Doubly Determined: the Ambition of Storm Jameson

  • Jennifer Birkett

Abstract

Simone de Beauvoir, lecturing in Japan in 1966 on ‘Women and Creativity’, spoke of the determining lack of ambition which stopped most women from pursuing a creative vocation and aspiring to genius: while boys were taught ambition from an early age, women were conditioned to supporting roles.1 Margaret Storm Jameson (1891–1986) is one of the few exceptions to de Beauvoir’s rule. From childhood she designated herself as ambitious: ‘What was I at ten? Already anxious, ambitious, eager to please, something of a hypocrite and a mule.’2 Her first novel, she said, was written out of sheer ambition for money and fame (JN, i 111). She wrote not just for writing’s sake, but to insert herself into the public world and establish herself in a successful career.

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Dust Gall Hunt Burial Tray 

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