Rose Allatini

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RA is known for a single novel, Despised and Rejected, 1918, whose pacifist and homosexual content has attracted critics. Yet her career as author of almost forty known novels and a few short stories ran from 1914 to 1978, latterly under two successive pseudonyms which most library catalogues do not identify as hers. She began with dark novels whose idealistic, imaginative young protagonists are bitterly chastened by society. To these themes she added bodily damage by illness or accident, early death, and settings among cosmopolitan Jewish families radiating warmth, authoritarianism (especially towards women), and internal rivalries. Her Jewish interests gradually gave way to a focus on the occult; in both it seems likely that she drew heavily on her own experience. She continued to be preoccupied with illness and healing, careers and vocations, and with art as spiritual manifestation, and added to these a concern with great souls, and the transcendence of individuality by unity and of death by a transfigured afterlife. From the beginning she was prone to repetition from one book to another, and in later novels her popular tone became sensational, then clichéd both in style and incident.

Milestones

23 January 1890
RA was born in Vienna.
The Feminist Companion puts her birth in Poland, but on the analogy of her fictions her family's connection with Poland was probably well before her birth. A letter from her daughter to researcher Jean Overton Fuller confirms Vienna as her birth place.
Scott, Desmond. Cyril Scott. Composer. Author. Poet (1879-1970).
Cutbill, Jonathan, and Rose Allatini. “Introduction”. Despised and Rejected, GMP, 1988.
Fuller, Jean Overton. Cyril Scott and a Hidden School: Towards the Peeling of an Onion. Theosophical History, 1998.
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By late April 1914
RA published with her name as R. Allatini, through Mills and Boon , her first novel, ". . . Happy Ever After".
This is dated by the Bodleian Library acquisition stamp.
British Library Catalogue.
22 May 1918
Under the pseudonym A. T. Fitzroy, RA published her novel Despised and Rejected, whose political and sexual content made it at once a magnet for controversy.
Jean Overton Fuller suspects that Cyril Scott participated in the writing of this novel—indeed, that he takes over the narrative early on, when emphasis shifts from Antoinette's relationship with a woman to her interest in the protagonist, Dennis.
Fuller, Jean Overton. Cyril Scott and a Hidden School: Towards the Peeling of an Onion. Theosophical History, 1998.
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She argues for joint authorship although Scott was not a pacifist.
Fuller, Jean Overton. Cyril Scott and a Hidden School: Towards the Peeling of an Onion. Theosophical History, 1998.
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Cutbill, Jonathan, and Rose Allatini. “Introduction”. Despised and Rejected, GMP, 1988.
Solo: Search Oxford University Libraries Online.
10 October 1918
RA 's novel Despised and Rejected was sentenced at the Mansion House, under DORA (the Defence of the Realm Act), as likely to prejudice the recruiting, training, and discipline of persons in his Majesty's Forces.
King, Elspeth. The Hidden History of Glasgow’s Women: The Thenew Factor. Mainstream Publishing, 1993.
(11 October 1918): 5
Woolf, Virginia. The Diary of Virginia Woolf. Bell, Anne Olivier and Andrew McNeillieEditors , Hogarth Press, 1984.
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Raitt, Suzanne. May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian. Clarendon Press, 2000.
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By October 1978
In probably her eighty-ninth year RA (as Eunice Buckley) issued her final novel, Work of Art. Her penultimate one, Young Man of Great Promise, had appeared early the same year.
Dated from the Bodleian Library acquisition stamps.
British Library Catalogue.
About 1980
RA died at the age of ninety.
Cutbill, Jonathan, and Rose Allatini. “Introduction”. Despised and Rejected, GMP, 1988.
Fuller, Jean Overton. Cyril Scott and a Hidden School: Towards the Peeling of an Onion. Theosophical History, 1998.
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Biography

Her name appears as Buckley, Eunice (Rose Allatini) in the index of her husband's autobiography, 1969, and the opposite way round on his website, written by RA 's son and designed by her grand-daughter. Neither implies that she wrote other than as Buckley.
Scott, Cyril. Bone of Contention: Life Story and Confessions. Arco, 1969.
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Scott, Desmond. Cyril Scott. Composer. Author. Poet (1879-1970).

Birth and Background