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A Naomi Mitchison Bibliography

AP Article Regarding Her Death
Biographical Information | Fiction | Drama | Nonfiction | Literary Criticism

AP, Tuesday January 12 3:42 AM ET
Author Naomi Mitchison Dies at 101

CARRADALE, Scotland (AP) - Lady Naomi Mitchison, who was often called the doyenne of Scottish literature, has died at the age of 101, her family said.

The cause and location of her death, which occurred Monday, were not immediately available.

A poet and novelist, Lady Mitchison was a prolific writer - completing more than 80 novels in her lifetime. She never confined herself to one style, writing historical novels, science fiction, travel writing and a three volume autobiography.

Her first novel, The Conquered, was published in 1923 and was based on her wartime experiences.

In 1935, Lady Mitchison published her most controversial work. We Have Been Wanted explored sexual behavior, including rape, seduction and abortion. The book was rejected by leading publishers and ultimately censored.

In addition to her writings, Lady Mitchison was also a vocal women's rights campaigner, actively lobbying for birth control.

Born in Edinburgh in 1897, she began a science degree at Oxford University, but gave up her studies to become a nurse. She married Dick Mitchison in 1916. He later became a member of Parliament for the Labor Party, and was eventually made into a life peer.

Lady Mitchison was also made a life peer in 1964 for her literary contributions.

Throughout her life, she was a spokeswoman for the island communities of western Scotland, where she made her home.

She is survived by five children. Her husband died in 1970.

Funeral arrangements were not yet available.

Biographical Information

Born: Edinburgh, Scotland, 1897; nee Naomi Haldane.
Died: Scotland, 1999.

For more biographical information see:

  1. "Naomi Mitchison: The Feminist Art of Making Things Difficult" by Susan M. Squier, afterword in Solution Three 1995
  2. Naomi Mitchison: A Biography by Jill Benton (London: Pandora, 1990)


Barbarian Stories
The Blood of the Martyrs
Cleopatra's People
Heinemann, 1972
Cloud Cuckoo Land
(historical novel) (1925)
The Conquered
(historical novel) (1923)
The Corn King and the Spring Queen
(historical novel) (1931)
"Mary and Joe"
(1962) reprinted in Harry Harrison's Nova 1 (1970)
Memoirs of a Spacewoman
Science fiction. London: Victor Gollancz, 1962; reprint, New York: Berkeley, 1973
Solution Three
Science Fiction.
Written in 1970. Two notebooks containing corrected drafts of "The Clone Mums," in The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Acc. 5831.
Originally published: London: Dobson, 1975.
Reprinted 1995 with an afterword by Susan M. Squier. The Feminist Press at The City University of New York, 311 East 94 Street, New York, NY 10128. ISBN 1-55861-097-9; ISBN (paperback) 1-55861-096-0.
We Have Been Warned
London: Constable & Co., 1935.
When the Bough Breaks and Other Stories
in Jen Green's and Sarah Lefanu's Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind (1985)


"Saunes Bairos: A Study in Recurrence"


African Heroes
All Change Here: Girlhood and Marriage
Among You Taking Notes: The Wartime Diary of Naomi Mitchison 1930-1945
As It Was: An Autobiography 1897-1918
Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing, 1975; reprint 1988
Mucking Around: Five Continents Over Fifty Years
Small Talk: Memoirs of an Edwardian Childhood
"Why Do We Write?"
in Haldane papers, The National Library of Scotland, Acc. 7219.
You May Well Ask: A Memoir, 1920-1940

Other Works

The Africans
Cardiff A. D. 1935
Early in Orcadia
Not by Bread Alone
Travel Light
When We Become Men

Literary Criticism

  1. Squier, Susan M. "Naomi Mitchison: The Feminist Art of Making Things Difficult." Afterword in Naomi Mitchison's Solution Three. New York: The Feminist Press of the City University of New York, 1995. Pages 161-183.

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