Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Phyllis Bottome 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/>. 17 January 2022.
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Phyllis Bottome was a prolific novelist who published over fifty works in approximately sixty years. Her two best-known works, Private Worlds and The Mortal Storm, were made into popular American films. In addition to novels, Phyllis Bottome wrote a biography of psychologist Alfred Adler, who greatly influenced her life and work; three volumes of autobiography; and numerous essays and short stories. Most of her writings are concerned with issues of social justice—poverty, mental illness, women's work, and especially anti-Semitism. In her fiction and non-fiction, Phyllis Bottome fervently attacked the Nazis' treatment of European Jews and appealed to Britain and America to take responsibility for the plight of Jewish refugees.
31 May 1882 PB was born at Rochester in Kent. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By 31 October 1902 PB's first novel, Life, the Interpreter, was published in London. It appeared the same year in New York. Bibliographic Citation link.
1934 PB published one of her best-known novels, Private Worlds, which she hoped would increase public awareness about mental illness and lead to better treatment options. Bibliographic Citation link.
1935 A film version of PB's Private Worlds, starring Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert and directed by Gregory La Cava, was released. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 9 October 1937 PB published in Britain and North America The Mortal Storm, a blockbuster novel which depicts a German woman's resistance to anti-semitism in Nazi Germany. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 June 1940 The film version of PB's The Mortal Storm, one of Hollywood's first anti-Nazi films, opened in the United States, where it served as an important and influential piece of British war propaganda. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 12 January 1962 PB published The Goal, her third and final volume of autobiography. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 August 1963 PB died at her home at 95 South End Road, Hampstead in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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