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Joyce Dennys (1893–1991)

Autor(a) de Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front, 1939-1942

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Inclui os nomes: Joyce Dennis, Joyce Dennys 


Obras por Joyce Dennys

Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front, 1939-1942 (1985) 347 exemplares, 21 críticas
And Then There Was One (1983) 13 exemplares
Economy must be our watchword (1932) 4 exemplares
Repeated doses (1931) 3 exemplares
The Over-Dose 1 exemplar
Our Hospital ABC 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Bushland Stories (1910) — Ilustrador — 16 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Dennys, Joyce
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Simla, India
Locais de residência
India (birth)
New South Wales, Australia
Devon, England, UK
Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England, UK
Exeter Art School
Voluntary Aid Detachment

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Joyce Dennys was born in India to a military family during the British Raj. When her father retired, they went "home" to Devon in England. As a young woman, she enrolled at Exeter Art School and also studied art in London. During World War I, she served as a VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) nurse. In 1915, she was commissioned to illustrate the book Our Hospital ABC with verses by Hampden Gordon and M.C. Tindall, published the following year. She also produced recruitment posters for the British War Office. In 1919, she married Tom Evans, a physician, and moved with him to New South Wales, Australia. Her drawings were exhibited in many galleries there. In 1922, the family moved back to England, settling in Budleigh Salterton. She took part in the town's amateur theatricals as an actress and playwright and continued to produce illustrations for magazines such as Punch and Sketch. At the beginning of World War II, she created the character of "Henrietta" for an article for Sketch, which took the form of a humorous letter from Henrietta to a friend serving in the army. It was such a success that she was asked to continue to write letters as a regular feature in Sketch for several years. The articles were later collected in the book Henrietta's War (1985), and a followup volume was called Henrietta Sees It Through (1986).



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Joyce Dennys submitted articles to the magazine Sketch during WW2, which were eventually published in two volumes. This is the second, which sees Henrietta through to VE Day. They take the form of letters to a childhood friend who is fighting at the front. Henrietta is a delightful correspondent who provides a humourous take on her day-to-day world with all the hardships and opinions of the time. A light read, but very entertaining. The illustrations, also done by Dennys, are delightful. Thanks to Bloomsbury for re-printing some of these old titles.… (mais)
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VivienneR | 31 outras críticas | Sep 29, 2022 |
I've done a reread of [Henrietta's War: News From the Home Front 1939-1942]. This is a novel composed of a series of short articles published in Sketch magazine during the war. They are done as letters sent from Henrietta to a childhood friend who is in the Army. He had wanted her to keep him informed about life in their "safe"village during the war. The letters were originally meant to entertain and they still do.
clue | 20 outras críticas | Sep 13, 2022 |
This second installment of Henrietta Brown's affectionate letters to her "Childhood's Friend" during WWII was just as good as the first, Henrietta's War. It's odd to find fictional letters from the British home front to a soldier stationed who-knows-where during WWII soothing, but that's just what this book is---balm for the soul. Henrietta; her calm and stable husband, Charles; their friends Lady B, the Admiral, the Conductor and Faith all epitomize the British spirit of "Keep calm and carry on" in the face of rationing, Fuel Target notices, gin shortages, anxiety over the safety of loved ones in service, air raids, mice, bindweed and the exasperating Mrs. Savernack. As did its predecessor, Henrietta Sees it Through makes the reader feel that it is possible to cope with nearly anything as long as one keeps the chin up and remembers to appreciate what simple pleasures remain available. Review written in 2012.… (mais)
laytonwoman3rd | 31 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2022 |
I suppose some will find fault, saying that this takes a light-hearted approach to an awful time (WWII). I found myself looking forward to reading one to five newsy, charming letters from Henrietta every day as I made my way through the book. Because it's getting colder here as winter nears, I especially liked this passage: Feeling as cold as I do, the approach of January, February and March used to fill me with dread; and soon after Christmas, when the east wind began to blow, I would get what Charles calls my "sick monkey look." I also liked this: Being good at games takes all the fun out of them.… (mais)
ReadMeAnother | 31 outras críticas | Nov 29, 2021 |


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