Women Writers Buried in Virginia

ID: 4067
School: School of Language, Education, and Culture
Program: English
Status: Ongoing
Start date: June 2020
End Date: November 2021


Research on women writers buried in Virginia. Forthcoming publication- November 15, 2021. Book description: America has an array of women writers who have made history--and many of them lived, died and were buried in Virginia. Gothic novelists, writers of westerns and African American poets, these writers include a Pulitzer Prize winner, the first woman writer to be named poet laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the first woman to top the bestseller lists in the twentieth century. Mary Roberts Rinehart was a best-selling mystery author often called the "American Agatha Christie." Anne Spencer was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. V.C. Andrews was so popular that when she died, a court ruled that her name was taxable, and the poetry of Susan Archer Talley Weiss received praise from Edgar Allan Poe. Professor and cemetery history enthusiast Sharon Pajka has written a guide to their accomplishments in life and to their final resting places.

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Pajka, S. (2021, October 7). Episode 53 - happy One Year anniversary ordinary extraordinary cemetery podcast! The Ordinary, Extraordinary Cemetery. Retrieved October 12, 2021, from https://www.theordinaryextraordinarycemetery.com/episode-53-happy-one-year-anniversary-ordinary-extraordinary-cemetery-podcast/.

Women Writers Buried in Virginia

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Pajka, S. (2020). Notable Women Authors: Their Writing Gave Voice to Women’s Suffrage. A Gateway into History, 11(2), 6–8.

Pajka, S. (2021, June 24). Women Writers Buried in Virginia Cemeteries. In Association for Gravestone Studies Virtual Conference.

Pajka, S. (2021, June 3). Nevermore to Visit: Shockoe Hill Cemetery’s most famous non-resident, Edgar Allan Poe. In American Culture Association, PCAACA.