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Elizabeth von Arnim (1866–1941)

Autor(a) de The Enchanted April

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About the Author

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


Obras por Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted April (1922) 2,807 exemplares
Elizabeth and her German Garden (1898) 1,097 exemplares
Vera (1921) 357 exemplares
The Solitary Summer (1899) 349 exemplares
Mr. Skeffington (1940) 249 exemplares
Love (1925) 244 exemplares
The Caravaners (1909) 225 exemplares
Christopher and Columbus (1919) 203 exemplares
The Pastor's Wife (1914) 201 exemplares
All the Dogs of My Life (1936) 128 exemplares
Father (1931) 117 exemplares
The Benefactress (1901) 89 exemplares
In the Mountains (1920) 79 exemplares
Expiation (1929) 72 exemplares
The Jasmine Farm (1934) 67 exemplares
Christine (1917) 65 exemplares
Introduction to Sally (1926) 52 exemplares
Der Garten der Kindheit (1995) 11 exemplares
The April Baby's Book of Tunes (1900) 9 exemplares
Weihnachten (insel taschenbuch) (2000) 5 exemplares
Bodsgang (2021) 2 exemplares
Un été en montagne: ROMAN (2024) 1 exemplar
A Devotee 1 exemplar
Tage des Glücks 1 exemplar
En sommer alene 1 exemplar
Dianna Tempest 1 exemplar
Prisoners 1 exemplar
The Danvers Jewels 1 exemplar
The Lowest Rung 1 exemplar
1993 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Enchanted April [1991 film] (1991) — Original book — 84 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
The Enchanted April [adaptation] (1992) — original story author — 24 exemplares
Women on Nature (2021) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Ordeal of Elizabeth (1901) — Attributed to, algumas edições8 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Arnim, Elizabeth von
Nome legal
Beauchamp, Mary Annette (birth)
Outros nomes
"Elizabeth" (pen name)
Cholmondeley, Alice (pseudonym)
Countess von Arnim-Schlagenthin
Elizabeth Russell, Countess Russell
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
St Margaret's Church, Tylers Green, Penn, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Local de nascimento
Kirribilli Point, New South Wales, Australia
Local de falecimento
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
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) (mostrar todos 8)
Earl Russell (2nd husband)
von Arnim-Schlagenthin, Henning August (1st husband)

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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.
Nota de desambiguação
Also wrote under the name of Alice Cholmondeley, and in first publications only under her pen-name "Elizabeth"



April Read: Elizabeth von Arnim em Virago Modern Classics (Maio 2017)
Elizabeth von Arnim em Tattered but still lovely (Outubro 2014)
GROUP READ: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim em 2013 Category Challenge (Abril 2013)


Such a lovely book. I am a fan of Elizabeth, and this is the second time I've read "April." I'm a fair deal older than the first time I read it, so I saw the story with a different perspective this time. I enjoyed the passages describing the house and the garden and the scenery as much, if not more, as the development of the characters. My cynical self gave an eye roll as each person's story reached a happy ending, but my I-want-to-believe self rolled with the punches, choosing to believe that a beautiful place can make one's life more beautiful.… (mais)
ReadMeAnother | Apr 17, 2024 |
This one grabbed me on the very first day with its beauty and clever turns of phrasing. The characters each existed very separately from all the others, and their journey towards the conclusion makes almost perfect sense. What a wonderful book to keep company with for a few days!
soylentgreen23 | 122 outras críticas | Mar 5, 2024 |
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.
… (mais)
2 vote
kjuliff | 54 outras críticas | 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.
… (mais)
kjuliff | 9 outras críticas | Feb 7, 2024 |



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