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Rachel Ferguson (1892–1957)

Autor(a) de The Brontes Went to Woolworths

20+ Works 792 Membros 59 Críticas 3 Favorited

About the Author

Inclui os nomes: Ra Ferguson, Rachel Ferguson

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Obras por Rachel Ferguson

The Brontes Went to Woolworths (1931) 494 exemplares
Alas, Poor Lady (1937) 110 exemplares
A Harp in Lowndes Square (1936) 47 exemplares
Evenfield (1942) 41 exemplares
A Footman for the Peacock (1940) 40 exemplares
We Were Amused - Memoirs (1958) 10 exemplares
Royal Borough (1950) 7 exemplares
The Stag at Bay (1932) 7 exemplares
Nymphs and Satires 4 exemplares
Sea Front (1954) 4 exemplares
False goddesses (1923) 3 exemplares
A Stroll Before Sunset (1946) 3 exemplares

Associated Works

The Virago Book of Christmas (2002) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Ferguson, Rachel Ethelreda
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Hampton Wick, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Kensington, London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Florence, Italy
Kensington, London, England, UK
London, England, UK
Academy of Dramatic Art
privately educated
finishing school
dance teacher
playwright (mostrar todos 7)
drama critic
Women's Social and Political Union

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From Bloomsbury Publishing: Rachel Ferguson was educated privately, before being sent to finishing school in Italy. She flaunted her traditional upbringing to become a vigorous campaigner for women's rights and member of the WSPU. In 1911, she became a student at the Academy of Dramatic Art. She enjoyed a brief though varied career on the stage, cut short by the First World War. After service in the Women's Volunteer Reserve, she began writing in earnest. Working as a journalist at the same time as writing fiction, she became "Columbine," the drama critic on the Sunday Chronicle. False Goddesses, her first novel, was published in 1923. A second novel The Bröntes Went to Woolworths, did not appear until 1931, but its wide acclaim confirmed Rachel Ferguson's position in the public eye. Over the next two decades she wrote extensively and published eight more novels.



Expected this to be a quirky read, but instead it was downright weird.
Alishadt | 46 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2023 |
Well that was a lovely book, just really pleasant to read. Almost a ghost story and really full of character and observation.
It was nice to read a period piece (1920s ish) with decent female characters who aren't just trying to get themselves married off.

The Kindle edition that I read was annoyingly packed with spelling mistakes, wrong words, wrong characters and other editorial errors. This was occasionally very confusing as there was also a lot of archaic use of words and historical references which were hard to follow as sometimes t wasn't clear whether it was a legitimate use of a word or just an editing error.

I picked this up thanks to this excellent book list article in the TLS.
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mjhunt | 1 outra crítica | Jan 22, 2021 |
A pretty even mix of sweet and strange.

This is a story about a very offbeat but close knit family.

I think when most people are kids they make up stories about people, maybe some are imaginary and some are real people you see in passing and imagine the lives of. I did this as a little kid sometimes, but not as an adult.

So, that's something you're either going to find charming or odd about these characters.
They are all creative types, oldest sister Deidre is a writer and middle sister Katrine is an actress. They are both in their twenties. They, along with their mother, tell little stories to the youngest, eleven year old Sheil.

Many of their stories are about "Toddy". They kind of see him as a bit of a celebrity. He features in their stories a lot, including fictional phone calls every night.

But one day Deidre actually meets "Toddy". What began as an almost fictionalized character in her life is now a very real man.
When "Toddy" meets the rest of the family, it could unravel their little storybook world or if could enrich it.

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Mishale1 | 46 outras críticas | Dec 29, 2018 |
Interesting but rather weak, certainly weak compared with the author's Alas, Poor Lady or The Brontës Went to Woolworths. What's interesting about Harp is its echo of TBWtW, Ferguson's second novel, with the ghostly apparitions and the younger family becoming attached to the prominent elderly man (and his wife). I might like Harp better after I read the author's memoir We Were Amused, because Elizabeth Crawford's introduction to this "Furrowed Middlebrow" paperback reprint of Harp suggests autobiographical elements to the novel.

One complaint. This "Furrowed Middlebrow" edition seems to have been rather carelessly printed, with what appears to be the kind of typographical errors arising from imperfect proofreading of OCR-scanned pages of an original text. For serious academic study of Ferguson, reference might better be had to a first edition.
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CurrerBell | 1 outra crítica | Aug 30, 2018 |


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