Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Elizabeth von Arnim
Standard Name: von Arnim, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Mary Annette Beauchamp
Pseudonym: Elizabeth von Arnim
Pseudonym: Alice Cholmondeley
Married Name: Mary Annette Russell
Titled: Mary Annette, Countess Russell
Used Form: Marie Annette Beauchamp
Over the course of her career EA
wrote over twenty popular novels, some of which she adapted for the stage, and published her memoirs. Her bestselling first novel, Elizabeth and her German Garden (1898), brought her to fame. After this she wrote mostly comic romances which treated, among other themes, early twentieth-century domestic affairs, the problems of aging, and Anglo-German relations. EA
's circle of friends and acquaintances included a number of significant writers of the period. Virago
reprints and a critical biography have renewed interest in her oeuvre.
The novelist Elizabeth von Arnim
, born a New Zealand Beauchamp, was KM
's elder cousin. She also became a friend, and crucially helped KM with money during the last months of her life.
Alpers, Antony. The Life of Katherine Mansfield. Oxford University Press, 1982.
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Family and Intimate relationships
H. G. Wells
Wells wrote about characters who defied conventional morality. In his own life, he married twice, and had a busy extramarital sexual career. He writes about this himself in the second volume of his autobiography (published...
Family and Intimate relationships
From the beginning, the liaison was fraught with difficulties. When they met, Wells was over forty and still married to his second wife, with whom he had come to an agreement that he would be...
's health began to decline around 1900, and she found it difficult to complete work (she was illustrating The April Baby's Book of Tunes by Elizabeth von Arnim
at the time).
Engen, Rodney. Kate Greenaway: A Biography. Macdonald Futura Publishers Limited, 1981.
Intertextuality and Influence
Sara Jeannette Duncan
After being diagnosed with tuberculosis and ordered to confine herself as much as possible to a chaise-longue for the summer, SJD
began writing an autobiography influenced by the then-successful flower-treatise
Fowler, Marian. Redney: A Life of Sara Jeannette Duncan. Anansi, 1983.
memoir Elizabeth and Her...
self-effacingly suggested that her horticultural representation of Ireland is a pleasurable childishness,
Lawless, Emily. A Garden Diary. Methuen, 1901.
critic Elizabeth Grubgeld
argues that her representation of personal history and cultural heritage in her garden and her Garden Diary...
E. M. Forster
In 1904 he had a job in Germany as tutor to the children of novelist Elizabeth von Arnim
In her capacity as European representative for the American Everybody's Magazine (edited by John O'Hara Cosgrave
set out to woo various authors including Kenneth Grahame
. She writes that she was successful in...
illustrated, by invitation, The April Baby's Book of Tunes, With the Story of How They Came to Be Written by Elizabeth von Arnim
. This turned out to be her last production.
Elizabeth Jane Howard
collaborated with Arthur Helps on Bettina: A Portrait, about Elizabeth von Arnim
, in 1957. Helps, a professional translator, had drafted this biography, but it badly needed shaping and structuring. Collaboration was difficult...
Out of her multitudinous acquaintance with writers, she selected about half a dozen to write about in detail. Women among these were Elizabeth of the German Garden and dear Rhoda [Broughton].
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. Diaries and Letters of Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1911-1947. Marques, Susan LowndesEditor , Chatto and Windus, 1971.
Not all her prewar travelling was Lyceum-related. She was in Germany again a few years later, as an agent for Delineator, an American magazine, having left at short notice to track down Elizabeth von Arnim