Barbara Cartland

Standard Name: Cartland, Barbara
Birth Name: Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland
Married Name: Mary Barbara Hamilton McCorquodale
Nickname: Queen of Romance
An immensely prolific writer of romance, BC published more than seven hundred books during her career, which spanned more than seven decades of the twentieth century, and she left a legacy of more than 150 further titles to be issued in a steady flow after her death. The Guinness Book of World Records regularly awards her the entry for best-selling author. Her books tally over one billion copies in thirty-six languages. She also wrote fictionalized biography, autobiography, advice books on love and marriage, cookery books, plays, radio plays, and a screenplay.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Severo, Richard. “Romance queen pens final chapter”. Edmonton Journal, p. A3.
Taylor, Andrew. “Grub Street”. The Author, Vol.
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Intertextuality and Influence Ethel M. Dell
Barbara Cartland , according to her biographer Gwen Robyns , developed a taste for the novels of EMD (along with those of Berta Ruck and Elinor Glyn ) as soon as she discovered the public...
Intertextuality and Influence Georgette Heyer
One of GH 's fans drew her attention to a novel by Barbara Cartland which borrowed several elements from her writing, with telltale details suggesting that parallels in plot or characters could not be coincidence...
Literary responses Elinor Glyn
EG 's novels, and their attempt at more open depiction of female sensuality and sexual subjects, have largely been forgotten since then, though Barbara Cartland in the late 1970s produced abridged editions of several (more...
Publishing Berta Ruck
This novel was revised for volume publication from its serial form in the magazine Home Chat.
Shattock, Joanne. The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford University Press.
It reached a second edition the same year, and was reprinted in 1929, 1974, and in 1981 as...
Publishing Berta Ruck
This too was reprinted in Barbara Cartland 's Library of Love, 1980, one of Ruck's several works to be abridged by Cartland.
British Library Catalogue.
Publishing Ethel M. Dell
A condensation of this novel appeared in 1978 in the series Barbara Cartland 's Library of Love; Cartland condensed other EMD novels as well.
British Library Catalogue.
Publishing Elinor Glyn
A year later, in September 1913, EG published another romance novel, The Sequence, 1905-1912. It appeared as Guinevere's Lover in the USA the same year, and the Tauchnitz edition of the following year used...
Publishing Elinor Glyn
EG 's last two novels of the decade were Destruction, November 1918, and The Price of Things, 1919. The latter was translated into Czech close to its original appearance and into French following...
Publishing Elinor Glyn
This was reprinted as number 25 in Barbara Cartland 's Library of Love in 1978.
Solo: Search Oxford University Libraries Online.
Publishing E. M. Hull
The American Reprint Company rereleased the novel in 1976, and in 1977 Barbara Cartland wrote an abridged version of it as part of Barbara Cartland's Library of Love.
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Publishing E. M. Hull
Barbara Cartland abridged this novel in 1978 for her series Barbara Cartland's Library of Love; Duckworth republished Cartland's abridged version in 1981. The American Reprint Company reprinted the entire novel in 1978.
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Reception Enid Blyton
On the other hand for the future free-speech activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali , growing up as an Islamic Somali girl in 1980s Kenya, subjected to genital mutilation and pressured constantly to obey and submit...
Reception Catherine Cookson
At one time, CC titles constituted one third of all the books loaned by Britain's public libraries.
Collini, Stefan. “The Cookson Story”. London Review of Books, pp. 33-5.
With 123 million copies sold by the end of 1998,
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable.
she was one of the best-selling...
Textual Features Caroline Blackwood
This compilation offered (as well as quotations about food from canonical writers) short-cut recipes from literary celebrities: among others Barbara Cartland 's filets de sole caprice (cooked by her chef), Beryl Bainbridge 's stovies (Sunday-joint...


9 December 2006-17 July 2007: The National Portrait Gallery in London mounted...

Writing climate item

9 December 2006-17 July 2007

The National Portrait Gallery in London mounted an exhibition of photographs of women writers, mostly novelists, from 1920 to 1960.


Cartland, Barbara. A Hazard of Hearts. Rich and Cowan, 1949.
Cartland, Barbara. Husbands and Wives. A. Barker, 1961.
Cartland, Barbara. I Reach for the Stars. Robson, 1994.
Cartland, Barbara. I Search for Rainbows. Hutchinson, 1967.
Cartland, Barbara. I Seek the Miraculous. Sheldon Press, 1978.
Cartland, Barbara. Jig-Saw. Duckworth, 1925.
Cartland, Barbara. Josephine, Empress of France. Hutchinson, 1961.
Cartland, Barbara. Polly - My Wonderful Mother. Herbert Jenkins, 1956.
Cartland, Barbara. The Isthmus Years. Hutchinson, 1943.
Cartland, Barbara. The Poor Governess. Jove, 1982.
Cartland, Barbara. The Years of Opportunity, 1939-1945. Hutchinson, 1948.
Cartland, Barbara. We Danced All Night. Hutchinson, 1970.