiday in Rome (1955).

KATE WHITEHEAD (1896-1978)
(married name Oxley)
Wife of Selwyn Oxley, a pioneer educator of the deaf; author of two novels, The King's Legacy (1928) and For Prince Charlie (1929), and several children's books about cats, including Stubby: The Story of a Cat as Told by Himself (1931) and Kellyann: Being the Story of a Manx Cat (1933).

MARGOT WHITELAW (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of more than a dozen short romantic novels, including The Flirting Bride (1931), A Wilful Woman (1932), A Broadway Butterfly (1932), The Girl Who Interfered (1932), The Marriage of Mockery (1933), Betty Breaks Away (1935), Beyond Her Reach (1936), Double-Crossed (1937), The Climber (1939),

GRACE I[SABELLE]. WHITHAM (1874-1965)
Author of historical fiction for children and perhaps fiction for adults as well; titles include Sir Sleep-Awake and His Brother (1908), The Nameless Prince (1912), The Guarded Room (1921), Stinging Nettles (1927), and When I Was a King (1937).

MARY BRADFORD WHITING (c1863-1935)
Novelist and children's author from the 1880s to 1930s; titles include Stronger than Fate (1889), The Torchbearers (1904), Meriel's Career: A Tale of Literary Life in London (1914), A Daughter of the Empire (1919), and a girls' school story called What Hazel Did (1924).

PAMELA WHITLOCK (1920–1982)
Author of four popular children's books with Katharine Hull, most famously The Far-Distant Oxus (1937), written when the pair were still teenagers, about six children on their own in Exmoor; later titles were Escape to Persia (1938), Oxus in Summer (1939), and Crowns (1947).

JANET PAYNE WHITNEY (1889-1974)
Biographer and novelist; a Quaker who married an American and moved to Pennsylvania, Whitney wrote romantic novels of 19th century Quakers, including Jennifer (1941), Judith (1944), Intrigue in Baltimore (1952), The Quaker Bride (1954), The Ilex Avenue (1956), and Not for Ransom (1959).

Sara Whittingham
          see NORAH MARY BRADLEY

NORAH [MARGUERITE] WHITTLE (1895-1971)
Author of two early children's titles, The Moated Manor and The Ring (both 1950), followed by followed by more than a dozen novels which seem to be romantic in nature, including Caroline (1964), Grapes from Thorns (1965), Crowsfell (1967), Poor Little Rich Girl (1973), and Thyme and Rue (1975).

BARBARA WHITTON (1921-      )
(pseudonym of Hazel Chitty)
Author of a single wartime novel, Green Hands (1943), an enthusiastic and entertaining tale of a group of girls in the Women's Land Army during World War II, which went through at least seven printings.

[FLORENCE] DOROTHY WHITTON (1901-1984)
Author of two novels—White Lady (1946), about which I could find no details, and Halo of Dreams (1948), a historical novel about a young girl inspired by Joan of Arc who gets involved with trying to put Henry VI back on the throne.

CHRISTINA GOWANS WHYTE (1869-1961)
(married name Geddes)
Scottish author of several children's books 1906-1910; her debut, The Adventures of Merrywink (1906), won a £100 Bookman competition for best children's story; others are Nina's Career (1908), Uncle Hilary's Nieces (1909), For the Sake of Kitty (1909), The Five Macleods (1909), and The Girls Next Door (1910).

Violet Whyte
          see HENRIETTE ELIZA VAUGHN STANNARD

Stuart Mary Wick
          see KATHLEEN FREEMAN

HILDA M[ARY]. WICKSTEED (1884-1950)
Author of three children's books—Titch: The Story of a Dog (1920), Titch & Jock (1922), and Jerry & Grandpa (1930)—as well as a biography of her father Charles Wicksteed (1933).

BARBARA [MAUD/MAUDE] WILCOX (1896-1964)
(married name Smith)
Author of four children's books of the 1940s—Bunty Brown: Probationer (1940), Bunty Brown's Bargain (1942), Bunty of the Flying Squad (1943), and Susan at Herron's Farm (1946)—as well as cookbooks and books about rural life with her future husband.

SUSAN WILCOX (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, Twins at Highfields (1954).

MARJORIE WILENSKI (1889–1965)
(née Harland)
Wife of art critic and historian Reginald Wilenski; the British Library lists only one title for her—Table Two (1942)—but it’s an intriguing one, set during the Blitz, about a group of elderly women translators in the Ministry of Foreign Intelligence.

MARY WILKES (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of only one novel (?),The Only Door Out (1945), discussed in Anna Bogen's Women's University Fiction, 1880–1945, but other information about her is very scarce.

ELLEN WILKINSON (1891-1947)
Journalist, novelist, and one of the first women MPs, Wilkinson is known for Clash (1928), a romance set during the 1926 General Strike, for a mystery, The Division Bell Mystery (1932), and for her journalistic and anti-fascist writings.

KATHARINE M[ARY]. WILLANS (1907-1965)
(married name Rustige, aka Martha Holt)
Forgotten author of four novels in the 1930s about which little information remains—Faith Unfaithful (1933), The Proceedings of the Society (1935), Virgin Martyr (1936), and The Banker and His Daughter (1939), the last published under her pseudonym.

BARBARA [MARY] WILLARD (1909-1994)
Starting out with nearly a dozen adult novels, such as Love in Ambush (1930), Joy Befall Thee (1934), about a family of theatrical costumiers, and Portrait of Philip (1951), about Philip Sidney, Willard later turned to children's books, including the acclaimed Mantlemass series (1970-1981).

M[ARY]. P[ATRICIA]. WILLCOCKS (1869-1952)
Critic, biographer, translator, and novelist whose early fiction, such as Widdicombe (1905) and A Man of Genius (1908), was influenced by Hardy; later works include The Sleeping Partner (1919), Ropes of Sand (1926), Delicate Dilemmas (1927), and The Cup and the Lip (1929).

KATHLEEN M[ARY] WILLCOX (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of three girls' school stories—The Mystery of the Third Form Room (1926), Averil's Ambition (1927), and The Stanford Twins at St. Faith's (1934); it's unclear if she's the same author who wrote travel books for children in the 1960s.

GRACE LLOYD WILLIAMS (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single short romance, Her Son's Choice (1932).

MARGUERITE WILLIAMS (dates unknown)
(full name Annie Marguerite Williams)
Author Christian-themed novels and biographies; titles include The Garden of Healing (1925), Steeps to the Stars (1927), A Mother of Men (1929), The Hands of a Man (1934), Our Folk (1937), Just Common Clay (1939), and Be Merry, My Dear (1942).

Peggy Williams
          see MARGIAD EVANS

URSULA MORAY WILLIAMS (1911-2006)
(married name John)
Children's author best known for Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse (1938), about a toy pony who sets out in the world to make a living; others include Gobbolino the Witch's Cat (1942), The Three Toymakers (1945), Malkin's Mountains (1948), and The Noble Hawks (1959).

AMABEL WILLIAMS-ELLIS (1894-1984)
(full name Mary Annabel Nassau Williams-Ellis, née Strachey)
Cousin of Lytton, James, and Dorothy Strachey; children's writer and novelist, known for her collections of international fairy tales, and for five novels, including Noah’s Ark (1925), The Wall of Glass (1927), The Big Firm (1928), To Tell the Truth (1933), and Learn to Love First (1939).

Ethel Williamson
          see CHERRY VEHEYNE

FLORENCE S. WILLMOT (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of one school story, Care of Uncle Charlie (1912) and other religious-themed children's books, some sounding excruciatingly sentimental even for their day, such as The Tender Light of Home (1908) and The Heart of a Friend: A Story for Girls (1911).

CECILIA WILLOUGHBY (1905-1985)
(full name Louise Cecilia Willoughby, married name Craven)
Author of three novels of the 1930s, including Friday's Moon (1932), which the Bookman compared (unfavorably) with Mary Webb's Precious Bane; her other novels were Mellory's Yard (1934) and The Silver Fountain (1935).

D[OROTHY]. [MARY] WYNNE WILLSON (1909-1932)
Author of a single novel, Early Closing (1931), an adult novel set in a boys' school which was a selection of the Book Society. She died of influenza the following year at age 22. Poignantly, she had a twin sister who lived until 1996. A memoir of Willson was published by novelist and bibliophile Michael Sadleir.

DESEMEA WILSON (1878-1964)
(née Newman, aka Barbara Desmond, aka Diana Patrick)
Prolific romantic novelist from the 1920s to 1940s, mostly under the name "Diana Patrick"; titles include The Islands of Desire (1920), Dusk of Moonrise (1922), Dreaming Spires (1923), Gay Girl (1927), Outpost of Arden (1930), Fragile Armour (1936), and A Little Season (1943).

JACOBINE MENZIES WILSON (1892-1955)
(née Napier-Williamson)
Mother of novelist Jacobine Hichens; biographer and author of four novels in the 1940s about which little information is available; titles are September to September (1940), The Eye of a Needle (1942), At First Light (1944), and August at Acrelands (1946).

ROMER WILSON (1891-1930)
(pseudonym of Florence Roma Muir Wilson, married name O'Brien)
Novelist, playwright, and biographer of Emily Brontë (1928), whose fiction focuses on artists and the impacts of war; titles include Martin Schüler (1918), If All These Young Men (1919), The Death of Society (1921), The Grand Tour (1923), Dragon's Blood (1926), and Greenlow (1927).

THEODORA WILSON WILSON (1865-1941)
Social worker, children's author, Biblical writer, and novelist; fiction includes Moll o' the Toll-Bar (1911), Father M.P. (1923), and The Children of Trafalgar Square (1925); discussed in Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals, edited by Angela Ingram and Daphne Patai.

ALICE WILSON-FOX (1863—1943)
(née Raikes)
Novelist and children's author, known for children's books including A Dangerous Inheritance (1909) and Hearts and Coronets (1910), as well as novels such as Love in the Balance (1911), A Regular Madam (1912), and Too Near the Throne (1918).

MARY WILTSHIRE (1887-c1951)
(pseudonym of Frances Mary Isborn)
Cellist and music teacher, and author of ten romantic novels often set in and around Wiltshire; titles include Patricia Ellen (1924), Thursday's Child (1925), The Lesser Breed (1926), He Who Come After (1931), John Quaintance (1932), Cockle and Barley (1935), To-Morrow (1938), and These Maintain the City (1947).

EVELYN M. WINCH (1895-1939)
(pseudonym of Marie Elspeth Agnes Winch, née Makgill)
Apparently born in Auckland to British parents, but living in Scotland soon after; author of 16 novels, probably romances, including The Mountain of Gold (1928), The Hunting of Hilary (1929), Enemy's Kiss (1935), The Luck Shop (1935), The Dark Path (1936), Passport to Happiness (1937), Happily Ever After (1938), and Mankiller (1939).

LITITIA BERYL WINGATE (1881-1944)
(née Tucker, aka Mrs. Alfred Wingate)
Novelist and historian who specialized in writing about China, including in A Servant of the Mightiest (1927), about Genghis Khan, and Jên (1928), about Marco Polo; other works include Before Sunset (1929), London Luck (1933), and Within a Generation (1939).

LILIAN WINSTANLEY (1875-1960)
Literary scholar, poet, and novelist; author of five novels Stolen Banns (1907), The Winged Lion (1908), The Scholar Vagabond (1909), and the later titles (possibly mysteries?) The Double Disappearance (1925) and The Face on the Stair (1927), she also wrote on Shakespeare, Shelley, and Tolstoy.

John Strange Winter
          see HENRIETTE ELIZA VAUGHN STANNARD

Mark Winterton
          see BEATRICE ETHEL KIDD

Edith Maud Winstanley
          see E[DITH]. M[AUDE]. HULL

LESLEY WOOD (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, The Tangled Twins (1928).

MOLLY WOOD (1909-1994)
(married names Phillips and Troke, aka Hester Bourne, aka Lyn Arnold)
More research needed; author of four early books as Lyn Arnold, including Joy as It Flies (1940) and Tea with Lemon and Flash of Joy (1943), and in the 1960s and 1970s published crime and romance novels as Hester Bourne; could she have used other pseudonyms in the years in between?

MILDRED VIOLET WOODGATE (1886-1978)
(aka Oliver Barton)
Author of numerous biographies of religious figures, as well as at least eight novels, some apparently mysteries; titles include The Children of Danecourt Park (1924), The Eye of the Peacock (1928), The Secret of the Sapphire Ring (1930), The Two Houses on the Cliff (1931), Pauline's Lady (1931), The City of Death (1934), The Silver Mirror (1935), and The Ring of Fate (1939).

Rena Woodhouse
          see RENA TERRINGTON

Daniel Woodroffe
          see MARY WOODS

MARGARET LOUISE WOODS (1855-1945)
(née Bradley)
Poet and novelist best known for The Invader (1907), about a woman whose hypnotism results in a sexually free alternate personality; other works include the historical novels A Village Tragedy (1887), A Poet's Youth (1923) and The Spanish Lady (1927).

MARY WOODS (c1866-????)
(née Woodroffe, aka Daniel Woodroffe, aka Mrs. J. C. Woods)
Author of at least five novels as Daniel Woofroffe and one as Mrs. J. C. Woods; these are Her Celestial Husband (1895), Tangled Trinities (1901), The Evil Eye (1903), The Beauty Shop (1905), The Rat-Trap (1912), and The Quicksand (1933).

AMY [LUCY] WOODWARD (1883-1974)
(née Temple)
Children's author and (possibly) novelist; titles include The Treasure Cave (1931), The Two Adventurers (1934), Mrs. Bunch's Caravan (1940), The Serpents (1947), and The Haunted Headland (1953); somewhat intiguing is her 1943 title Life Is Sweet: The Intimate Diary of an Author's Wife (1943).

BELLA SIDNEY WOOLF (1876-1960)
(married names Lock and Southorn)
Sister of Leonard Woolf and author of the first Western guidebook to Ceylon (1914), as well as several popular children’s books, such as All in a Castle Fair (1900), Dear Sweet Anne (1906), The Twins in Ceylon (1909), More About the Twins in Ceylon (1911), and The Golden House (1912).

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941)
(née Stephen)
A central figure in British literature, known for novels such as Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and The Waves (1931), for essays including A Room of One’s Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938), and for her voluminous diaries and letters.

SUSAN WOOLFITT (1907-1978)
Memoirist and children's author, whose Escape to Adventure (1948), about youngsters having adventures on the canals of England, draws on her own experiences as a canal boat worker during World War II, recounted in her memoir Idle Women (1947).

BIDDY WORGER (1891-1958)
(full name Edith Worgel, née Wotzel, earlier married name Gaskins)
Author of four humorous novels of the 1930s—A Page from Life (1933), Bessie the Bus (1934), Dusky Ladies (1935), and The Memoirs of Bartimus Winkle (1936); her second husband was a doctor and she apparently spent some years in the Medical Service in Fiji, where some of her fiction appears to be set.

BARBARA [KATHLEEN] WORSLEY-GOUGH (1903-1961)
(married name Hale)
Intriguing but forgotten author of several highly-praised humorous novels, including Public Affaires (1932), Nets to Catch the Wind (1935), A Feather in Her Cap (1936), and The Sly Hyena (1951), as well as two mysteries, Alibi Innings (1954, reprinted by Penguin) and Lantern Hill (1957).

I. WRAY (1894-1969)
(pseudonym of Iris Elaine Bickford, married name Palliser)
Author of two mystery novels in the early 1930s; The Vye Murder (1930) was praised by The Spectator for its portrayal of women, and Murder—and Ariadne (1931), is about a murder followeing a “rowdy house party” and was praised by the West Australian as “ingeniously constructed.”

CONSTANCE [METCALFE] HAGBERG WRIGHT (1862-1949)
(née Lockwood, earlier married name Lewis)
Not to be confused with American author Constance Choate Wright; author of one children’s book, Tales of Chinese Magic (1925), and one novel, The Chaste Mistress (1930), about the 1779 murder of Martha Ray (which has also been memorialized by Wordsworth and discussed by Elizabeth Jenkins.

ESTHER TERRY WRIGHT (1913-1984)
(married name Hunt)
Author of three novels—Pilot's Wife's Tale (1942), about her life with her injured pilot husband during WWII, The Prophet Bird (1958), about a couple struggling in the postwar years, and A Vacant Chair (1979), a short eccentric tale about the owners of a flower shop near Covent Garden.

FRANCES C[AMILLIA]. WRIGHT (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a school story listed by Sims and Clare, The Mystery of the Trees (1954); it seems possible she is also the author of The Mystery of the Lovelace Luck (1957), also published in Scotland and credited simply to Frances Wright.

Francesca Wright
          see DENISE NAOMI ROBINS

SUSAN WYCHWOOD (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, French Leave (1936), set in a small boarding school in a French provincial town.

DOREEN WYLD (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of two girls' school stories which, according to Sims & Clare, were published in reverse order, with Hilary Takes a Hand (1952) beginning the major plotlines and The Girls of Queen's Mere (1950) concluding them.

Katharine Wylde
          see H[ELEN]. H[ESTER]. COLVILL

I[DA]. A[LEXA]. R[OSS]. WYLIE (1885-1959)
Suffragist, novelist, and popular short story writer whose works were often adapted as films, including Keeper of the Flame (1942), made into the Hepburn-Tracy film of the same name; Towards Morning (1918) was acclaimed as a relatively balanced portrayal of post-WWI Germans.

DOLF WYLLARDE (1871-1950)
(pseudonym of Dorothy Margarette Selby Lowndes)
Prolific novelist whose work, according to OCEF, spans "both exotic tales and more serious examinations of the predicament of single women"; titles include The Unofficial Honeymoon (1911), Youth Will be Served (1913), and The Lavender Lad (1922), and The Girl Groom (1936).

Esther Wyndham
          see MARY LUTYENS

JOAN [OLIVIA] WYNDHAM (1921-2007)
(married names Rowdon and Shivarg)
Diarist whose World War II diaries, Love Lessons (1985) and Love Is Blue (1986), provide a rare view of sexually free, bohemian life during wartime; a third volume, Anything Goes (1992), continues her story into the post-war years, and Dawn Chorus (2004) is a memoir of her childhood.

ALICE CLARA VERONICA WYNNE (1890-1969) & EMILY ADELAIDE WYNNE (1871-????)
Authors of a single novel, Every Dog (1929), a far-fetched-sounding farce about a businessman trying to escape his responsibilities; The Spectator called the book “tedious, though funny in places.”

MAY WYNNE (1875-1949)
(pseudonym of Mabel Winifred Knowles, aka Lester Lurgan)
Enormously prolific writer of girls' school stories, mysteries, adventures, and religious stories; works include The Spendthrift Duke (1921), Peggy's First Term (1922), and Two Maids of Rosemarkie (1937).

PAMELA WYNNE (1879-1959)
(pseudonym of Winifred Mary Scott, née Watson)
Prolific and successful romance novelist from the 1920s to 1950s, Wynne's first major success was Ann's An Idiot (1923), which became a movie called Dangerous Innocence; other titles are Penelope Finds Out (1926), Love In A Mist (1932), Love Begins At Forty (1936), and Merry Widows (1943).

ESMÉ WYNNE-TYSON (1898-1972)
(pseudonym of Dorothy Estelle Esmé Innes Ripper, married name Tyson, aka Esnomel, aka Amanda, aka Diotima)
Child actress, playwright, philosopher, and novelist; her early novels—Security (1927), Quicksand (1927), Momus (1928), Melody (1929), and Incense and Sweet Cane (1930),—were often autobiographical; she later wrote three philosophical novels with John Davys Beresford.

MAUD H[OGARTH?]. YARDLEY (c1868-1954)
More research needed; author of eight novels of the 1900s and 1910s, including Sinless (1906), To-day and Love (1910), A Man's Life Is Different, or, The Sleeping Flame (1914), and Soulmates (1917).

MARGARET [DOROTHY] YEO (1877-1941)
(née Routledge)
Author of Christian-themed biographies and fiction 1915-1940; her novels include The Comrade in White (1916), The Abiding City (1916), Salt (1927), A King of Shadows (1928), Wild Parsley (1929), and Uncertain Glory (1930).

CURTIS YORKE (1854-1930)
(pseudonym of Susan Rowley Long, married name Lee)
Popular author of dozens of "cheerful, lightweight romances" (OCEF) from the 1880s until the 1920s; titles include Queer Little Jane (1912), Dangerous Dorothy (1912), The Level Track (1919), Miss Daffodil (1920), The Woman Ruth (1921), and Maidens Three (1928).

Jacqueline Yorke
          see PHYLLIS MATTHEWMAN

MARGARET YORKE (1924-2012)
(pseudonym of Margaret Beda Larminie, married name Nicholson)
Known for her crime fiction set in English villages, featuring ordinary people driven by circumstance to crime—including No Medals for the Major (1974) and The Point of Murder (1978)—Yorke had earlier published family dramas such as Summer Flight (1957) and Deceiving Mirror (1960).

Diana Young
          see DIANA RAYMOND

DIANA FRANCES YOUNG (1894-1965)
(married name Martienssen)
More research needed; author of seven novels 1935-1939, but apparently no others?; titles include Storm Before Sunrise (1935), The Door Stood Open (1936), The Unfinished Symphony (1937), The Lonely Guest (1937), Stray Cat (1938), Doves in Flight (1938), and Son of the Dark (1939).

ELLA YOUNG (1867-1956)
Poet, Celtic mythologist, and children's author, born in Ireland but immigrated to the U.S. in the 1920s, where she taught at Berkeley; author of three acclaimed children's books beginning with The Wonder-Smith and His Son (1927); her memoirs were published as Flowering Dusk (1945).

E[MILY]. H[ILDA]. YOUNG (1880-1949)
(married name Daniell)
Novelist and children's author, Young blended humor with serious themes of female freedom and growth; novels include A Corn of Wheat (1910), A Bridge Dividing (1922, aka The Misses Mallett), William (1925), The Vicar's Daughter (1927), Miss Mole (1930), and Chatterton Square (1947).

F[LORENCE]. E[THEL]. MILLS YOUNG (1875-1945)
Prolific novelist whose work is often set in South Africa and generally romantic in tone, though she published at least one early sci-fi/fantasy novel called The War of the Sexes (1905); others include The Purple Mists (1914), The Broken Silence (1926), and Hidden Passage (1941).

PATRICIA YOUNG (1921-????)
Author of 20 novels 1942-1961; titles include Narrow Streets (1942), Far Flung Seed (1943), The Devil and His Apple (1945), Dockside Symphony (1947), The Gallant Opportunist (1949), East of Bow Bells (1950), London's Child (1954), Half Past Yesterday (1959), Taffy (1961), and Sweet the Dream (1961).

RUTH YOUNG (1884-1983)
(full name Alice Ruth Young, née Wilson)
Primarily known as a poet, she also published one novel, The Serpent's Head (1922), and one children's book, The Sea-Gull and the Sphinx: A Fairy Story (1924). She later published two biographies, Mrs. Chapman's Portrait: A Beauty of Bath of the the 18th Century (1926) and The Life of an Educational Worker, Henrietta Busk (1934).

EDITH AYRTON ZANGWILL (1875-1945)
From a family of pioneering women (mother a doctor, stepmother a scientist), Zangwill was a suffragist and activist; her early novels deal humorously with women's issues, but The Call (1924) is about suffragism and The House (1928) deals with her own nervous breakdown.

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