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, 1994.
British Library Catalogue.
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, 1935.
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 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 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 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...
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. Marques, Susan LowndesEditor , Chatto and Windus, 1971.
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.
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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 .
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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 Winifred Peck
House-Bound, first published in 1942, was re-issued by Persephone Books in 2007, with an introduction by the late Penelope Fitzgerald , WP 's niece and fellow novelist. The edition had been planned for almost...
Publishing Cicely Hamilton
This novel, written in a rage and in a tent within sound of guns and shells,
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was reprinted by Persephone Books in 1999 as its opening title in a cover featuring an Omega Workshops fabric...
Publishing Julia Strachey
JS wrote the novel while staying with her aunt Dorothy Bussy 's family at Roquebrune in France, informally separated from her first husband, Stephen Tomlin .
Strachey, Julia, and Frances Partridge. Julia: A Portrait of Julia Strachey. Little, Brown, 1983.
113, 116
After finishing her manuscript, she sent...
Publishing Dorothy Whipple
She decided to write this one in preference to a different potential novel which was also pressing to be written. She made two false starts before she could feel the story was launched. For use...
Publishing Diana Athill
DA collected her later stories as Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, published by Persephone in London (and House of Anansi in Toronto) with a new preface by herself.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
British Library Catalogue.


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