Not long ago, I mentioned Anna Bogen's new book, Women's University Fiction, 1880–1945, in the context of Ursula Orange's novel Begin Again, since Orange's might well be seen as a kind of sequel to the women's university novel—focusing as it does on what becomes of idealistic, intellectual young women after Oxford. I still haven't gotten my hands on Bogen's book, but there were so many authors mentioned in its introduction (which you can download here) that were previously unknown to me, I decided it could be the theme of my next update.
Of the 20 new authors listed here, seven of them came from Bogen's book. Those seven are RUTH M. GOLDRING, RENÉE HAYNES, ROSE MARIE HODGSON, BARBARA SILVER, MARY STURT, GERTRUDE WINIFRED TAYLOR, and MARY WILKES. And since most of these writers are impossibly obscure and online information for them is sparse if not actually nil, I am eager to see what light Bogen is able to shed on them.
The remaining 13 authors below are a mixed bag. HELEN DOUGLAS IRVINE, Scottish author of seven novels, sounds promising, as does SYLVA NORMAN, whose first novel was published by Hogarth and whose second received a rather odd review in Forum in 1931: "Cat Without Substance is an extremely clever book, witty, full of surprises. If Miss Norman had been more certain whether she was writing a satire or a Meredithian comedy, and if she had copied less directly and less frequently the introspective manner of Virginia Woolf, it might have been a very good book indeed." I may have to track down a copy just to see what a comedy with Woolfian introspection might look like…
By the way, ELISABETH KYLE was suggested for my list several months ago, but I kept searching for "Elizabeth Kyle" in databases and search engines, until I finally realized that her name is spelled with an S. Duh. I have no idea what her novels are like, but I was immediately seduced by some of her book covers. Ditto RONA RANDALL. Why do I find rather cheesy, melodramatic paperback covers so endlessly fascinating?
Below are all 20 writers, already added to the main list. Hopefully you'll find some of interest to you as well.