E. M. Almedingen Valerie Alderson - Essay

Valerie Alderson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Among contemporary writers of English children's books, E. M. Almedingen probably had one of the most colourful family backgrounds, and this was reflected in much of her writing, particularly in the later years when she turned to children's books. (p. 149)

[Characters] in her adult novels such as The Scarlet Goose or Stand Fast Beloved City or even Frossia, seem dead—indeed they do have '… wood in their breast and water in their veins', as she herself said, although potentially, the stories could have lent themselves to much livelier treatment. (p. 151)

[It] is in her last two books for children, Fanny and Ellen that one can most clearly make...

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