Nell Dunn

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  • Sebastian Groes (University of Roehampton)

Nell (Mary) Dunn is a British writer born in London, 1936. As the author of gripping and formally original documentary-fiction about the plight of young working-class women in London's slum areas, she became first known as a chronicler of the dark side of the Swinging Sixties. She went on to write plays, the most well-known of which, Steaming (1981), explores the lives of women in relationship to class. Although Dunn's work has generally been neglected by literary scholarship, there is currently a resurgent interest in her work.

As the daughter of the wealthy industrialist Sir Philip Dunn, she grew up comfortably in an upper-class, aristocratic environment and was educated at a convent school, which she abandoned at t…

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Groes, Sebastian. "Nell Dunn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2007
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]