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D. E. Stevenson (1) (1892–1973)

Autor(a) de Miss Buncle's Book

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About the Author

D. E. (Dorothy Emily) Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 18, 1892. She married Captain James Reid Peploe in 1916. She wrote over 40 books in her lifetime. Her first novel Peter West was published in 1923. Her other books include Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, Miss Buncle's Book, Miss mostrar mais Buncle Married, and Listening Valley. Her Mrs. Tim books were inspired by the diaries she kept while an army wife. She died on December 30, 1973. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por D. E. Stevenson

Miss Buncle's Book (1934) 1,244 exemplares
Miss Buncle Married (1936) 496 exemplares
The Two Mrs. Abbotts (1943) 308 exemplares
Mrs Tim of the Regiment - omnibus (1940) 274 exemplares
Celia's House (1943) 263 exemplares
The Four Graces (1946) 245 exemplares
The Young Clementina (1935) 219 exemplares
Listening Valley (1944) 204 exemplares
Vittoria Cottage (1949) 199 exemplares
Amberwell (1955) 193 exemplares
Music in the Hills (1950) 180 exemplares
Winter and Rough Weather (1951) 177 exemplares
The Baker's Daughter (1939) 164 exemplares
The House on the Cliff (1966) 152 exemplares
Mrs Tim Carries On (1941) 150 exemplares
Katherine Wentworth (1964) 148 exemplares
Anna and Her Daughters (1958) 144 exemplares
Still Glides the Stream (1959) 137 exemplares
Charlotte Fairlie (1954) 129 exemplares
Spring Magic (1941) 128 exemplares
Mrs. Tim Gets a Job (1947) 127 exemplares
Mrs. Tim Flies Home (1952) 127 exemplares
Gerald and Elizabeth (1969) 126 exemplares
The Blue Sapphire (1963) 124 exemplares
Summerhills (1955) 115 exemplares
The Marriage of Katherine (1965) 113 exemplares
Bel Lamington (1961) 106 exemplares
Smouldering Fire (1935) 103 exemplares
Green Money (1939) 102 exemplares
The Tall Stranger (1957) 101 exemplares
Young Mrs Savage (1948) 100 exemplares
The English Air (1940) 99 exemplares
Sarah's Cottage (1968) 95 exemplares
The Musgraves (1960) 95 exemplares
Sarah Morris Remembers (1967) 94 exemplares
Kate Hardy (1947) 92 exemplares
Fletchers End (1962) 89 exemplares
The House of the Deer (1970) 85 exemplares
Rochester's Wife (1940) 74 exemplares
Five Windows (1953) 72 exemplares
The Fair Miss Fortune (2011) 60 exemplares
Crooked Adam (1942) 59 exemplares
Mrs Tim of the Regiment (1932) 58 exemplares
Rosabelle Shaw (1937) 50 exemplares
The Empty World (1936) 33 exemplares
Peter West (1923) 33 exemplares
Emily Dennistoun (2011) 29 exemplares
Miss Buncle (1964) 24 exemplares
Portrait of Saskia (2011) 21 exemplares
Golden Days (1934) 16 exemplares
Found in the Attic (2013) 16 exemplares
Jean Erskine's Secret (2013) 14 exemplares
The Bel Lamington Novels (2019) 5 exemplares
Sarah Morris (2019) 3 exemplares
It's Nice to Be Me (1943) 1 exemplar
Mrs. Tim 1 exemplar


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Peploe, Dorothy Emily
Outros nomes
Stevenson, Dorothy Emily
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Moffat Cemetery, Scotland, UK
Local de nascimento
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Locais de residência
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Moffat, Scotland, UK
Dumfries, Scotland, UK
Galloway, Scotland, UK
Stevenson, David Alan (father)
Stevenson, Robert Louis (uncle)

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D. E. (Dorothy Emily) Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, into a well-known family, and was educated at home by governesses. Robert Louis Stevenson was her father's cousin. D. E. began writing as a child but had to hide her efforts because her parents disapproved.

Her father also refused to send her to university. In 1913, D.E. came out as a debutante, and two years later published her first book of poetry. In 1914, she married James Reid Peploe, a young captain on leave to recuperate from wounds he received in World War I, with whom she had four children. In 1923 her first novel, Peter West, was published. It was not a success, and she did not publish fiction for the next few years. She was keeping a diary, and one day in the early 1930s, allowed a friend to read it. This woman urged D.E. to publish, and so began the semi-autobiographical series of "Mrs. Tim" novels published between 1934 and 1952, the first being Mrs. Tim of the Regiment.

For the rest of her long career, D.E. Stevenson steadily wrote bestsellers that still delight readers today. She wrote humorous and serious books and even ventured into science fiction. During World War II, she wrote novels such as The Two Mrs. Abbotts (1943) that featured wartime food shortages, German spies, romantic entanglements, and childrearing. After the war, she published several novels that dealt prominently with postwar changes in society, including Mrs. Tim Gets a Job (1947), Kate Hardy (1947), Young Mrs. Savage (1948), Vittoria Cottage (1949), and Summerhills (1956). Five works were published posthumous after the manuscripts were discovered in the Stevenson family attic, including

Jean Erskine's Secret, written 1913-1917;
Emily Dennistoun and Portrait of Saskia, written in the 1920s; and The Fair Miss Fortune, written in the 1930s.



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Oh my! What fun this delightful book was! At first I wasn't so sure, but over and over, I laughed aloud. The characterizations were droll, spot-on. Afraid to read the sequel, because I don't see how it could ever match this sweet, clever novel.
BethOwl | 95 outras críticas | Jan 24, 2024 |
When I am in the midst of reading something by Stevenson, I think she’s one of my favourite authors.

This was written -- and set -- early in WWII. It is about Frances, a young woman visiting Cairn, a Scottish fishing village. Frances has never had a holiday before; she had a lonely, old-fashioned, book-ish childhood, and then took over keeping house for her aunt and uncle. Her trip to Cairn is an opportunity to think about what she wants from life, and to mix with people her own age.

She meets a trio of officers’ wives who are looking for accommodation, as their husbands’ battalion is to camp at Cairn. Stevenson was herself an officer’s wife and it’s clear that she’s writing about sorts of people she understands well -- they’re so lively and they have amusing and interesting things to say about themselves and their experiences. And for Frances, they provide different portraits of being mothers and/or wives, and of the way shared circumstances can bonds people with different personalities together.

I enjoyed the evocative and insightful descriptions of people and places, and the way the story offers both an escape from -- and yet also a sharp reminder of -- the realities of wartime.
[Tommy] was elaborating her fairy story about the Princess Carginamel and everyone was listening.
“She was a very clever princess,” declared Tommy. “She ran her kingdom awfully well. It was a benevolent autocracy.”
“That’s a good one, Tommy.”
“Yes, isn’t it?” Tommy agreed. “She made all the laws and tried all the criminals herself. That kept her pretty busy, of course, but she was never late for anything. She--”
There was a storm of protest at this point in the narrative -- it was led by the three husbands.
“She wasn’t human,” Major Liston declared.
“Of course not,” cried Tommy, raising her voice above the din. “Haven’t I just told you she was a fairy princess? [...]”

That particular conversation set me thinking about how previous generations, in the days before television and the internet, entertained their friends and acquaintances. People still entertain each other, of course, and the ability of amusing at small gatherings is still valued, I just suspect it isn’t valued in the same way.

Another thing which set me thinking was the portrayal of an unpleasant character who is described with more than a touch racial prejudice. It’s a choice which seemed so unnecessary, especially given that Stevenson’s other books demonstrate that she was well aware that people who are white and British are capable of behaving badly! But not all of her books were written during a war. By implying that he wasn’t fully British, was she trying to -- either consciously or unconsciously -- disassociate this character from all those brave Englishmen currently fighting for their country, so as not to unpatriotically malign them by association? I don’t think it makes the racist undertones any more palatable (of course). But I wondered.
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Herenya | 3 outras críticas | Dec 22, 2023 |
Charlotte is an unusually young headmistress of an English girls’ school, a job she’s proud of yet finds very lonely. The story revolves around Charlotte’s job, and also her interactions with a new pupil, Tessa MacRynne, who comes from a remote Scottish island.

I found this portrayal of being a young woman in a position of authority very interesting, particularly noting the ways in which schools and teaching haven’t changed since the 1950s -- and the ways in which they have. (For one thing, today, a board employing a former student as their headmistress would have a better idea of how old she is -- modern technology means it would be quick and easy to check the school’s records to see when she had attended, and her CV would include the year she graduated from university. For another, a headmistress today would have more opportunities to have a personal life outside of work -- but it would be far less appropriate for her to accept an invitation to stay with a student’s family.)… (mais)
Herenya | 3 outras críticas | Oct 29, 2023 |
As with many of Stevenson’s sequels, the follow-up to Sarah Morris Remembers, is less tightly focused than the first book but I still liked it. Despite the title, it isn’t really about the cottage in Scotland that Sarah and her husband move into after the war. Instead, it’s about their life in the years that follow -- there’s bits about social events and writing projects, and a couple of personal issues, but mostly it is about interactions with their families. Particularly Sarah’s grandparents, and her niece Freddie, whom Sarah doesn’t get to see as often as she would like.

And underneath it all is a bittersweet poignancy, because Sarah and Charles don’t have their own children. Stevenson doesn’t include much about that aspect of Sarah’s life, the way a contemporary author might, but I thought the portrayal of this was unexpectedly thoughtful -- she captures the undercurrent of grief and longing, but also Sarah’s choice to focus on the many happinesses and important relationships that she has. I kept wanting tidy and more convention resolutions and yet, and yet, I appreciate that Stevenson doesn’t provide those. Because while my life is rather different from Sarah’s in, oh, so many ways, I found something reassuringly relatable in that.

It was beautiful autumn weather so we were seeing it at its best: the trees were turning red and brown and golden, they were gorgeous in the sunshine; the heather had faded; the coarse grass on the moors was orange-coloured. Hundreds of little burns, their waters sparkling like silver, came tumbling down the hills. Here and there a stand of dark green conifers made its bold contrasting note in the landscape; here and there a small farm-house nestled in a fold of the hills. Above, the sky was a tender blue and big cumulus clouds sailed along majestically, trailing their shadows over the quiet land. [...] One morning when there was air-frost, and a thin crackle of ice in the ruts untouched by the sunshine, we stopped in a small quarry by the side of the road and walked up a hill path. A few pearly white sheep were nibbling the green grass beneath the coarser orange tufts, they lifted their heads and watched us as we passed but were unafraid.
“We ought to be more thankful than we are—for eyes,” said Charles suddenly.
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Herenya | 2 outras críticas | Oct 29, 2023 |



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