Welcome to this site about Brigid Brophy.
Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) wrote 7 novels as well as non-fiction books, essays, plays, poems, polemic and journalism. When she died, my father, Michael Levey, despaired that there was so little interest at that time in Brophy’s very considerable oeuvre.
But that attitude is changing: It’s pleasing to see more people investigating Brophy’s life and work.
2020 is a big year for Brophy:
Richard Canning and Gerri Kimber have put together this series of essays discussing different facets of Brigid Brophy’s interests, reflecting her varied achievements. One contribution is mine, about my mother’s multiple sclerosis.
Faber’s new edition of Brophy’s 1964 masterpiece, The Snow Ball, is due out on November 5th 2020. I am delighted that Eley Williams has written the foreword. The Snow Ball hasn’t dated and I hope readers new to Brophy will enjoy it.
A book examining the origins of the modern animal rights movement, The Oxford Group and the Emergence of Animal Rights: An Intellectual History, is due for publication in the autumn, too. Brigid Brophy is acknowledged to have started the public discussion of the rights of animals, with her twist on Paine’s Rights of Man, in her article of 1965 The Rights of Animals. Her role in bringing to attention the theoretical problems inherent in our attitude to animals was, and still is, pivotal.