Maureen Duffy

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Maureen Duffy

Maureen Patricia Duffy (born 21 October 1933 in Worthing, Sussex, England) is a British poet, novelist, and writer of plays.

Early life and education[change | change source]

Duffy graduated from King's College London. Her degree was in English. She became a schoolteacher in 1956. She left that work in 1961. In 1961, she became a fulltime poet and writer of plays. Her first novel was That's How It Was. It was published in 1962. It was praised by critics.

Works[change | change source]

She has published around thirty books. Her Collected Poems, 1949–84 appeared in 1985. Her work has often used Freudian ideas and Greek Myth as a framework.

She has been active in supporting the rights of homosexuals. [1] In 1977 she published "The Ballad of the Blasphemy Trial", a broadside against the trial of the Gay News newspaper for "blasphemous libel."

She has also been active in a variety of groups representing the interest of writers. At one time, she was the President of the European Writers' Congress (renamed European Writers Council in 2008). She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1985[2] and awarded their Benson Medal in 2004.[3]

She is also deeply interested in intellectual property law.

References[change | change source]

  1. See the television programme "Late Night Lineup - "Man Alive" Archived 2013-09-17 at the Wayback Machine, 14 June 1967, BBC Archive website.
  2. "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  3. "Ms. Maureen Duffy". Debretts. Retrieved 10 August 2010.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Yorke, L. (1999). "British lesbian poetics: a brief exploration". Feminist Review; (62) Summer 1999, pp. 78–90.

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