Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
E. M. Delafield
Standard Name: Delafield, E. M.
Birth Name: Edmée Elizabeth Monica de la Pasture
Married Name: Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood
Pseudonym: E. M. Delafield
Pseudonym: E. M. D.
Used Form: Edmee Elizabeth Monica de la Pasture
Used Form: Edmee Elizabeth Monica Dashwood
's charming, witty novels are characterized by acute observation and good-humoured social satire. Her stories often draw from her own experiences—as an Edwardian débutante, a novice in a religious order, a war worker, and an upper-middle-class wife and mother in a modernizing Georgian world. At her best (as in Diary of a Provincial Lady) she offers lively, amusing insights into the foibles of her own class and contemporary society at large. Often compared to Jane Austen
, she has been praised for her almost uncanny gift for converting the small and familiar dullnesses of everyday life into laughter.
Beauman, Nicola, and E. M. Delafield. “Introduction”. The Diary of a Provincial Lady, Rprt ed. , Virago Press, 1984, p. vii - xvii.
She also wrote plays, short stories, literary criticism, sketches, war propaganda, and a travel book.
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had two daughters from her first marriage. The elder, Edmée Elizabeth Monica De la Pasture (born on 9 June 1890), became the novelist E. M. Delafield
—who, however, found her mother cold and distant...
Elizabeth Northcote, Countess of Iddesleigh, Susan Lowndes Marques, and Marie Belloc Lowndes. “List of Books by Mrs Belloc Lowndes, Foreword”. Diaries and Letters of Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1911-1947, edited by Susan Lowndes Marques and Susan Lowndes Marques, Chatto and Windus, 1971, pp. prelims, 1 - 3.
During her time at Oxford, KOB
developed friendships with the Irishwoman Enid Starkie
(a French scholar of note and later the holder of the Légion d'Honneur) and the English novelist E. M. Delafield
Again the sexual content was an issue. Devlin finds both reticence and modesty in EAR
, but critics found the book's sexual candour appalling, or called it crude or [r]ather too full blooded, or...
E. M. Delafield
writes that during the 1940s CY
retained wide popularity: that the London Library
's copies of her books were often checked out by readers, and that when Delafield wrote to the Times...
The appearance of Europe to Let struck a blow at SJ
's in any case faltering friendship with Vera Brittain
. They quarrelled over the character Olga (Johnson) Stehlík in The Hour of Prague...
had many plays successfully staged. Apart from those that were dramatised from novel form, they included The Lonely Millionaires and Grace the Reformer, both 1906, neither of which appear to have been published...
Elizabeth De la Pasture
had a successful career as a popular playwright (few of whose dramas reached print) and novelist. She also wrote short stories for periodicals, and a single story for children which had great success a...
E. H. Young
Though she has had no academic attention until very recently, EHY
appealed to a wide readership. Her works remained steadily in print during her lifetime. Writers of blurbs for her covers included E. M. Delafield
By September 1942, KOB
was established in Delafield
's house, Croyle, near Kentisbeare in Devon.
O’Brien, Kate. The Last of Summer. Virago, 1990.
She was, says Lorna Reynolds, a paying guest there; however, she was also crucially helpful to Delafield, who...
This novel takes up the story abruptly ended in The Dogs of Want. Sir Robert Syme, recently appointed a judge, has also not long ago become the husband of that novel's protagonist Barbara Heritage...
14 May 1920
Time and Tide began publication, offering a feminist approach to literature, politics, and the arts: Naomi Mitchison
called it the first avowedly feminist literary journal with any class, in some ways ahead of its time.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz, 1979.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
31 August 1939
The British Government
issued an evacuation notice to be carried out within twenty-four hours; within three days, in fact, a million and a half children, pregnant women, and the blind were moved from their urban...