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Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Arnim

Beyond the German Garden

by Isobel Maddison

Hardback Publication Date: 04/06/2013

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In the first book-length treatment of Elizabeth von Arnim's fiction, Isobel Maddison examines her work in its historical and intellectual contexts, demonstrating that von Arnim's fine comic writing and complex and compelling narrative style reward close analysis. Organised chronologically and thematically, Maddison's book is informed by unpublished material from the British and Huntington Libraries, including correspondence between von Arnim, her publishers and prominent contemporaries such as H.G. Wells, Bertrand Russell and her cousin Katherine Mansfield -- whose early modernist prose is seen as indebted to von Arnim's earlier literary influence. Maddison's exploration of the novelist's critical reception is situated within recent discussions of the 'middlebrow' and establishes von Arnim as a serious author among her intellectual milieu, countering the misinformed belief that the author of such novels as Elizabeth and Her German Garden, The Caravaners, The Pastor's Wife and Vera wrote light-hearted fiction removed from gritty reality. On the contrary, various strands of socialist thought and von Arnim's wider political beliefs establish her as a significant author of British anti-invasion literature while weighty social issues underpin much of her later writing.
ISBN:
9781409411673
9781409411673
Category:
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
04-06-2013
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
235x159x18mm
Weight:
0.69kg

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