woman of letters


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woman of letters

n. pl. women of letters
A woman who is devoted to literary or scholarly pursuits: "[Eva Le Gallienne] was ... a woman of letters who produced forcefully elegant translations of Ibsen and Hans Christian Andersen" (Margo Jefferson).

wom′an of let′ters


n.
a woman engaged in literary or scholarly pursuits.
[1815–20]
References in classic literature ?
She held their weakness for lions in good-humoured contempt, but played to them her part of the distinguished woman of letters with decorum.
Her careful attention to the differing conditions of the Victorian literary marketplace and to the multitudinous ways that individual women writers operated within those conditions makes Becoming a Woman of Letters a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of authorship, the development of the idea of the woman writer, or Victorian print culture, and the book makes unique contributions to the history of women and the church.
Forty-one of her letters were included, in English translation, in Selected Writings of an Eighteenth-Century Venetian Woman of Letters, edited by Catherine M.
Dean Sullivan will be wearing a toupee for his role in A Chip in the Sugar as a mother-fixated middle-aged man, and Pauline Daniels is adding years to her age for one of her roles (she appears in both A Woman of Letters and A Cream Cracker Under the Settee).
Rebecca Grant Sexton's carefully edited compilation of Wilson's correspondence, A Southern Woman of Letters, will usefully supplement the critical investigations of her fiction now possible.
Gollin's Annie Adams Fields: Woman of Letters (University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).
Although Gournay was well established as a prolific author and a woman of letters in her lifetime, after 1641 her books and essays did not find a publisher until the twentieth century.
What a paradox,'' said the suit, ``that the renowned filmmaker who produced and directed `The Color Purple' would be a party to denying a prominent black American woman of letters and the arts her rightful recognition for raising public consciousness about slavery.
Wall's work shows her to have been an extremely influential literary editor, nurturer of young talent, important novelist, essayist, translator, and all-around woman of letters.
Conversely, he depicts his sister-in-law, the acclaimed woman of letters Victoria Ocampo, as an overbearing, domineering, larger-than-life personality.
Slogging through this gritty minutiae is all right for cloddish reporters like Keeler and McGinniss - and the judge, attorneys and jurors in the trial that found MacDonald guilty - but not for a woman of letters like Malcolm, adept at intuiting the inner life of her subjects.
The anthologized selections (a total of seventy) of Caminer's writings are divided into two parts: "The Making of a Woman of Letters in the Eighteenth-Century Veneto" (97-164), and "Women and Society" (165-214).