Virago Collectors’ Cards – authors known and unknown

I came across a small selection of Virago collectors’ cards (1-6) in an Oxfam bookshop. The cards all had short author profiles and said they were part of a series of 40 issued in May 1982. I really like the design with the scroll at the top and the photo portraits.

Rosamond Lehmann and Ada Leverson

Rosamond Lehmann and Ada Leverson

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Mew and May Sinclair

Charlotte Mew and May Sinclair

 

I was intrigued to read snippets about these authors, who I readily confess were almost all unknown to me, though they certainly knew and influenced authors I like, such as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Siegfried Sassoon. Finding these cards made me think about how many lives and voices are filtered out along the way and goes to show that if you just go and look for them they are there and you can find them.

 

 

 

Rebecca West and Antonia White

Rebecca West and Antonia White

 

As a caveat, I should add that possibly many people will be familiar with these authors and so they are perhaps not the best example of voices that are ignored, forgotten or erased (they did after all get featured on a card).

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3 Responses to Virago Collectors’ Cards – authors known and unknown

  1. What a lovely find. I’d be inclined to say that most of the authors aren’t entirely forgotten, but they aren’t as widely read as they might be.

  2. Bill Peschel says:

    FWIW, the Paris Review used the Lehmann card (not yours; yours is much clearer to read) for an article about her. Having never heard of Virago cards, I googled it and found your site: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/04/25/rosamond-lehmann-literary-star/

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