Standard Name: Leverson, Ada
Birth Name: Ada Esther Beddington
Married Name: Ada Esther Leverson
Pseudonym: A Sensible Pessimist
has been best remembered for her association with . But her six novels have never disappeared from public view or critical appreciation, and today interest has also developed in her journalism: stories, essays, dialogues, parodies, and memoirs—which embody (as do her novels) a good deal of covert literary and cultural criticism. Her shorter writings buzz with intertextuality, analysing and parodying the literary, intellectual, and artistic fashions of the day. Her novels present an ironic, amused, but ultimately bleak view of domestic life among the urban leisured class. Men make marriage choices for gain rather than for feeling, and intelligent women opt, for reasons of convenience, to make the best of unsatisfactory marriages.
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Leverson, Ada. Bird of Paradise. G. Richards, 1914.
Leverson, Ada. Love at Second Sight. G. Richards, 1916.
Leverson, Ada. Love’s Shadow. G. Richards, 1908.
Leverson, Ada, and Oscar Wilde. “Reminiscences of the Author”. Letters to the Sphinx from Oscar Wilde, Duckworth, 1930, pp. 19-49.
Leverson, Ada. Tenterhooks. G. Richards, 1912.
Leverson, Ada. The Limit. G. Richards, 1911.
Leverson, Ada, and Colin MacInnes. The Little Ottleys. MacGibbon and Kee, 1962.
Leverson, Ada, and Frank Haviland. The Twelfth Hour. G. Richards, 1907.