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.
- Card 1: Rosamond Lehmann
- Card 2: Ada Leverson
- Card 3: Charlotte Mew
- Card 4: May Sinclair
- Card 5: Rebecca West
- Card 6: Antonia White
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.
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).