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Edith Olivier (1872–1948)

Autor(a) de The Love Child

17+ Works 269 Membros 12 Críticas 2 Favorited

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Obras por Edith Olivier

Associated Works

Lewis Carroll: Interviews and Recollections (1989) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
West Country Short Stories (1949) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Typography : a quarterly, no. 8, Summer 1939 (1939) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Olivier, Edith Maud
Data de nascimento
1872-12-31
Data de falecimento
1948-05-10
Localização do túmulo
Wilton Churchyard, Wilton, Wiltshire, UK
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
England
UK
País (no mapa)
UK
Local de nascimento
Wilton, Wiltshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Wilton, Wiltshire, England, UK
Causa da morte
multiple strokes
Locais de residência
Wilton, Wiltshire, England, UK
Educação
University of Oxford (St Hugh's College)
Ocupações
novelist
politician
salonnière
autobiographer
Relações
Whistler, Rex (friend)
Olivier, Laurence (cousin)
Organizações
St. John Ambulance
Prémios e menções honrosas
MBE, 1920

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Edith Olivier was born in Wilton, in Wiltshire, England, one of 10 children of a clergyman and his wife. She was educated at home and went to Oxford University on a scholarship in 1895, but left because of severe asthma. She became a stalwart of the Conservative Party and the Women's Institute. In 1916, she helped form the Women's Land Army in Wiltshire, for which she was awarded an MBE in 1920. She was the first woman to serve on the Wilton Town Council, and served as the first female mayor from 1938 to 1941. She remained single and lived with her father and younger sister Mildred. In 1927, while she was mourning Mildred's death, she formed a deep and lasting friendship with painter Rex Whistler; she was 51 to his 19. She also became the hostess to a bohemian circle of poets, writers, and artists that included Cecil Beaton, Siegfried Sassoon, William Walton, and Osbert Sitwell. She also published her first novel, The Love Child, in 1927. It was followed by four more novels and several biographies, as well as an autobiography, Without Knowing Mr. Walkley (1938).

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Críticas

Wonderful to read. So eloquent. She also wrote small capsule descriptions of many people whose biographies and lives I have followed so I kept meeting old friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Now I shall go to my shelves and get Stephen Tennant's biography and today I ordered Siegfried Sassoon A Life. I might reread the life of Ottoline Morrell. She mentions Ottoline reading a small description she had written about Katherine Mansfield and the lead up made me think it was a particularly bitter commentary but the writer did not write down what she heard. I finished a bunch of books by and about Katherine Mansfield in 2016 and now hope to find a trace of her in Ottoline's biographies.… (mais)
 
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Karen74Leigh | 2 outras críticas | Jul 31, 2019 |
Wonderful to read. So eloquent. She also wrote small capsule descriptions of many people whose biographies and lives I have followed so I kept meeting old friends. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Now I shall go to my shelves and get Stephen Tennant's biography and today I ordered Siegfried Sassoon A Life. I might reread the life of Ottoline Morrell. She mentions Ottoline reading a small description she had written about Katherine Mansfield and the lead up made me think it was a particularly bitter commentary but the writer did not write down what she heard. I finished a bunch of books by and about Katherine Mansfield in 2016 and now hope to find a trace of her in Ottoline's biographies.… (mais)
 
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Karen74Leigh | 2 outras críticas | Jul 31, 2019 |
Although I loved Olivier's 'Love Child', this (like 'Dwarf's Blood') is a really weird, but not particularly good novel. I was quite caught up in the opening chapter, where cowed daughters Emily and the invalid Lilian spend their lives in a cloistered existence in a cathedral close. Their mothers dead, their father autocratic, his only interest his house...all promised much.
But the whole tale just degenerates into silliness, as we meet the independent society lady Clodia (whose 'seraphim room' - so named for its 'six wings' - means a few incidents of people inadvertently overhearing things they weren't meant to.
As Emily is invited over and meets a new set - notably architect Christopher- and as said architect takes steps to force the irascible father to have proper sanitation installed in his beloved house, it all becomes too ridiculous for words.
Maybe *3 for the writing but let down by the storyline.
… (mais)
½
 
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starbox | May 27, 2019 |
A Pinocchio-esque story for grown-ups, where loneliness and grief result in some accidental tentative magic realism exploring (un)conditional love, possessiveness and jealousy. Despite its Victorian-style title which turns out to be surprisingly apt and touching in context, the novella is about the powerful effects of love in its various forms. The transformative powers of love on Agatha from her languid passive nature to that violent tempest is a beauty to behold. Recommended for anybody with two hours to spare.… (mais)
 
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kitzyl | 3 outras críticas | Feb 11, 2017 |

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Obras
17
Also by
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Membros
269
Popularidade
#85,899
Avaliação
3.9
Críticas
12
ISBN
36
Línguas
1
Marcado como favorito
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