Though her work has been largely discounted by critics since the 1960s, early 20th Century poet and novelist Elizabeth Madox Roberts is being rediscovered.
Research and review of the Kentucky born writer’s work by Corban alumna Lyndsey (Hawk) Brown, ’07, was published in “Elizabeth Madox Roberts: Prospect and Retrospect” in spring 2012. The book is one of four in the “Reading Roberts” series and is a compellation of Robert’s unpublished work and critical essays about her poems and novels.
“I’ve always been interested in the literary canon and people who fell out of that,” Brown said. “Roberts typically chose a female antagonist, usually from Kentucky, and spoke about choosing to live life regardless of the circumstances you may face.
“I was struck by her words and her message of how we can be happy wherever we are in our lives,” she added.
Her essay “Transcendent Items: Ellen's Journey,” is a critique of one of Roberts’ early novels “The Time of Man,” written in 1926. In her essay, Brown examines the contents of a hope chest owned by Ellen, the book’s main character, and describes how they were a reflection of “Ellen’s journey of the self.”
Brown completed her master of English literature degree from Georgia Southern University in May 2012. Her thesis paper included research and examination of Roberts’ life and work. Brown is now an adjunct professor at Georgia Southern University and hopes to present her research about Roberts to other literary scholars and enthusiasts.
“Elizabeth Madox Roberts: Prospect and Retrospect” is available for $20 through the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society. For more information or to order a copy of the book, click here.