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Maureen Duffy

(b. 1933)


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(1933– ),

writer, educated at King's College, London. Her first novel, That's How It Was (1962), is a moving autobiographical account of her childhood and of her relationship with her mother, who died of tuberculosis when she was 14. Several others followed, some of which deal frankly with the subject of gender and homosexuality; they include The Paradox Players (1967), Wounds (1969), and Capital (1975). Later novels include the disturbing Gor Saga (1981, dramatized for TV in 1988 as First Born), which reflects her concern for animal rights; Londoners (1983), a sardonic but poignant view of the writer's lot in the cosmopolitan bedsitter London of Earl's Court; Illuminations (1991), about a woman who translates the letters of an 8th‐cent. nun; Restitution (1998), a post‐Holocaust novel, set in England and Berlin; and Alchemy (2004), a mystery interweaving lives from the 17th and 21st cents.

Her poetry includes The Venus Touch (1971), Evesong (1975), Memorials of the Quick and the Dead (1979), and her collected poems (1949–84), published in 1985. She has also written a Freudian study, The Erotic World of Faery (1972); a play about V. Woolf, A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square (1974); a life of Behn, The Passionate Shepherdess (1977); a trilogy of plays based on Greek myths (Rites, 1969; Solo, 1970; and Old Tyme, 1970); and England: The Making of a Myth from Stonehenge to Albert Square (2001).

Subjects: Literature.


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