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Naomi Mitchison - Essays and Journalism

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Series Editor: Moira Burgess

The writing career of Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999) stretched over some seventy years, encompassing at least seventy works of fiction as well as non-fiction, poetry and plays. Almost unknown, however, is the mass of shorter prose pieces – journalism, essays, polemics, reminiscences – which Mitchison produced during her long career. There are many hundreds of these pieces, an untapped resource both in Mitchison biography and in the wider field of social history.

Naomi Mitchison: Essays and Journalism will present as much as possible of this fascinating, valuable and hitherto neglected work, written and published between 1906 and 1996.
Within this period, her writing covered a wide range of subjects, and was not constrained in its output.
Mitchison’s multi-faceted intelligence and her world-wide, universe-wide view have long been recognised in her fiction. In these rediscovered pieces, such qualities are evident again.
Eight volumes are planned, each with its own index; their exact content and size is to be established as material comes to hand.
Many articles might be placed in either of one or two, or in some cases three, volumes; this is not a precise classification.

Volume 1 – The Early Years contains most of the articles written before 1940, with the addition of any written much later which reminisce about the first 40 years of her life.
Excluded are articles reflecting the beginnings of her interest in national politics.

Volume 2 – Carradale brings together almost all her writing while living in Carradale, Argyll, which does not appear in the other broader sweeps.

Volume 3 – Scotland picks up her involvement in Scottish Affairs, from World War II until the end of the Twentieth Century.

Volume 4 – Botswana gathers the background writing to her time while she was living with the Bakgatla, and her attempts to raise the profile of the country.

Volume 5 – Travel reflects her numerous journeys to mainland Europe, to the United States, to Africa (excluding Botswana) ,to the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent.

Volume 6 – Politics covers the period from about 1936, when she became involved in British politics, on her own behalf and on behalf of other members of her family.

Volume 7 – Education and Literature probably balances Volume 1 as she puts fingers to typewriter on contemporary topics which catch her attention in her middle and later years.

Volume 8 – This will bring together Reviews of other Authors’ works, some reviews of her novels, and an Index to the articles in the other volumes.
It will also include any articles which have come to light in the course of publication of the series..

Title Author ISBN UK Price US Price
Essays and Journalism 1 - The Early Years Mitchison, Naomi 9781849210102 £tba tba
Essays and Journalism 2 - Carradale Mitchison, Naomi. Edited, and with an Introduction by, Moira Burgess 9781849210119 £16.95 $24.95
Essays and Journalism 3 - Scotland Mitchison, Naomi. 9781849210126 £tba tba
Essays and Journalism 4 - Botswana Mitchison, Naomi. 9781849210133 £tba tba
Essays and Journalism 5 - Travel Mitchison, Naomi. 9781849210140 £tba tba
Essays and Journalism 6 - Politics Mitchison, Naomi. 9781849210157 £tba tba
Essays and Journalism 7 - Education Mitchison, Naomi 9781849210164 £tba tba

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