Writers and Their Mothers

  • Dale Salwak

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Biographical

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hugh Macrae Richmond
      Pages 3-9
    3. Anthony Daniels
      Pages 11-19
    4. Kenneth Silverman
      Pages 31-37
    5. Judy Carver
      Pages 51-66
    6. Jeffrey Meyers
      Pages 97-111
  3. Autobiographical

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Ian McEwan
      Pages 115-123
    3. Anthony Thwaite
      Pages 125-128
    4. Catherine Aird
      Pages 129-134
    5. Ann Thwaite
      Pages 135-141
    6. Reeve Lindbergh
      Pages 143-153
    7. Martha Oliver-Smith
      Pages 155-167
    8. Rachel Hadas
      Pages 169-180
    9. Martin Amis
      Pages 181-186
    10. Andrew Motion
      Pages 191-198
    11. David Updike
      Pages 199-207
    12. Lyndall Gordon
      Pages 209-221
    13. Tim Parks
      Pages 223-246
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 247-258

About this book


Ian McEwan, Margaret Drabble, Martin Amis, Rita Dove, Andrew Motion  and Anthony Thwaite are among the twenty-two distinguished contributors of original essays to this landmark volume on the profound and frequently perplexing bond between writer and mother. In compelling detail they bring to life the thoughts, work, loves, friendships, passions and, above all, the influence of mothers upon their literary offspring from Shakespeare to the present.

Many of the contributors evoke the ideal with fond and loving memories: understanding, selfless, spiritual, tender, protective, reassuring and self-assured mothers who created environments favorable to the development of their children’s gifts.

At the opposite end of the parenting spectrum, however, we also see tortured mothers who ignored, interfered with, smothered or abandoned their children.  Their early years were times of traumatic loss, unhappily dominated by death and human frailty.

Elegantly assembled and presented, Writers and Their Mothers will appeal to everyone interested in biography, literature, and creativity in general.


Ian McEwan Martin Amis Margaret Drabble Andrew Motion Jeffrey Meyers Rita Dove Motherhood Maternal William Golding

Editors and affiliations

  • Dale Salwak
    • 1
  1. 1.GlendoraUSA

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