Neglected Women Writers’ Month: Romer Wilson

Born Florence Roma Muir Wilson, Girton College-educated Romer Wilson had a tragically short life.  She was born in Sheffield in 1891, and died of tuberculosis in Lausanne in January 1930, at the age of thirty eight.  In 1921, Romer was the recipient of the Hawthornden Prize for her novel entitled The Death of Society.


s-l300During the First World War, Romer sold potatoes for the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, and began to write her first novel, Martin Schuler, which was published in 1919.  Along with several other works of fiction, Romer was also the author of a biography of Emily Bronte.

“She seemed determined to be human also; to like people, even though they were stupid.”
(Virginia Woolf on Amber Reeves)


  • Martin Schüler (1919)
  • If All These Young Men (1919)
  • The Death of Society (1921)
  • The Grand Tour of Alphonse Marichaud (1923)
  • Dragon’s Blood (pre-1926)
  • Greenlow (1927)
  • The Social Climbers (1927)
  • Latterday Symphony (1927)
  • All Alone: The Life and Private History of Emily Jane Brontë (1928)
  • Green Magic (1928)
  • The Hill of Cloves (1929)
  • Red Magic (1930)

– Read an archived Spectator review from May 1923 about Wilson’s work here.
– Thoughts on Romer Wilson’s work on the Neglected Books Page can be found here.


2 thoughts on “Neglected Women Writers’ Month: Romer Wilson

    • Not a problem! I can’t wait to hear what you think of her books, particularly seeing as though you will surely prompt me to go and seek out some of her books too!

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