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 But the women who went to Spain and wrote about it have often been forgotten, and their writing has often been unpublished since the war ended.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.
Introduction - Sally Alexander
Foreword - Jim Fyrth
From games to war
Where the wounded were
With the rearguard
Supporting and receiving
The other side of our lives
A people in retreat
Afterwords - Martha Gellhorn, Dorothy Parker, Aileen Palmer
‘the power of human reciprocity and a profound spiritual rejection of fascism shine through’
‘I was absorbed by the book … its publication is a tribute to the noble role of many women in the Spanish war’