Quotes by Lorna Sage

"More and more I lived in books, they were my comfort, refuge, addiction, compensation for the humiliations that attended contact with the world outside."

"The children of violently unhappy marriages, like my mother, are often hamstrung for life, but the children of happier marriages have problems too - all the worse, perhaps, because they don't have virtue on their side."

"What made their marriage more than a run-of-the-mill case of domestic estrangement was her refusal to accept her lot. She stayed furious all the days of her life - so sure of her ground, so successfully spoiled, that she was impervious to the social pressures and propaganda that made most women settle down to play the part of wife."

"Rotting together for eternity, one flesh at the last after a lifetime’s mutual loathing."

"The sinner I was expecting was guilty of pride, lust and spiritual despair, not merely of sloth and ineptitude. This was the diary of a nobody. So I nearly censored January to June 1933 in the interests of Grandpa's glamour as a Gothic personage. But in truth this is what we should be exposed to - the awful knowledge that when they're not breaking the commandments, the anti-heroes are mending their tobacco pipes and listening to the wireless."

Books by Lorna Sage

  • Bad Blood
  • 1,447 ratings
  • February 18th 2003 by HarperCollins

    (first published September 7th 2000)

  • Angela Carter
  • 60 ratings
  • December 1st 2006 by Liverpool University Press

    (first published December 1990)

  • The Salzburg Tales
  • 35 ratings
  • December 28th 1986 by Virago Press Ltd

    (first published 1934)

  • Hunt the Slipper
  • 34 ratings
  • October 1st 1983 by Virago Press

    (first published 1937)

Lorna Sage
  • Lorna Sage

  • Date of birth: January 13, 1943
  • Died: January 11, 2001
  • Born: in The United Kingdom.

  • Description: The eldest child of Valma and Eric Stockton, she was named after Lorna Doone [1]. Sage was born at Hanmer, Flintshire, Wales, and educated at the village school, then at the Girls' High School in Whitchurch, Shropshire. Her childhood in the late 1940s and early 1950s is recalled in her last book Bad Blood. Sage became pregnant when she was 16 but was able to continue her education and won a scholarship to read English at Durham University, only after the university changed its admission rules to allow married couples to study there. Sage went on to receive an MA from Birmingham University for a thesis on seventeenth century poetry.

    All of her academic career was spent at the University of East Anglia, where she was Professor of English Literature from 1994. She edited The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English (1999) which has become a standard work. In the Preface she wrote: "In concentrating on women's writing...you stress the extent and pace of change, for the scale of women's access to literary life has reflected and accelerated democratic, diasporic pressures in the modern world".