Classic Author Focus: Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn may not fit as easily into my idea of writing about lesser-known classic authors, but I haven't featured a Restoration writer yet and she is the first woman in England to be known as a professional writer. She also seems to be a really interesting woman. In fact, I'm surprised that no one … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Aphra Behn


Classic Author Focus: Susanna Moodie

Susanna Moodie was an English-born Canadian writer who wrote novels, children's books, and poetry but was most well known for her writings about being a settler in 19th century Canada. While living in Suffolk, she began publishing books in 1822 as Susanna Strickland and was also a member of the Anti-Slavery Society. Shortly after her … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Susanna Moodie

Classic Author Focus: Sigrid Undset

A friend recently blogged about Kristin Lavransdattar, which gave me the idea for my next focus post. Although Sigrid Undset is known mostly for that powerful depiction of of medieval life in Norway, she was also the author of contemporary realistic novels. Her novels written later in life were informed by her conversion to Catholicism. She is … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Sigrid Undset

Classic Author Focus: Dorothy Whipple

As a schoolgirl, Dorothy Stirrup published more than forty stories in the "Children's Corner" of the Blackburn Weekly Telegraph. Later, she became a successful and popular novelist, short story and children's book writer, whose work reflected the concerns of her time. Because her novels were almost all set in Nottingham or Blackburn, where she lived all … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Dorothy Whipple