The Historical Birthday-Tea Party 25th February


theodoraNo birthday alloted today, so a random choice:

Theodora Bosanquet OBE 1881-1961 (no idea what day she was born, history and the internet refuses to relate)

Now. Theodora is best known for being Henry James’ secretary. Not a good start, but remarkable that anyone could get known for being anyone’s secretary really. James described her as boyish.

Apart from typing up James’ manuscripts Theodora also published a memoir Henry James at Work and studies on Harriet Martineau and Paul Valéry.

Theodora later became Executive Secretary of the International Federation of University Women and was a committed feminist. From 1935 she was literary editor and then director of feminist journal Time and Tide, mouthpiece of the women’s movement in the UK from the 1920’s, which published just about anyone worth thinking about in that milieu; which is a lot more interesting in my opinion!