Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Tweedsmuir, Susan
Birth Name: Susan Charlotte Grosvenor
Married Name: Susan Charlotte Buchan
Titled: Susan Charlotte Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir
, still Susan Buchan and married to a more famous author, John Buchan
, began publishing in collaboration with him. From their joint novel, published just after the First World War, she continued on her own to biography, books for children, and plays, then to a novel of her own. As a widow she authored a travel book, edited unpublished work by her husband, returned to novel-writing, and found her niche (since much of her work is dominated by recovery of the past) with three volumes of slight and apparently haphazard (but charming) memoirs that took the form of retrospective essays.
loved Oxford (where she and her husband spent ten years) and became a social success there. She met and became friends with John
and Susan Buchan
, and it was through them that she...
By the time AU
's mentor, Professor Alexander,
died (deeply upset about Hitler's rule in Germany), she had met another father-figure and important friend, the poet Walter de la Mare
. She also developed friendships...
was a friend of critic Adrian Bury
and was close to Welsh writer and critic Caradoc Evans
, who met her in London and in whom she confided her hopes and fears.
According to Percy Lubbock
and her sisters entertained often and were charming and successful hostesses. Mary was nevertheless said to be a shy and modest woman who, while she found writing tedious, enjoyed...
Marie Belloc Lowndes
feared her brother
would dislike this book because of his unworldliness, his unawareness of his own fame, and his remoteness from contemporary reality. With the public, however, it was an immediate success, and sold...
Elizabeth von Arnim
Though Fräulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther was not an especial favourite of reviewers, the Evening News credited it with an insight into life which makes the author one of the finest, if not the finest...
much admired The Demon in the House when she first read it, and sent AT
a copy of her recent children's book, Arabella, in return.
Strickland, Margot. Angela Thirkell: Portrait of a Lady Novelist. Duckworth, 1977.
later recommended A Waif's Progress as having an irony and outspokenness absent fromRB
's other books, and felt it must have shocked and surprised her public.
Tweedsmuir, Susan. The Edwardian Lady. G. Duckworth, 1966.
later wrote that Gone to Earth had opened a new door to me,
Tweedsmuir, Susan. A Winter Bouquet. G. Duckworth, 1954.
while her husband, John Buchan
, wrote of one passage: If this is not magic I do not know...
Reviews were excellent. Susan Tweedsmuir
later recorded that it took her the shortest possible time to fall under the spell of Somerville and Ross, and that she remained entranced by their edged style and explosive...
was not only hard-working but also had a genius for editorial work.
Pilditch, Jan. Catherine Carswell. A Biography. John Donald, 2007.
Red Pottage was highly controversial when it was published, and its negative depiction of the clergy was denounced from pulpits (though Queen Victoria
was rumoured to have read and enjoyed it). One church periodical went...