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Viola Meynell wrote during the earlier part of the twentieth century. Her fairly slender output includes religious novels, poetry, essays, short stories, and book reviews. Her richly emotional and subtle style is often structured by Christian diction and allusion. She tends to give her central characters happy endings heavily freighted with the symbolism of re-birth, but intense penitence for past actions is often first demanded of her female protagonists. Her positive critical reception was perhaps coloured by the high literary standing of her mother; she has as yet awakened no serious revival of interest.
15 October 1885 VM was born at Phillimore Place, Kensington, the daughter of two writers. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
October 1910 VM published anonymously, with Herbert and Daniel, her first novel, Martha Vine: A Love Story of Simple Life. Bibliographic Citation link.
1929 Seven years after her mother's death, VM published what is probably her best-remembered work today, Alice Meynell: A Memoir. Bibliographic Citation link.
1956 Only months before VM died, Hart-Davis issued her edited volume The Best of Friends: Further Letters to Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge), received from his wide circle of friends. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 October 1956 VM died at Greatham after years of struggling with a fatal form of motor neuron disease. Bibliographic Citation link.
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