Persephone Books


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Dedications Noel Streatfeild
NS published an adult novel entitled Saplings (dedicated to her mother), which was chosen by Persephone Books for reprinting in 2000.
Huse, Nancy. Noel Streatfeild. Twayne.
British Library Catalogue.
Literary responses E. M. Delafield
Marie Belloc Lowndes , a Roman Catholic, observed in late 1945 that EMD 's early anti-Catholic suffered from a failure of realism, being filled with fantastic imaginary figures of the old Catholic world.
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. Diaries and Letters of Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1911-1947. Editor Marques, Susan Lowndes, Chatto and Windus.
Lowndes, Diaries 267
Literary responses Margaret Oliphant
Merryn Williams observed in an afterword to the Persephone edition that both these stories deal with the terribly destructive effects of middle-aged passion.
Persephone Books.
Literary responses Monica Dickens
Persephone 's webside quotes two excellent reviews from the date of first publication—one from John Betjeman and one from Elizabeth Bowen .
Persephone Books.
Literary responses Cicely Hamilton
This novel was awarded the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse in early 1920.
Hamilton, Cicely. Life Errant. J. M. Dent and Sons.
The Times announcement of the award mentioned that it was worth £40 and that a committee (with Marie Belloc Lowndes as president...
Literary responses Marghanita Laski
Reviews were mixed. The San Francisco Chronicle called this a tour-de-force of its kind,, a little jewel of horror. The Times Literary Supplement dismissed it as surprisingly sentimental and not a very original story...
Literary responses Frances Hodgson Burnett
The website of Persephone Books , recent publishers of this novel, argues that Bettina is one of the great self-reliant heroines of fiction, and that the focus of the novel falls on her American energy...
Literary responses Dorothy Whipple
DW was an unacknowledged favourite of Ivy Compton-Burnett and evidently of Elizabeth Taylor too, since Taylor borrowed for her novel Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont from the opening of a story among Whipple's papers, which...
Literary responses Susan Miles
This book appeared with very distinguished endorsement on its jacket. T. S. Eliot wrote that he found it a very poignant story.Storm Jameson wrote, Its simplicities are at a profound level. The theme is...
Publishing Betty Miller
The provisional title under which it was rejected was Next Year in Jerusalem (a far cry from the later title—which is also that of one of her protagonist's films—which evokes both a fashionable area of...
Publishing Monica Dickens
This was ironical, since her aim had been to produce something new and different.
Dickens, Monica. An Open Book. Heinemann.
She titled the book with the name of Tennyson 's heroine who waits interminably in her moated grange for a...
Publishing Margaret Oliphant
In 2010 Persephone Books reprinted this story or novella together with another one by MO , The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow, giving the combined book the title of the latter. The combination of these...
Publishing Monica Dickens
She used to get up at about 4 a.m. and write until the baby woke. The title stemmed in part from the windiness of Cape Cod (where she was living), in part from her heroine's...
Publishing Penelope Fitzgerald
PF wrote twice about her writer aunt, Winifred Peck , and particularly about her wartime novel House-Bound. In 1985 she wrote in the Times Literary Supplement that this was the one among all her...
Publishing Cicely Hamilton
This novel, written in a rage and in a tent within sound of guns and shells,
Persephone Books.
was reprinted by Persephone Books in 1999 as its opening title in a cover featuring an Omega Workshops fabric...


1941: Puffin, a subsidiary of Penguin designed...

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Puffin , a subsidiary of Penguin designed to publish (initially) picture books for children in paperback, issued its first four titles.

September 1998: Literary historian Nicola Beauman founded...

Women writers item

September 1998

Literary historian Nicola Beauman founded Persephone Books , aimed at reprinting in beautiful format forgotten classics by twentieth-century (mostly women) writers.
Persephone Books.


Beauman, Nicola. The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Persephone Books, 2009.
Conville, David, and Dorothy Whipple. “Afterword”. The Priory, Persephone Books, 2003, pp. 529-36.
Lestage, Gregory, and Mollie Panter-Downes. “Afterword: Mollie Panter-Downes and The New Yorker”. Good Evening, Mrs Craven, edited by Gregory Lestage and Gregory Lestage, Persephone Books, 1999, pp. 191-03.
Lestage, Gregory, and Mollie Panter-Downes. “Preface”. Good Evening, Mrs Craven, edited by Gregory Lestage and Gregory Lestage, Persephone Books, 1999, p. vii - xxiii.
Miles, Susan. Lettice Delmer. Persephone Books, 2002.
Miles, Susan. “Publisher’s Note”. Lettice Delmer, Persephone Books, 2002, p. v - xii.
Miller, Betty, and Jane Eldridge Miller. Farewell Leicester Square. Persephone Books, 2000.
Miller, Jane Eldridge, and Betty Miller. “Preface”. Farewell Leicester Square, Persephone Books, 2000, p. vii - xix.
Panter-Downes, Mollie. Good Evening, Mrs Craven. Editor Lestage, Gregory, Persephone Books, 1999.
Panter-Downes, Mollie. Minnie’s Room. Persephone Books, 2002.
Whipple, Dorothy. The Priory. Persephone Books, 2003, p. 528 pp.