Freya Stark

Standard Name: Stark, Freya
Birth Name: Freya Madeline Stark
Pseudonym: Tharaya
Styled: Mrs Freya Stark
Married Name: Freya Madeline Perowne
Titled: Dame Freya Stark
Famous as a twentieth-century explorer and traveller, FS was also a prominent travel-writer, essayist, autobiographer, letter-writer, geographic historian, photo journalist, and cartographer. Reprints of Stark's texts, along with recent biographies by Molly Izzard (1993) and Jane Fletcher Geniesse (1999), and other critical works, have contributed to the lasting interest in her career.
Photograph of a head-and-shoulders painting of Freya Stark by Herbert Arnould Olivier, 1923. She sits in front of a wooden cabinet, with many drawers and an inset mirror, her arm resting on its shelf. She is wearing a simple black tunic over a sheer white blouse, and she has jaw-length brown hair tied with a black ribbon. National Portrait Gallery.
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Intertextuality and Influence E. M. Hull
The years after World War One saw a rise in foreign travel-books by such women adventurers as Gertrude Bell , Freya Stark , Joan Rosita Forbes , and Lady Dorothy Mills . EMH 's desert...
Intertextuality and Influence Jan Morris
In a review of two travel books about Arab countries by women (Barbara Toy and Dr Claudie Fayein ) JM uses a flagrantly and fascinatingly gendered approach, professing patronizing affection for the naive and...
Literary responses Mildred Cable
In its first four years, the book went through nine editions.
Warner, Marina, Mildred Cable, and Francesca French. “Introduction”. The Gobi Desert, Beacon Press, 1987, p. xi - xxi.
The New York Times called it a fascinating record. . . . It is, besides, though the writer says little of herself, the...
Textual Features Viola Meynell
Correspondents represented in the volume include Freya Stark , as well as Bernard Shaw , Siegfried Sassoon , and Walter de la Mare . This volume was adapted for television by the BBC in 1988, without crediting VM .
MacKenzie, Raymond N. A Critical Biography of English Novelist Viola Meynell, 1885-1956. Edwin Mellen, 2002.
Textual Features Dorothy Wellesley
The title reflects a dominant metaphor in the narrative. DW identifies strongly here with her own sex, particularly with such travellers as Freya Stark , Gertrude Bell , or Ella Maillart : in her Epilogue...
Textual Production Betty Miller
Six months before publication she visited Freya Stark to see the Browning house at Asolo.
Miller, Sarah, and Betty Miller. “Introduction”. On the Side of the Angels, Virago, 1985, p. vii - xviii.
The book appeared as a Penguin paperback in 1958.
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John Murray (publishers of Isabella Bird and later Freya Stark ) took over Smith, Elder (publishers of Charlotte Brontë , Charlotte Chanter , and Queen Victoria ).