A Katharine Burdekin Bibliography
Novels | Young Adult / Children's
Critical Studies, Reviews, Bibliographies, and Biographies
Note and Credit: Almost all information provided here is drawn
from Daphne Patai's published essays.
Born Katharine Penelope Cade, July 1896, Spondon, England.
Youngest of four children, including Rowena Cade (b. 1893).
Married May 1915 to Beaufort Burdekin.
Two daughters, born 1917 and 1920.
Marriage ended by 1922.
Met lifelong female companion in 1926.
- Anna Colquhoun (1922) London.
Burdekin's first novel. Sequel was written but destroyed by Burdekin without
- The Burning Ring (1927).
- Two in a Sack (unpublished, written in mid-late 1920s, in galleys
- The Rebel Passion (1929) New York: William Morrow, 1929 (under name
Burdekin's fourth novel; her first utopian novel; she considered it her first
- The End of This Day's Business (written 1935; published
- Quiet Ways (1930) London: Thornton Butterworth.
Sixth novel. anti-war, feminist.
- Proud Man (written 1933; published 1934 under pseudonym Murray
London: Boriswood, 1934; New York: The Feminist Press, 1993
human from utopian future visits 20th century England
- No Compromise: A Political Romance (unpublished, written in mid-1930s).
As Murray Constantine.
Near future England; fascism on the rise; deals with communism.
- Swastika Night (1937)
London: Victor Gollancz, 1937 (under pseudonym Murray Constantine)
Old Westbury, NY: The Feminist Press, 1985.
Published in German as Nacht der braunen Schatten
An anti-Nazi dystopia.
- Children of Jacob (unpublished, written in 1938). As Murray Constantine.
Attempts to explain Nazism, through looking at masculine violence from the
Old Testament to the present.
- The Devil, Poor Devil as Murray Constantine.
- The Reasonable Hope.
- Venus in Scorpio (1940) as Murray Constantine and Margaret Goldsmith.
Historical novel about Marie Antoinette; Burdekin's last published book.
- Father to the Man (unpublished; 1940s).
In the 1930s alone, six published novels; seven unpublished novels (including
The End of This Day's Business). Burdekin wrote a total of more than
20 novels before 1956 (when she stopped writing). She also wrote plays,
short stories, and poems.
- St. John's Eve (written 1927; published 1929)
United States: 1929, as The Children's Country by Kay Burdekin
Burdekin's only children's novel. A non-sexist children's novel.
- Bonifas, Gilbert. Notes and Queries V. 34 No. 1 (March
1987), p. 59.
- Gorer, Geoffrey. Letter, in Time and Tide, February 12,
1938, p. 204.
- Patai, Daphne. "Afterword" to Burdekin's The End of This
Day's Business (New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of
New York, 1989), pp. 159-190.
- Patai, Daphne. "Introduction" to Burdekin's Swastika
Night (New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New
- Patai, Daphne. Foreword and Afterword to Burdekin's Proud
Man (New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York,
- Patai, Daphne. "Orwell's Despair, Burdekin's Hope: Gender and
Power in Dystopia." Women's Studies International Forum V. 7, No.
2 (1984), pp. 85-95.
- Review of Swastika Night in Time and Tide, June
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