Elizabeth Goudge; The Bird in the Tree

Damerosehay; courtesy of the late Sylvia Gower

When I was finishing my degree with the  Open University, I really wanted to go on and take my Doctorate, specialising in women writers of the 30s and 40s, majoring in Elizabeth Goudge among others.  However, there was no one able to supervise me as no one else was yet looking at this area.  So I gave up.  I dare say there’s loads of folks doing this area now.  I did work with the late Sylvia Gower on her book about Elizabeth’s life, but we were coming from different directions, she was more on the actual, me the literary!

 I recently picked up again the Elliot trilogy, starting with the  Bird in the Tree. I was transported to a time and place magical.  I lived in the area where the book is set, so for me it doubly brings her work alive. Back again to her poetry like writing, (which I’m going to have to get permission to quote), and her sometimes poor sentence structure!  Back to a time of higher standards and morals, what this book suggests is an anathema to today’s society. 

Result, I’m going to over the next few months do character studies, literary analysis and share my love of this author.  Most of which aren’t ebooks, I’ll have to change the blog!  Oh, I wish I’d kept more of my Open University books!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucina
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 19:47:23

    Thank you for posting this picture of Damerosehay, it’s wonderful! The book by Sylvia Gower seems to be impossible to obtain, for some reason – is the photo from that book?


    • annarashbrook
      Aug 12, 2012 @ 17:34:48

      Yes, it was used in Sylvia’s book. She died last year, so I guess there’ll be no more re-prints, it was produced under vanity publishing. I expect you’ve checked on amazon I have seen it there before. If you’re desperate I may be able to get my hands on a copy for you, let me know.


      • Lucina
        Aug 12, 2012 @ 19:57:53

        Ah, so the Gower book was privately published, that accounts for its apparent absence from the internet. I would love a copy if that’s possible, please!

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