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Elizabeth von Arnim (1866–1941)

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(eng) Also wrote under the name of Alice Cholmondeley, and in first publications only under her pen-name "Elizabeth"


Værker af Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted April (1922) 2,768 eksemplarer
Elizabeth and her German Garden (1898) 1,081 eksemplarer
The Solitary Summer (1899) 348 eksemplarer
Vera (1921) 348 eksemplarer
Mr Skeffington (1940) 248 eksemplarer
Love (1925) 243 eksemplarer
The Caravaners (1909) 221 eksemplarer
Christopher and Columbus (1919) 203 eksemplarer
The Pastor's Wife (1914) 198 eksemplarer
Fräulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther (1907) 158 eksemplarer
All the Dogs of My Life (1936) 126 eksemplarer
Father (1931) 117 eksemplarer
The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight (1905) 96 eksemplarer
The Benefactress (1901) 88 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Enchanted April [1991 film] (1991) — Original book — 81 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
The Enchanted April [adaptation] (1992) — original story author — 24 eksemplarer
Women on Nature (2021) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
The Ordeal of Elizabeth (1901) — Attributed to, nogle udgaver8 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Arnim, Elizabeth von
Juridisk navn
Beauchamp, Mary Annette (birth)
Andre navne
"Elizabeth" (pen name)
Cholmondeley, Alice (pseudonym)
Countess von Arnim-Schlagenthin
Elizabeth Russell, Countess Russell
St Margaret's Church, Tylers Green, Penn, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Kirribilli Point, New South Wales, Australia
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Valais, Switzerland
London, England, UK
Berlin, Germany
Nassenheide, Pomerania, Germany
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Royal College of Music
Mansfield, Katherine (cousin)
Russell, Bertrand (brother-in-law)
Wells, H. G. (lover)
de Charms, Leslie (daughter)
Walpole, Hugh (friend)
Forster, E. M. (friend) (vis alle 8)
Earl Russell (2nd husband)
von Arnim-Schlagenthin, Henning August (1st husband)
Kort biografi
Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia. Married first to Count Henning August von Arnim-Schlagenthin, then to Francis, 2nd Earl Russell. Australia was the setting of the family's vacation home, and when she was three years old, they returned to England. After her first husband's death in 1910, she lived in Switzerland, England, and the USA, and entertained a large circle of literary and society friends. She produced some 20 novels, semi-autobiographical works, and memoirs, beginning with Elizabeth and her German Garden (1898), and including The Enchanted April (1922), which was adapted as a Broadway play in 1925; a successful film in 1992; a Tony Award-nominated stage play in 2003; a musical play in 2010; and a serial on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.
Oplysning om flertydighed
Also wrote under the name of Alice Cholmondeley, and in first publications only under her pen-name "Elizabeth"



April Read: Elizabeth von Arnim i Virago Modern Classics (maj 2017)
Elizabeth von Arnim i Tattered but still lovely (oktober 2014)
GROUP READ: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim i 2013 Category Challenge (april 2013)


The Man of Wrath

This is the third and earliest of von Arnim’s books in my collection, and it like the others was a joy to read.

Unlike Vera which is also semi-autobiographical, this book tells of the happier marriage to a wealthy German who Elizabeth facetiously refers to as “The Man of Wrath”. Count Henning August von Arnim-Schlagenthin is portrayed as an old-fashioned boring Teuton, best ignored. And Elizabeth does her best to ignore him. She has her own way, by politely acting as if she does not even hear what he had to say, and spends her life planning and enjoying her garden in an old Pomeranian Manson.

Elizabeth and Henning have three children who are four, five and six in the book. Elizabeth calls them “babies” and refers to them by the names of the months they were born in.

Thus we have April Baby, May Baby and June Baby, Elizabeth talks about the babies in the same way as she talks about her flowers, flowers that take on childlike qualities. Bluebells peep cheekily through the snow. Petunias raise their quaint little heads in the morning.

A gardener plants the flowers. A governess looks after April Baby, May Baby and June Baby.

Elizabeth lives a life of privilege. She can do as she pleases, weather permitting. She’s a charming and witty young woman, who doesn’t tolerate fools gladly. And except for one close friend fools include her husband and most of the people she knows or whose paths cross hers.

The peasant are ignorant, less than animals and oh so annoying when they return to Russia in winter to see their families

Similar to Jane Austen’s Emma Elizabeth goes through life without a real care in the world. Unlike Emma though, Elizabeth is never sorry. Elizabeth has to be taken as one finds her. Any delving into the background of the social class structure of the time will be horrified to read of her referring to laborers as “menials”. I suggest the social squeamish stay away. An LT member reviewing the book exclaimed, “What a crock of über-privileged shit!”
As for me I found I could suspend my politics and I loved both - Elizabeth and her German Garden.
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kjuliff | 54 andre anmeldelser | Feb 11, 2024 |
Rebecca à la française

Reading Vera was I in “The Willows” or “ Manderley”? Hard to say at times. But no, I was in The Willows, firmly entrencehed. But minus the sinister Danvers at the window with Manderley burning around her. Another woman stood at a window at The Willows. The first wife, Vera, who died not by fired but by falling through the open window to her death.

Liked Rebecca, Vera’s likeness hangs on a wall in The Willows, staring at Everard‘s new wife Lucy. And like Rebecca, Vera does not appear in Von Arnie’s Vera.

But let’s step back. It’s the 1920s, and Everard, a boring man whose platitude-based morality borders on Trumpism captured the heart of ingebue Lucy who is less than half his age. She’s a pretty girl, but none too bright. He is the first man whose sentences she actually understands. She has been used to her father’s intellectual friends, old lefties who discussed politics endlessly, in nuanced terms. Her father has recently died when Lucy meets Everard, a man who speaks in simple terms, a man who thinks there is one side to every question. Her fate is sealed.

Everard tals to Lucy in baby talk, telling her not to worry her pretty little head about his decisions. She’s in heaven, oblivious to her only living relative Aunt Dot’s gentle warnings. Her late father’s friends gradually disappear from her life, like liberals turning off the TV when Trump rambles on. They marry.

Once Everard has caught the fly in his boring Willows’ web the domestic abuse starts. Lucy is locked out in the freezing rain for hours and has to apologize repeatedly until Everard can fully relish her submission. He opposes every thing she desires. She is a virtual prisoner in his house. She obeys his every command. Nothing is good enough for her new husband who is a simple-minded bully. Lucy is isolated from the world. Vera looks at her as she sits at the table to eat. Vera’s eyes follow her and there is a twisted smile on Vera’s mouth.

She falls ill and her aunt Dot tries to help her but is unceremoniously forced to leave The Willows and forbidden to see Lucy again, ever.

We never find out about Vera’s death. Possibly it was suicide. But could Lucy last as long as Vera who had stayed married to Everand for 15 years, the exiled Dot muses.

Apart from Robby Doyle’s The Woman who Walked into Doors, I can’t remember reading a book about domestic violence. And although Vera’s Lucy suffers emotional rather than bodily violence, it is just as harrowing to read about it in Vera.

Lucy and Everard are not similar to Maxim and the second Mrs de Winter except for the age difference. But there are so many “pre-shadows” of Rebecca in this earlier novel that it is, like Everard, creepy.

Still intrigued by von Arrnim my reading of Vera has thrown some light on her life. Is the novel semi-autobiographical? I have read that Vera is based on her disastrous second marriage, to Frank Russell.

I need to find out more. I am on a quest.
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kjuliff | 9 andre anmeldelser | Feb 7, 2024 |
A Case of Stendhal’s Syndrome?

Set in the 1920s , The Enchanted April is a story of four English women’s vacation in a castle on the Italian Riviera and the effect the beauty of the castle, the vistas, and more especially its gardens have on them.

One of the women, a Mrs Wilkins is clearly overwhelmed by the beauty of the place and has a spiritual transformation, similar to that of George Harrison when he “found himself” in India in the mid sixties.

So sure is Ms Wilkins that all you need is love, that she telegrams her husband who she previously feared and felt was cold, asking him to join her. Surely he too would feel the love. Mrs Wilkins’ bliss is contagious, so much so that she persuades her friend Mrs Arbuthnot to do the same.

The other members of the group, Lady Caroline Dester and Mrs Fisher who are both “spinsters”, appear less affected, though Lady Caroline becomes more self-aware. She is more able to come to terms with her own beauty, which has so far been a hindrance in her young life. Mrs Fisher, who is considered ancient at 65 and who is still stuck in the Victorian era remains somewhat immune, though she occasionally has feelings she can’t quite work out.

As for the two husbands, von Arnim has little time for the men. Mr Wilkins becomes warmer toward his wife as his feelings for the female sex are rekindled by the beauty of Lady Caroline if not the garden. And Mr Arbuthnott sees that Mrs Arbuthnott has a sex appeal that he has been unaware of for many a year.

Which leave the main character in the book, the garden. As an avid gardner myself, I delighted in the long paragraphs describing in exquisite detail, the different flowers and shrubs, and their placement around the castle, and in some cases around the individual women when they act as shields allowing the individual women to revel in their solitudes.

The writing is crisp and humorous. The class distinctions separate Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester from the Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, the former clearly seeing the other women as “below them”. But what the women have in common is that they are not men.

The men in the novel appear as necessary appendages. Accessories. Accessories that are generally found wanting.

I came saw from the book intrigued by the author. I wanted to find out more, and did.

I’m glad that I discovered von Arnim. I thoroughly enjoyed The Enchanted April and rated it a deserving 4.
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kjuliff | 122 andre anmeldelser | Feb 4, 2024 |
A lovely book - not a how-to-garden book, but rather a feel-the-garden book. Von Arnim writes about her garden, her gardeners, her husband and children, and life. One of those books that makes me want to be a gardener, though I know I'd never persevere in the face of nibbling animals and constant weeding. So instead, I'll read books about gardens and admire other people's gardens.
"The people round about are persuaded that I am ... exceedingly eccentric for the news has traveled that I spend the day out of doors with a book, and that no mortal eye has ever yet seen me sew or cook."
"The giant poppies I had planted ... in April have either died off or remained quite small. ... Those borders are going to be sown tomorrow with more poppies for next year; for poppies I will have whether they like it or not."
"I love tulips more than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace."
"Happiness ... invigorates and warms me into piety far more effectually than any trials and griefs, and an unexpected pleasure is the surest means of bringing me to my knees."
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ReadMeAnother | 54 andre anmeldelser | Jan 18, 2024 |



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