Page 126. " any great figure of the past, like Sappho "

Sappho, who lived during the period 630-570BC, was an Ancient Greek poet born on the Island of Lesbos.

Very little is known about her life, and much of her poetry has been lost.

She is believed to have committed suicide by jumping off the cliffs of Leucadia because of her unrequited love for the ferryman Phaon.

Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite

(Note: Lesbian in the title of the video means 'having associations with the Island of Lesbos'):



Page 126. " like the Lady Murasaki "

Murasaki Shikibu (a pseudonym) was a Japanese novelist and poet who lived some time between the late 10th and early 11th century.

In English, she is generally known as Lady Murasaki.

12th. century illustrated handscroll of 'The Tale of Genji'
Public Domain12th. century illustrated handscroll of 'The Tale of Genji' - Credit: Imperial Palace, Kyoto

One of her works, The Tale of Genji, is thought to be one of the first novels ever written.


Page 127. " in the uproar of Piccadilly "
Piccadilly, London (2009)
GNU Free Documentation LicensePiccadilly, London (2009) - Credit: Benkid77, Wikimedia Commons

Piccadilly is a street in the London borough of Westminster, which runs from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus.

Page 129. " but what if Sir Archibald Bodkin were concealed among them "
Censorship Icon
GNU Free Documentation LicenseCensorship Icon - Credit: Stefan-Xp, Wikimedia Commons

Sir Archibald Bodkin KCB (1862-1957) was the Director of Public Prosecutions between 1920 and 1930. He was renowned for the hard line he took against so-called 'obscene publications', and played a part in the suppression of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness.

(Readers of bookmark p.122 may be interested to know that he was a Knight Commander of the Bath!).

Page 129. " A Short History of Women by John Langdon Davies "
Stone face on building in Bytom, Poland
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeStone face on building in Bytom, Poland - Credit: Jan Mehlich, Wikimedia Commons
'Gesicht' ('Face') by Steffen Flossmann
GNU Free Documentation License'Gesicht' ('Face') by Steffen Flossmann - Credit: Steffen Flossman, Wikimedia Commons

John Eric Langdon-Davies (1897-1971) was an author and journalist. He worked as a war correspondant for the News Chronicle during the Spanish Civil War, and wrote several books based on his experiences of that conflict.

His book A Short History of Women, which discusses the differing perceptions of women at different stages in human history, was published in 1927. 

Page 131. " Sir Sidney Lee's life of the poet "

Page from 'Dictionary of National Biography'
Public DomainPage from 'Dictionary of National Biography' - Credit: Leslie Stephen
Sir Sidney Lee (1859-1926) was a biographer and critic.

He worked on the Dictionary of National Biography alongside Virginia Woolf's father, Sir Leslie Stephen, and succeeded him as editor in 1891.

His biography of Shakespeare, Life of William Shakespeare, was published in 1898.