Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 May 2009

400 Pages | 26 black-and-white photographs

ISBN: 9780199558209

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Margaret Storm Jameson

A Life

Jennifer Birkett

  • A compulsively readable account of the crowded life of an extraordinary woman: prolific novelist, feminist, pacifist, and socialist campaigner, president of the PEN assocation from 1938 and through the war
  • Based on extensive fresh research and including new material - from Jameson's personal papers, letters, and typescripts, and from Macmillan and PEN archives
  • Locates Jameson in the cultural and social contexts and networks she engaged with at different stages of her career, including: Leeds University, 1909-12 (socialism and suffragism), publishing circles in London in the 1920s, the radical LSE in the 1930s (Laski, Tawney and the researchers in the Department of Social Biology), pacifist organisations, PEN in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Unparalleled discussion in depth of Jameson's creative work - studies and reviews all of her 45 novels and unearths forgotton published materal, including her experiments with radio and television drama
  • Provides a new account of Jameson's commitment to aesthetic form and highlights the innovatory content of her fictions