Katharine Burdekin

Katharine Burdekin (* July 1896 in Spondon, Derbyshire, † 1963), was a British writer. It exists in both the spelling Katharine and Katherine Burdekin.


Burdekin grew under the name Katharine Penelope Cade in Spondom the youngest of four children. From 1907 to 1913 she studied at Cheltenham Ladies' College. She married in 1915 Beaufort Burdekin and went with him to Australia. In 1921 she separated from her husband. Returned with her two daughters, who were born in 1917 and 1921, to England, she lived since 1926 with her ​​partner.

Burdekin worked as a factory worker and published under the pseudonyms Kay Burdekin and Constantine Murray. In 1956, she ended her literary activities. Only in 1985 was the literary scholar and feminist Daphne Patai, ( University of Massachusetts ), made ​​Burdekins identity known and researched their work.


The central themes of its most utopian and feminist literary works are Nazism, racism and male violence. Thus treated her most famous novel Swastika Night in 1937 the potential consequences of centuries ruling National Socialism for Europe. He appeared in 1995 in German under the title Night of the brown shade.

Works (selection)

As Katharine Burdekine

  • Anna Colquhoun. London 1922.
  • The Burning ring., 1927.
  • The Rebel Passion. New York 1929.
  • The End of This Day 's Business. In 1989. ( Written 1935)
  • Quiet Ways. London 1930.

As Kay Burdekin

  • William Morrow. In 1929.
  • St. John's Eve. 1927

As Murray Constantine

  • Proud Man., 1934.
  • Swastika Night. Victor Gollancz, London, 1937. German translation: Night of the brown shade. In 1995.


  • Two in a bag. , 1920.
  • No Compromise. A Political Romance. , 1930.
  • Children of Jacob. In 1938.
  • Father to the Man., 1944.