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Over the course of her career Elizabeth von Arnim wrote over twenty popular novels, some of which she adapted for the stage, and published her memoirs. Her bestselling first novel, Elizabeth and her German Garden (1898), brought her to fame. After this she wrote mostly comic romances which treated, among other themes, early twentieth-century domestic affairs, the problems of aging, and Anglo-German relations. Elizabeth von Arnim's circle of friends and acquaintances included a number of significant writers of the period. Virago reprints and a critical biography have renewed interest in her oeuvre.
31 August 1866 Mary Annette Beauchamp (later EA) was born at her family's summer residence at Kiribili Point in Sydney, Australia. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 January 1896 EA began to keep a diary and to work on several projects in fiction. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 September 1898 EA issued her first published work, the semi-fictionalised diary Elizabeth and her German Garden. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1940 EA, as 'the author of Elizabeth and her German Garden', published her final novel, Mr. Skeffington, to popular acclaim. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 February 1941 EA died from complications of influenza at the Riverside Infirmary in Charleston, South Carolina. Bibliographic Citation link.
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