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Doctoral student discovers new works by key modernist writer

Published: 21 December 2016
By sculptor Sava Botzaris

New writing by ‘missing’ author Olive Moore has been discovered by English doctoral student Sophie Cavey. After producing three novels and a non-fiction work between 1929 and 1934, Moore was thought to have disappeared from the London literary scene without a trace. Sophie has discovered her writing for an industry and politics magazine called ‘Scope’ from 1942 to 1959, adding twenty-five years to her timeline of work. The magazine promotes commercial and scientific innovation within Great Britain’s industries as the means to successful post-war recovery. Moore contributes to almost all sections of the publication over its lifetime whilst also producing a ‘Man of the Month’ column in every issue, profiling an eclectic mix of figures at the centre of British industry and invention including Le Corbusier, Rudolf Laban, Tom Driberg MP, and Sir Allen Lane. The new material provides a hugely extended depiction of Moore’s developing vision of the social and political concerns of modernity and will inform Sophie’s doctoral project, which explores disobedient feminism in Olive Moore’s novels.

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