Enid Bagnold

Standard Name: Bagnold, Enid
Birth Name: Enid Algerine Bagnold
Pseudonym: A Lady of Quality
Married Name: Enid Algerine Jones
Titled: Enid Algerine, Lady Jones
EB experienced both dazzling successes and spectacular flops in the course of her writing career, which spanned much of the twentieth century. Her best-known works are National Velvet (1935), popularized as a novel for children though it was meant for adults, and The Chalk Garden, a long-running play first performed in 1955. In addition to novels and plays, EB wrote a World War One memoir, two volumes of poetry, a children's book, an autobiography, and several articles (one of them notorious). Her works are often set in an upper-class milieu and make use of deliberately stilted language, eccentric characters, and absurd situations. While feminists must enjoy her unconventional female characters, especially older women and teenagers, her treatment of racial issues and homosexuality has caused offence.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Family and Intimate relationships Vera Brittain
VB named her daughter after Charlotte Brontë 's character. The child Shirley Catlin was already a Roman Catholic , a role she later combined with that of social democrat. She came second to Elizabeth Taylor
Friends, Associates Lady Cynthia Asquith
Cynthia was also a friend of Viola Meynell and of Enid Bagnold , whose Sussex homes were close to that of the Asquiths during the Second World War. Thirkell, as well as Lawrence, Bagnold, and...
Literary responses Vita Sackville-West
Critical response was disappointingly muted. Woolf particularly liked the poem addressed to Enid Bagnold , which includes the self-description, I, God's truth, a damned out-moded poet.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Editors Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne Trautmann, Hogarth Press.
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Glendinning, Victoria. Vita. Penguin.
Literary responses Angela Thirkell
The book was reviewed for The Observer by Enid Bagnold , who was then living in the Rottingdean house. The Times review called it a very interesting little book . . . very well and...
Textual Production Margery Lawrence
ML 's ghost stories have been frequently anthologised. They appear in, for instance, Fifty Strangest Stories Ever Told (1937), The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century (1987), and Vampire Stories (1993).
Clute, John, and John Grant, editors. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. St Martin’s Press.
under Lawrence, Margery
Textual Production Michelene Wandor
MW has specialized in adapting and abridging novels for radio. Between 1980 and 2004 she adapted a wide array of fiction by women writers, including works by Jane Austen , Charlotte Brontë , George Eliot


1934: Patricia Lynch published The Turf-Cutter's...

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Patricia Lynch published The Turf-Cutter's Donkey: one of a new wave of characterful books for children which also included P. L. Travers , Enid Bagnold , Noel Streatfeild , and Eve Garnett .


Bagnold, Enid. A Diary Without Dates. W. Heinemann, 1918.
Bagnold, Enid. A Matter of Gravity. Heinemann, 1978.
Bagnold, Enid. Alice and Thomas and Jane. W. Heinemann, 1930.
Bagnold, Enid. “Call Me Jacky”. Four Plays, Heinemann, 1970, pp. 256-3.
Bagnold, Enid. Enid Bagnold’s Autobiography (from 1889). Heinemann, 1969.
Calder-Marshall, Arthur, and Enid Bagnold. “Foreword”. The Girl’s Journey, Heinemann, 1954, p. vii - xi.
Bagnold, Enid. Four Plays. Little, Brown, 1971.
Bagnold, Enid. “In Germany Today—Hitler’s New Form of Democracy”. Sunday Times.
Bagnold, Enid, and Laurian Jones. National Velvet. W. Heinemann, 1935.
Bagnold, Enid. Poems. Whittington Press and W. Heinemann, 1978.
Bagnold, Enid. Serena Blandish. W. Heinemann, 1924.
Bagnold, Enid. The Chalk Garden. Heinemann, 1956.
Bagnold, Enid. The Chinese Prime Minister. Samuel French, 1964.
Bagnold, Enid. The Happy Foreigner. William Heinemann, 1920.
Bagnold, Enid. “The Last Joke”. Four Plays, Heinemann, 1970, pp. 85-164.
Bagnold, Enid. The Loved and Envied. Heinemann, 1951.
Bagnold, Enid. The Squire. W. Heinemann, 1938.
Bagnold, Enid. Theatre. Doubleday, 1951.