Viennese-born composer and socialite. Wrote a breath-taking series of Diaries between 1898-1902, describing the artistic scene in turn-of-the-century Vienna. Pupil, friend, lover or wife of prominent men. In later years her salon became part of the artistic scene, first in Vienna, then in Los Angeles. Reviled, adored, and sometimes referred to in academic circle as the "Alma Problem". Sample translation coming soon!
Crime Novelist. Mother of the American detective novel. A lot of what she wrote was sentimental, melodramatic and long-winded – not to mention decisively anti-feminist. The nosy spinster-cum-sleuth Amelia Butterworth, though, is a delightful creature –