Ella D'Arcy

Standard Name: D'Arcy, Ella
Birth Name: Constance Eleanor Mary Byrne D'Arcy
Self-constructed Name: Ella
Pseudonym: Gilbert H. Page
EDA was chiefly a short-story writer, known for her acerbic depictions of personal pain caused by the institution of marriage. Unlike other New Woman writers she shows no bias towards her own sex: her victims are as often male as female, her tormentors as often female as male. Her feminism can be seen in her emphasis on the restriction and frustration of women's lives. Her output was small, but includes one short novel and the translation from French of Ariel, a romanticized biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley . This highly uncharacteristic work is her most famous, but her part in it is seldom mentioned.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Mew
CM met writer Ella D'Arcy , assistant editor of The Yellow Book.
Fitzgerald, Penelope. Charlotte Mew and Her Friends. Collins, p. 240 pp.
63-4, 71, 86
Warner, Val. “New Light on Charlotte Mew”. PN Review, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 43-7.
Friends, Associates Constance Smedley
In Birmingham CS had become friendly with Coulson Kernahan , through whom she also met Flora Klickmann . Edgar Pemberton brought her acquainted with theatrical figures she deeply admired: Sir Charles Wyndham , and Mary Moore
Friends, Associates Evelyn Sharp
ES wrote later that at no time in her life did she make intimate friends easily. Most people she had to do with she liked up to a certain point only, but she could count...
Intertextuality and Influence George Egerton
Pleased with the book's success, Lane introduced a fiction series named after it: Keynotes.
Stetz, Margaret. “Keynotes: A New Woman, Her Publisher, and Her Material”. Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 89-107.
The series included Grant Allen 's The Woman Who Did and The British Barbarians: A Hill-Top Novel (both 1895),...
Textual Production Evelyn Sharp
Lane accepted the novel in November 1894 for his series called after George Egerton 's Keynotes.
John, Angela V. Evelyn Sharp: Rebel Woman, 1869–1955. Manchester University Press.
It appeared on the recommendation of Lane's readers John Davidson and Richard Le Gallienne , with Aubrey Beardsley


30 July 1935: Penguin Books issued its first ten titles:...

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30 July 1935

Penguin Books issued its first ten titles: sixpenny paperbacks with a characteristic penguin logo.


Maurois, François. Ariel. Translator D’Arcy, Ella, The Bodley Head, 1924.
D’Arcy, Ella. “Irremediable”. The Yellow Book, No. 1.
D’Arcy, Ella. Modern Instances. The Bodley Head, 1898.
D’Arcy, Ella. Monochromes. The Bodley Head, 1895.
D’Arcy, Ella. The Bishop’s Dilemma. The Bodley Head, 1898.