Dorothy Bussy

Standard Name: Bussy, Dorothy
Birth Name: Dorothy Strachey
Married Name: Dorothy Bussy
Pseudonym: Olivia
Used Form: Madame Simon Bussy
As a writer DB is best known for Olivia, her immensely successful, anonymous or rather pseudonymous, autobiographical novel, published in 1949, about a young girl's development at a French boarding school in the later nineteenth century. She was also a translator, who spent many years rendering André Gide 's writings into English, a journalist, and an art critic.


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Family and Intimate relationships Anne Grant
AG was distantly related to the diarist and memoirist Elizabeth Grant , and thus to the forebears of twentieth-century writers Julia Strachey , Lytton Strachey , Dorothy Bussy , and Amabel Williams-Ellis .
Family and Intimate relationships Julia Strachey
JS 's paternal relatives, the Stracheys, formed an eccentric but highly accomplished family. Among numerous aunts and uncles prominent in JS's life was Dorothy Strachey Bussy , author of Olivia (1949), an erotic, autobiographical, girls'-school...
Family and Intimate relationships Amabel Williams-Ellis
Amabel Strachey had a long roster of talented, accomplished relations by birth and marriage. Within her own generation her cousins or cousins by marriage included the writers Lytton Strachey , Ray Strachey , and Dorothy Bussy
Friends, Associates Hope Mirrlees
While living in Paris, Mirrlees and Harrison entertained visitors who included HM 's mother (widowed in 1924), and Virginia and Leonard Woolf .
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press.
The two women were acquainted with Edith Wharton , Dorothy (Strachey)
Friends, Associates André Gide
As well as his close acquaintance with members of the French avant-garde, AG was a friend of the British writers Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Bussy .
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Agnes Hamilton
Her title makes multiple allusion to disparate other texts. Its first four words are quoted from a poem of aspiration by Christina Rossetti ; the rest of it alludes to E. M. Forster 's semi-disillusioned...
Leisure and Society Jane Ellen Harrison
During the summers of 1923 and 1924, Harrison became involved in annual sessions of intellectuals organized by Paul Desjardins at Pontigny in Yonne, in which participants meditated on and discussed a particular theoretical topic...
Material Conditions of Writing Julia Strachey
JS wrote the novel while staying with her aunt Dorothy Bussy 's family at Roquebrune in France, informally separated from her first husband, Stephen Tomlin .
Strachey, Julia, and Frances Partridge. Julia: A Portrait of Julia Strachey. Little, Brown.
113, 116
After finishing her manuscript, she sent...
Publishing André Gide
Strait is the Gate, an English translation of AG 's La porte étroite by Dorothy Bussy , was published by Jarrolds in London and Knopf in New York.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
1194 (4 December 1924): 820
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Publishing André Gide
AG 's novel Les caves du Vatican was translated into English by Dorothy Bussy and published in New York as The Vatican Swindle.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
Publishing André Gide
Dorothy Bussy translated another novel by AG , Les faux-monnayeurs, published as The Counterfeiters.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Publishing André Gide
Dorothy Bussy 's English translation of AG 's L'immoraliste (Paris, 1902) was published by Knopf in New York as The Immoralist.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
Textual Features E. M. Forster
This is on the whole a conservative work. Forster supports H. G. Wells against Henry James in their argument over the question in fiction of pattern versus representation of experience. Although he calls for innovation...


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Clapp, Susannah, and Dorothy Bussy. “Afterword”. Olivia, Virago, 1987, pp. 111-14.
Bussy, Dorothy. Fifty Nursery Rhymes. Gallimard, 1950.
Gide, André. If It Die. Translator Bussy, Dorothy, Random House, 1935.
Lambert, Jean et al. “Introduction”. Selected Letters of André Gide and Dorothy Bussy, edited by Richard Tedeschi and Richard Tedeschi, Oxford University Press, 1983, p. vii - xxiii.
Bussy, Dorothy. Olivia. Hogarth Press, 1949.
Bussy, Dorothy. Olivia. Virago, 1987.
Gide, André et al. Selected Letters of André Gide and Dorothy Bussy. Editor Tedeschi, Richard, Oxford University Press, 1983.
Gide, André. Strait is the Gate. Translator Bussy, Dorothy, Jarrolds, 1924.
Gide, André. The Counterfeiters. Translator Bussy, Dorothy, Knopf, 1927.
Gide, André. The Immoralist. Translator Bussy, Dorothy, Knopf, 1930.
Gide, André. The School for Wives. Translator Bussy, Dorothy, Knopf, 1929.
Gide, André. The Vatican Swindle. Translator Bussy, Dorothy, Knopf, 1925.
Bréal, Auguste. Velasquez. Translator Bussy, Dorothy, Duckworth, 1904.