Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Barcynska, Hélène
Used Form: Helene Barcynska
Birth Name: Marguerite Florence Laura Jarvis
Married Name: Marguerite Barclay
Married Name: Marguerite Evans
Married Name: Marguerite Caradoc Evans
Nickname: Miss Daisy
Pseudonym: Olive Bree
Pseudonym: Miss Answers
Pseudonym: Armiger Barclay
Pseudonym: The Firefly
Pseudonym: Countess Barcynska
Indexed Name: Countess Hélène Barcynska
was a prolific popular novelist of the twentieth century, who had her greatest successes before and after the First World War and was still publishing after the second. Her autobiography, issued in 1941, lists thirty-eight novels she issued as Oliver Sandys (plus six films) and twenty-one she issued as Countess Barcynska (five filmed).
Barcynska, Hélène. Full and Frank: The Private Life of a Woman Novelist. Hurst and Blackett, 1941.
Her stories show inventiveness (as well as borrowing from life) and ingenuity. Her total output of novels may be a hundred and thirty,
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/, http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
but library catalogues do not capture all the likely attributions. She also published short stories, further memoirs (one of them an account of mystical or faith-healing experience), and a biography of her second husband.