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Upcoming conference at Penshurst Place focuses attention on Sidney-Herbert family

I’m excited to share the news of an upcoming conference at Penshurst Place that focuses attention on Mary Wroth, England’s first female fiction writer, as well as Mary Sidney Herbert and other members of the Sidney-Herbert family. The Sidneys of Penshurst and Beyond: Contexts, Connections, Collaborations 27-28 September 2022 Proposals

Mary Wroth, Urania, and Secret Story-Maker

Mary Wroth’s prose romance, Urania, created such a scandal when she published it in 1621 that she was labelled a “hermaphrodite” by fellow courtiers (for daring to write love poetry and romance tales as a woman), and her book was forcibly withdrawn from publication. The first modern edition (pictured here)

News about Naomi’s newest novel

I’m happy to share that, after a six-month hiatus from social media, I’ve completed revisions of a draft of my newest novel, SECRET STORY-MAKER: A NOVEL OF MARY SIDNEY WROTH, which will be the sequel to my debut novel, Imperfect Alchemist (Allison & Busby Books 2020). Mary Wroth was an

“Authorizing Early Modern European Women” available December 6!

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of a new book of essays about early modern women in biofiction, “Authorizing Early Modern European Women: From Biography to Biofiction,” coedited by myself, Jim Fitzmaurice, and Sara Jayne Steen – coming out on Dec. 6 from Amsterdam University Press! The essays in this

Celebrating the one year anniversary of Imperfect Alchemist

As we approach the winter solstice, I welcome the opportunity to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the publication of Imperfect Alchemist (20 November, 2021) followed by the paperback release last summer (17 June 2021) – with these photos marking the turn of the seasons. I’m happy to report that I’m

Imperfect Alchemist longlisted for the HWA Debut Crown Award 2021

Imperfect Alchemist by Naomi Miller has been selected by the Historical Writers’ Association 2021 Debut Crown Award longlist! The 2021 Crown Awards (Debut, Gold and Non-Fiction) are for full-length books published for the first time in English in the UK between 1 April 2020 – 31st March 2021. For fiction,

Reviews from the Imperfect Alchemist Bookstagram Tour

The Imperfect Alchemist Bookstagram Tour recently wrapped up! Here’s what reviewers had to say: whatalicereads A richly detailed, complex historical fiction about women, creativity & ambition. I felt completely immersed in the setting of the Tudor period. The writing was absolutely gorgeous and with excellent characterization – this was a

Hear Naomi Miller on the Women and Shakespeare Podcast!

In this episode, we discuss Professor Naomi Miller’s novel, Imperfect Alchemist, which revolves around Mary Sidney Herbert and her bond with a maidservant and artist Rose. Interviewer: Dr Varsha Panjwani Guest: Professor Naomi Miller Producer: Mr Zeke Tweedie Artwork: Mr Wenqi Wan Listen here.

Shakespeare’s Sisters: A Faculty Journey from Classroom to Novel By Naomi Miller

The Acknowledgements section of my debut novel, Imperfect Alchemist (Allison & Busby 2020), opens with these words: With my students at Smith College, who have journeyed alongside me in exploring the works produced by Shakespeare’s Sisters—the early modern women authors whose voices were first heard by Shakespeare and his contemporaries—I

The Imperfect Alchemist audiobook is available now!

The Imperfect Alchemist audiobook is available for U.K. listeners on Audible, Storytel, Bookbeat, Apple & Google Books. CDs available for purchase on The Reading House website. Listen to an excerpt below:  

A photograph of novelist Naomi J. Miller

Imperfect Alchemist: Writing Women’s Voices

Many popular novels about Renaissance women picture them in relation to powerful men. One need look no further than the steady stream of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, perpetuating a phenomenon that I have named the “Noah’s ark approach,” which positions women in dependent relation to famous men.

Naomi Miller ’81 Reimagines Life of Literary Trailblazer Mary Sidney

The book: A novel set in 16th-century England, Imperfect Alchemist (Allison & Busby) by Naomi Miller ’81 reimagines the life of Mary Sidney, one of Shakespeare’s literary contemporaries, and her maid, Rose Commin. From vastly different social backgrounds, they share a drive to make their own way in the world.

Six Reviews from the Imperfect Alchemist Blog Tour

The Imperfect Alchemist Blog Tour recently wrapped up! Here’s what reviewers had to say: Day One – Madeleine of ramblingmads An incredibly engaging and intelligent book. Naomi Miller adds flesh to the bones of Mary’s life, illuminating this fascinating woman and bringing her brilliantly to life. Read the full review Day Two

Introducing Naomi Miller

Naomi Miller is descended on her mother’s side from a shogun in the Tokugawa period and on her father’s side from Dutch-English settlers who arrived in America at the time of the Mayflower. An award-winner author of books about Renaissance women, she is a professor of English and the Study of

An interview with Naomi Miller, author of Imperfect Alchemist

Interview and Review by Jo of JaffaReadsToo Two women. One bond that will unite them across years and social divides. England, 1575. Mary Sidney, who will go on to claim a spot at the heart of Elizabethan court life and culture, is a fourteen-year-old navigating grief and her first awareness

Imagining Mary: An Author’s Journey

Many popular novels about Renaissance women picture them in relation to powerful men. One need look no further than the steady stream of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, perpetuating a phenomenon that I have named the “Noah’s ark approach,” which positions women in dependent relation to famous men.

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