Author of the Month: Elizabeth von Arnim

Born as Mary Annette Beauchamp at Kirribilli Point in Australia in 1866, the novelist and memoirist Elizabeth von Arnim grew up in England, and subsequently lived in Germany, France and Switzerland before dying in the United States in 1941. As an inhabitant of the upper echelons of European high society, her life was both privileged and troubled, a disjunct that is mirrored in the characteristic light/dark, tragic/comic tone of her fictional work. In one of her letters she once wrote ‘I'm so glad I didn't die on the various occasions I have earnestly wished I might, for I would have missed a lot of lovely weather.’

Her most famous novel The Enchanted April has been adapted several times for both stage and screen, and her 1909 satirical novel The Caravaners, about the manners of the English as seen through the bemused and occasionally incredulous eyes of a Prussian aristocrat, has recently been reissued by Handheld Press.

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The Caravaners

Elizabeth von Arnim

From the publisher:

The Caravaners (1909) is a devastating comedy about an Edwardian caravan holiday in Kent, narrated by the pompous and self-important Baron, a Prussian Major in the German ...

£12.99

Expiation

Elizabeth Von Arnim, preface by Valerie Grove

£15.00

All The Dogs Of My Life: A Virago Modern Classic

Elizabeth von Arnim

From the publisher:

A captivating (in no way barking) autobiography. Dogs take the leading role, but it is also about troublesome husbands, wonderful houses, a surprising life’ Observer

£10.00

Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Elizabeth von Arnim

From the publisher:

Meet Elizabeth and discover there is no greater happiness to be found than when lost in a wilderness of a garden, with bird cherries, lilacs, hollyhocks and lilies crowding ...

£7.99

The Pastor’s Wife: A Virago Modern Classic

Elizabeth von Arnim

From the publisher:

*A novel sparkling with von Arnim’s characteristic wit and irony *With an afterword by Lisa St Aubin de Teran *With an Afterword by Lisa St Aubin de Teran

£13.99

Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther

Elizabeth von Arnim

From the publisher:

What on earth could have induced Mr Anstruther to fall in love with Fraulein Schmidt? He is an eligible English bachelor from a good family with great expectations; But ...

£8.99

Vera

Elizabeth von Arnim

From the publisher:

Lucy Entwhistle and Everard Wemyss are both reeling from recent unhappiness when they meet and swiftly fall in love. Lucy is Wemyss’s ‘sweet girl’, and to Lucy, Everard ...

£8.99

Mr Skeffington: A Virago Modern Classic

Elizabeth von Arnim

From the publisher:

*A touching and funny novel about a once-beautiful woman who, approaching her fiftieth birthday, realises she is no longer the belle of the ball.

£9.99