The Life Of A Provincial Lady: A Study Of E. M. Delafield And Her Works

  • Title: The Life Of A Provincial Lady: A Study Of E. M. Delafield And Her Works
  • Author: Violet Powell
  • ISBN: 9780434599585
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About Violet Powell


    1. Lady Violet Powell, born Violet Georgiana Pakenham, third daughter of Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford and Lady Mary Julia Child Villiers daughter of Victor Child Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey , was a writer and critic.


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    1. DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY. (1930). E. M. Delafield. ****.While browsing in a book store in Fredericksburg, VA, I came across this book whose title I didn’t know, by an author I had never heard of – so I bought it. It was a delightful read, written by a British female author whose real name was E. M. De la Pasture (get it?), and one who had already written many novels before this one. This novel, as it turned out, was an immediate best seller, and has been continuously in print since its fir [...]

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    2. The only time the prose in this biography comes to life is when in an early chapter Delafield herself describes her time as a novice nun, and when the author reaches the Provincial Lady era, when you can hear an echo of Delafield’s voice in the background. Otherwise the writing is pedestrian and the analysis of Delafield’s work is superficial. It was interesting to fill in a few details of Delafield’s life, but I would like to read a more insightful review of Delafield’s life than this o [...]

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    3. Provides the back story to the Provincial Lady's diaries. Also gives descriptions of many of her novels. Most seem to involve controlling females (usually a mother), shallow men and fretful heroines. Am intrigued by Thank Heavens Fasting, though. Interesting re: her death. First, an adoring dog curls up on her bed every day, until the day before she dies--when the dog goes out into the garden and dies. Second, on the day of her death a robin comes in through the window and perches on her bed. A [...]

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    4. One of my favorite authors. Her humor is dry, her observation is cool, her self-assessment is critical. A wryly funny book. About a particular time (early 1930s) and place (Devon, England). It is also an historical record of England and English people of that time. The author has a penetrating and humorous voice.

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    5. Unfortunately, there's neither enough biographical detail nor enough literary criticism here to be truly satisfying. The highlight was "The Brides of Heaven", Delafield's own account of her time as a postulant in a convent, which was worth buying the book for.

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    6. Underwhelmed. Delafield =/= her literary persona as the Provincial Lady.

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