Biography

FOUR PIONEERING WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA: JANET LOARING

Janet, 1895
Photo supplied by Denis Blight

Denis Blight

 

In 1901 a young parlour maid, Janet Loaring, stepped on Board the S.S. Perthshire to travel to Australia from Dorset in the United Kingdom with 43 other young, single women, escorted by a matron. In the Upstairs/Downstairs society of Victorian England, like her fellow travellers, she was definitely from the lower floors: her father a domestic gardener who died in six months earlier in 1900, her mother a dressmaker. Her eldest brother had emigrated in 1886, which was some comfort as she waved goodbye to her mother.

Janet’s diary of …

Celebrating a landmark edition: Francoise de Graffigny’s letters

The following is reproduced from the Voltaire Foundation (University of Oxford)  site with the permission of Pippa Faucheux.  It follows the completion of a 40-year project publish the critical edition of Mme de Graffigny’s correspondence which was completed in 2016.  WHN Admin.

 

 

Portrait de Mme de Graffigny par Pierre-Augustin Clavareau, Lunéville, Musée du château, inv.2011.2.1, cliché T. Franz: Conseil général de Meurthe-et-Moselle

   

 

Celebrating the completion of this landmark edition

Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758), French novelist and playwright whose talent was celebrated all over Europe after the publication of her novel Lettres d’une Péruvienne (1747), and her play Cénie (1750), knew

A Warrior of the People

A Warrior of the People (2016) St Martin’s Press New York.  

Joe Starita

 

Although a dedicated kindle reader, I picked up this biography and immediately felt the pleasure of holding a well published book. This one is comfortable to hold, the print is easy to read and although it feels physically light it is a substantial creation. The content met the expectations I formed on reading the back-cover blurb, information about the detailed recognition of the collaborative nature of the work and the dedication: ‘For all the women warriors —-past, present, and future.

 

A Warrior of the People

From battered wife to major writer: Madame de Graffigny and her tell-all Correspondance

Portrait de Mme de Graffigny par Pierre-Augustin Clavareau, Lunéville, Musée du château, inv.2011.2.1, cliché T. Franz: Conseil général de Meurthe-et-Moselle

From battered wife to major writer: Madame de Graffigny and her tell-all Correspondance

Posted on 6 March 2015 by voltairefoundation

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For International Women’s Day on 8 March we want to celebrate Madame de Graffigny, an exceptional eighteenth-century woman who overcame many obstacles to become the most famous woman writer of her day. Over the last few decades the life story and literary brilliance of Françoise d’Happoncourt de Graffigny (1695-1758) have awakened new interest, owing to the growing appreciation of literature

Françoise de Graffigny, gouvernante et observatrice de l’éducation des femmes

Republished from the Voltaire Foundation blog with the permission of Pippa  Faucheux. WHN Admin.

Mme de Graffigny

Françoise de Graffigny by Pierre-Augustin Clavareau. Lunéville, musée du château des Lumières. Photo: T. Franz, Conseil départemental 54.

Pour marquer la Journée internationale des femmes nous nous tournons vers Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758), femme de lettres dont le talent était reconnu dans toute l’Europe. Sa Correspondance montre son indépendance, son dévouement à sa pratique de romancière et de dramaturge, son esprit critique, son langage franc et réaliste.

Fille d’un militaire attaché à la cour de Lorraine, et admise au