Perhaps more than any other war in the twentieth century, the Spanish Civil War was seen as a ‘writers’ war’ – names such as Hemingway and Orwell spring to mind when this anti-fascist war in mentioned. But the women who went to Spain and wrote about it have often been forgotten, and their writing has often been unpublished since the war ended. This anthology begins to redress this imbalance, by focusing exclusively on women’s writing from the war.
The collection includes writing by women from Britain, the United States, Australia and New Zealand; literary figures such as Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman and Jessica Mitford rub shoulders with previously unsung nurses from New York, Sydney and Edinburgh, and with previously unknown Quaker relief workers from both sides of the Atlantic. This breadth and variety is one of the anthology’s greatest strengths, demonstrating the wide range of women’s writing from this political and historical moment.
Bringing together extracts from memoirs, letters, diaries and poems, this collection is a profound intervention into the history of Spanish Civil War writing.