Persephone Books


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Dedications Noel Streatfeild
NS published an adult novel entitled Saplings (dedicated to her mother), which was chosen by Persephone Books for reprinting in 2000.
Huse, Nancy. Noel Streatfeild. Twayne, 1994.
British Library Catalogue.
Literary responses Marghanita Laski
Reviews were mixed. The San Francisco Chronicle called this a tour-de-force of its kind,, a little jewel of horror. The Times Literary Supplement dismissed it as surprisingly sentimental and not a very original story...
Literary responses Frances Hodgson Burnett
The website of Persephone Books , recent publishers of this novel, argues that Bettina is one of the great self-reliant heroines of fiction, and that the focus of the novel falls on her American energy...
Literary responses Dorothy Whipple
DW was an unacknowledged favourite of Ivy Compton-Burnett and evidently of Elizabeth Taylor too, since Taylor borrowed for her novel Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont from the opening of a story among Whipple's papers, which...
Literary responses Susan Miles
This book appeared with very distinguished endorsement on its jacket. T. S. Eliot wrote that he found it a very poignant story.Storm Jameson wrote, Its simplicities are at a profound level. The theme is...
Literary responses E. M. Delafield
Marie Belloc Lowndes , a Roman Catholic, observed in late 1945 that EMD 's early anti-Catholic suffered from a failure of realism, being filled with fantastic imaginary figures of the old Catholic world.
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. Diaries and Letters of Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1911-1947. Marques, Susan LowndesEditor , Chatto and Windus, 1971.
Lowndes, Diaries 267
Literary responses Margaret Oliphant
Merryn Williams observed in an afterword to the Persephone edition that both these stories deal with the terribly destructive effects of middle-aged passion.
Persephone Books.
Literary responses Monica Dickens
Persephone 's webside quotes two excellent reviews from the date of first publication—one from John Betjeman and one from Elizabeth Bowen .
Persephone Books.
Literary responses Cicely Hamilton
This novel was awarded the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse in early 1920.
Hamilton, Cicely. Life Errant. J. M. Dent and Sons, 1935.
The Times announcement of the award mentioned that it was worth £40 and that a committee (with Marie Belloc Lowndes as president...
Publishing Diana Athill
DA collected her later stories as Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, published by Persephone in London (and House of Anansi in Toronto) with a new preface by herself.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
British Library Catalogue.
Publishing Marghanita Laski
ML dedicated this novel to her son Jonathan. She took her title from Blake 's The Little Boy Lost: Father, father where are you going? / Oh, do not walk so fast! / Speak...
Publishing Dorothy Whipple
She decided to write this one in preference to a different potential novel which was also pressing to be written. She made two false starts before she could feel the story was launched. For use...
Publishing Frances Hodgson Burnett
This was re-issued by Persephone Books in 2001 (together with, in the same volume, its sequel, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst). It was subsequently broadcast as a BBC Radio Four classic serial.
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Solo: Search Oxford University Libraries Online.
Publishing Marghanita Laski
She dedicated this novel to her grandparents and her daughter. Persephone Books issued a reprint in winter 2004.
Publishing Dorothy Whipple
She had the idea for this book about a country house family, requiring detailed knowledge of cricket, while sitting in the hot sun shortly after her previous novel appeared. The new idea made her pulse...


Puffin , a subsidiary of Penguin designed to publish (initially) picture books for children in paperback, issued its first four titles.
September 1998
Literary historian Nicola Beauman founded Persephone Books , aimed at reprinting in beautiful format forgotten classics by twentieth-century (mostly women) writers.
Persephone Books.