Evelyn Scott (writer)

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Evelyn Scott (January 17, 1893 – August 3, 1963) was an American novelist, playwright and poet. A modernist and experimental writer, Scott "was a significant literary figure in the 1920s and 1930s, but she eventually sank into critical oblivion."[1]

Her first husband was Cyril Kay-Scott, but she also had an affair with Owen Merton, father of Thomas Merton.

Scott later married the English writer John Metcalfe.[2]

She sometimes wrote under the pseudonyms Ernest Souza and Elsie Dunn.

Selected works[edit]

  • Precipitations (poems, 1920)
  • The Narrow House (novel, 1921)
  • Narcissus (novel, 1922)
  • Escapade (memoir, 1923)
  • The Golden Door (novel, 1925)
  • Ideals (stories, 1927)
  • Migrations (novel, 1927)
  • The Wave (novel, 1929)
  • Blue Rum (novel, 1930) under pseudonym E. Souza
  • A Calendar of Sin (novel, 1931)
  • Eva Gay (autobiographical novel, 1933)
  • Breathe Upon These Slain (novel, 1934)
  • Background in Tennessee (autobiography, 1937)
  • Bread and a Sword (novel, 1937)
  • The Shadow of the Hawk (novel, 1941)


  1. ^ Scura, Dorothy M.; Jones, Paul C., eds. (2001). Evelyn Scott: Recovering a Lost Modernist. Univ. of Tennessee Press. p. xiii. ISBN 9781572331167. 
  2. ^ "Metcalfe, John" by Brian Stableford in David Pringle, St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers. London : St. James Press, 1998, ISBN 1558622063 (pp. 405-6).

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