Episodes

From Riots to State Funerals – Ep.30

Known as a great French writer, Colette shattered societal norms and made her mark on literature and history. From being the first woman to receive a state funeral in the French Republic to causing a scandal with a lesbian kiss in a pantomime performance, Colette’s bold and unapologetic spirit left a lasting impact just as…

1930s BBC Talks – Ep.29

Known more for her relationship with Vita Sackville-West, Hilda Matheson’s life was more intriguing than that. We’re starting off the year with the original BBC Director of Talks, an MI5 intelligence agent, and one time political secretary to the first woman in British Parliament.

Woolf of Writing Part 2 – Ep.28

Part 2 of Virginia Woolf sees the rise of the writer and the famous affair with fellow writer Vita Sackville-West. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin Bell Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West: Love Letters w/intro by Alison Bechdel

Woolf of Writing Part 1 – Ep.27

Virginia Woolf, most famous woman of this podcast’s world. She’s considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century writers. In fact, even if you don’t know anyone else from this podcast, you’re guaranteed to know of this woman. Her writing is studied at university level, and her life has been portrayed in film. Many have…

The Real Life Orlando – Ep.26

Vita Sackville-West is best known today for her love affair with fellow writer Virginia Woolf. However, in their day, it was Vita who was the more popular and well known writer, and not because of her scandalous affair with Violet Trefusis. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by…

A Not Shrinking Violet – Ep.25

Violet Trefusis was a famously passionate writerly footnote in the love affair of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West courtesy of the character of Sasha in Woolf’s Orlando, but who exactly was the woman behind the portrait, the woman who famously said, “Across my life only one word will be written: “waste” – waste of life,…

Music’s Muse- Ep.24

Winnaretta Singer funded a wide range of causes, notably a musical salon where her protégés included Debussy and Ravel, and numerous public health projects in Paris, but she also had outraged husbands yell dueling challenges under her windows when she stole their wives.

“American Sappho” – Ep.23

Famous and then forgotten in her own time, Edna St. Vincent Millay is well known today, and you’ve probably heard her poetry before, such as: “My candle burns at both ends;It will not last the night;But ah, my foes and oh my friends—It gives a lovely light!” While primarily a poet, she also wrote plays,…

Queen of Dada – Ep.22

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven wore dresses of New York City refuse, got arrested for only wearing a Mexican blanket in public, and once waved a giant dildo around in the streets. She brought dada to the US before the better known movement rose in Zurich in 1916. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada,…

Greatest Female War Correspondent Part Two – Ep.21

After finally ditching Hemingway and making it through World War II, Martha Gellhorn continued with her career through the Vietnam War and well in the 1990s. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life by Caroline Moorehead Yours, for probably always: Martha Gellhorn’s letters of Love & War (1930-1949) by Janet Somerville Travels with…

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