Other Writings

Motherhood

When I started trying to move across from academic to commercial non-fiction writing, the agent I was initially working with liked the idea of my writing about motherhood. There followed many attempts to find a proposal that would suit me and satisfy a commercial market, although I never did find one in the end. But I had fun trying. The following were two test chapters I wrote, although the whole book never materialised.

Yummies and Slummies

Lost Children


Other Articles

I’ve also been writing for a couple of literary journals on the web, with a biographical or memoir slant, although I readily admit that biography I find extremely hard to do.

For Open Letters Monthly, a piece about Marguerite Duras and her important late-in-life love affair with her homosexual muse, Yann-Andrea Steiner.

The Muse of Trouville

And an essay about Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

In The Shadow of a Hero: Anne Morrow Lindbergh


For Cerise Press, a piece about writing the academic book on pornography.

Offending the Reader

An essay about the love life of Simone de Beauvoir:

The Courage to Love Differently

An essay about Gide’s troubled marriage:

Wilful Blindness: The Marriage of Andre and Madeleine Gide


I was kindly invited to contribute to the blog Women Doing Literary Things:

And this, unpublished, is my longest sustained piece of biography, an account of Colette’s life that focuses on a particular crisis she went through in late middle age, when she lived out the premise of her most successful novel and had an affair with her teenaged stepson.

Colette

3 thoughts on “Other Writings

  1. “But this is the nature of literature; it says things it shouldn’t, in order to rattle the bars and alarm the sacred cows. We should be wary of the stories that only say what we want to hear.”

    Yes, a thousand times yes! It is essential that literature, all the arts, do this. Otherwise the opium really has fed the people.

  2. I’ve just read your article on Duras – absolutely fascinating and so well and engagingly written. I have a vague recollection of some of her works (in translation) in my parents’ house 35 years ago, but I didn’t read any. Your writing encoyurages me to go and seek some of them out now.Thank you!

  3. Just read your article on Gide’s marriage. He also had a daughter with Elizabeth van Rysselberghe in 1923; possibly even more tricky for his wife than his affairs with men……….

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