I loved this little exercise in honor of Women's History Month, which I found at Eva's who got it here. However, I've decided I want to do a slightly different version of it. Mine is, instead, a one-woman "Who Am I?" See if you can guess who I am from the ten clues I've provided. If you get to the tenth clue, still have no idea, and don't just want to make a wild guess, you are allowed to cheat and see if you can get the answer via Google or Wikipedia (but I'd love it if you were honest and let me know whether or not you had to "cheat." I was absolutely astonished when I found out all these interesting details about this author a few years back). Oh yes, and, for those of you who read my post on Shakespeare and Sartre, it's neither Dorothy Parker nor Louise Dickinson Rich (that would be just a little too easy), which is obvious, given the first clue.
1. I am a late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century writer (surprise, surprise).
2. I was born in England, but as a child, I lived in England, France, Germany, and Spain.
3. Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature (1995) claims I "led an ordinary country life in Kent," which is laughable.
4. Unless you consider being in an open marriage in that day and age "ordinary."
5. Or you consider, in that day and age, waiting until you're seven months pregnant before getting married to be "ordinary."
6. Or maybe what was "ordinary" was that I raised two of my husband's children by another lover as if they were my own.
7. Oh, wait a minute, I know what might have been "ordinary." When we were first married, my husband chose, rather than to live with me, to continue living with his mother.
8. I published over 60 books, both on my own and in conjunction with others.
9. I was among the founders of a society that was a precursor to the Labor Party (making me a very appropriate subject for a quiz that celebrates Women's History Month, no?). The society was named after my son, who died when he was a teenager.
10. I died of lung cancer, most likely caused by the fact that I was a heavy smoker, at age 65.
Leave your answers in the comments, and if anyone else wants to make up a quiz, I'd love to see your version and play the guessing game myself (I'm hopeless at these sorts of things, so you're guaranteed to stump at least one person. It's worth it to me to be stumped, though, to get to find out interesting tidbits about authors). I will post the answer, if it isn't obvious from the comments, next week.