E. M. Almedingen Ann Thwaite - Essay

Ann Thwaite

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

There seems to be no end to the extraordinary family papers this lucky author has to draw on. She has already told the stories of other relations in Little Katia, Young Mark and Fanny. In the preface to Ellen she tells us she has not included a single 'invented happening or imagined person'. She writes in the first person and it is difficult to believe she is not remembering it herself. It has its inconsistencies and longueurs, as the autobiography of any elderly lady would have, but it is also carefully packed with plenty of good stories and meaningful detail. The last quarter of the book, from the arrival in Russia, is by far the most interesting. (p. 312)


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