Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Bentley, Phyllis
Birth Name: Phyllis Eleanor Bentley
Indexed Name: Phyllis E. Bentley
Pseudonym: Mary Elizabeth Carr
Indexed Name: Phyllis Eleanor Bentley
was a prolific and successful novelist, literary critic, short-story writer, children's writer, and journalist, who was productive over a broad span of the twentieth century. Almost all her twenty-eight novels and numerous short stories are set in her native West Riding of Yorkshire and many are historical as well as regional, focussing on the textile trade and the effects of industrialization in that region. A realist with a strong sense of historical process, she sought to write novels which should present life exactly at [sic] it really was, and by so doing help to better the world.
Bentley, Phyllis. "O Dreams, O Destinations". Gollancz, 1962.
She was deeply influenced by the Brontë
s, and wrote several literary studies of the history of Haworth and the Brontëfamily
, as well as of the regional novel and of narrative form.
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Notable women writers such as May Sinclair
and Phyllis Bentley
, a recent predecessor to MK
, had also been educated there. Margaret would later recreate Cheltenham in The Constant Nymph as Cleeve College.
Powell, Violet. The Constant Novelist. W. Heinemann, 1983.
Living in the north, DW
remained outside London literary circles. She found the company of councillors and their wives rather dispiriting and seem[ed] to have so much of it (because of her husband's job).
Whipple, Dorothy. Random Commentary. Michael Joseph, 1966.
struck up a friendship with Phyllis Bentley
, and invited her to stay at Glebe Place.
Gorham, Deborah. Vera Brittain: A Feminist Life. Blackwell, 1996.
Mary Agnes Hamilton
Working for the Ministry of Information
during World War Two, she became friendly with the distinguished novelistPhyllis Bentley
Hamilton, Mary Agnes. Up-Hill All the Way. Cape, 1953.
whose warmth and strength of feeling she found attractive if sometimes hard on herself...
Another important friend of WH
's last years was Phyllis Bentley
, whom she met in Yorkshire in 1929.
once again draws heavily on her own experience. Ruth Alleyndene is based on herself and some critics believe that Ruth's husband Denis Rutherston is based on George Catlin
(though Leonardi maintains that neither VB
The Dictionary of Literary Biography calls Jemima Shore a new kind of woman detective.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Her independence, intelligence, and literary sensibility are nothing new, but her rejection of marriage and her cheerful sexual promiscuity are...
Jameson had been approached by the Ministry of Information
once the USA had entered World War II, for suggestions on how to cement Anglo-American relations.
Jameson, Storm. Journey from the North. Harper and Row, 1970.
The resulting volume includes work by Phyllis Bentley
's critical biography Henry Fielding was an early volume in Home and Van Thal
's English Novelists series (in which the first was Phyllis Bentley
's The Brontës).