Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Rose Allatini entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 25 January 2022.
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Rose Allatini is known for a single novel, Despised and Rejected, 1918, whose pacifist and homosexual content has attracted critics. Yet her career as author of almost forty known novels and a few short stories ran from 1914 to 1978, latterly under two successive pseudonyms which most library catalogues do not identify as hers. She began with dark novels whose idealistic, imaginative young protagonists are bitterly chastened by society. To these themes she added bodily damage by illness or accident, early death, and settings among cosmopolitan Jewish families radiating warmth, authoritarianism (especially towards women), and internal rivalries. Her Jewish interests gradually gave way to a focus on the occult; in both it seems likely that she drew heavily on her own experience. She continued to be preoccupied with illness and healing, careers and vocations, and with art as spiritual manifestation, and added to these a concern with 'great souls', and the transcendence of individuality by unity and of death by a transfigured afterlife. From the beginning she was prone to repetition from one book to another, and in later novels her popular tone became sensational, then clich├ęd both in style and incident.
23 January 1890 RA was born in Vienna. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By late April 1914 RA published with her name as 'R. Allatini', through Mills and Boon, her first novel, ". . . Happy Ever After". Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
22 May 1918 Under the pseudonym 'A. T. Fitzroy', RA published her novel Despised and Rejected, whose political and sexual content made it at once a magnet for controversy. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
10 October 1918 RA's novel Despised and Rejected was sentenced at the Mansion House, under DORA (the Defence of the Realm Act), as "likely to prejudice the recruiting, training, and discipline of persons in his Majesty's Forces." Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1978 In probably her eighty-ninth year RA (as 'Eunice Buckley') issued her final novel, Work of Art. Her penultimate one, Young Man of Great Promise, had appeared early the same year. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
About 1980 RA died at the age of ninety. Bibliographic Citation link.
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