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Stella Gibbons (1902–1989)

Auteur van Cold Comfort Farm

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Over de Auteur

Stella Gibbons was born on January 5, 1902 in London. She married Allan Bourne Webb in 1933 and had one child. Raised in a poor and unhappy home, she used her vivid imagination as a means of escape, often telling stories to entertain her younger brothers and other children in the neighborhood. She toon meer held numerous jobs including drama critic, reporter, and fashion writer and was a frequent contributor to magazines such as Punch and Tattler, writing short stories and poetry. Gibbons is best known for her novel Cold Comfort Farm. A satirical portrait of rural British life in the 1930's, it won the Femina Vie Heureuse prize in 1933. In the book, Flora, a socialite, is orphaned and forced to live with relatives in the country. Flora tries to bring order and sense to the gloomy Starkadders on Cold Comfort Farm. To the delight of readers, this novel has been adapted several times as successful British films. Stella Gibbons died on December 19, 1989 in London. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder


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Algemene kennis

Gangbare naam
Gibbons, Stella
Officiële naam
Gibbons, Stella Dorothea
Highgate Cemetery, London, England, UK
Land (voor op de kaart)
England, UK
London, England, UK
Plaats van overlijden
London, England, UK
London, England, UK
North London Collegiate School for Girls
University College London (Dipl.|1922 -- Journalism)
short-story writer
Oliver, Reggie (nephew)
Webb, Allan (husband)
The Evening Standard
The Lady
British United Press
Prijzen en onderscheidingen
Femina Vie Heureuse Prize (1933)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (1950)
Korte biografie
Stella Gibbons was born in the Hampstead area of north London, the daughter of a melodramatic family. Her father was a respected physician, but violent and tyrannical. She attended North London Collegiate School for Girls and University College London. In 1924, she began working as a journalist for the British United Press news agency and later wrote for publications such as The Evening Standard and The Lady magazine. In 1933, she married Allan Bourne Webb, an actor and vocalist, with whom she had a daughter.
Her first published poetic work was the collection Mountain Beast (1930), but she attracted enduring fame with her amusing, satirical novel Cold Comfort Farm in 1932. It won her the prestigious Prix Femina Vie Heureuse in 1933. Stella Gibbons was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1950. She published her last novel in 1970 but continued to write for her own pleasure.



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An odd little book. I hadn't read any Stella Gibbons previously, and came at this book with no preconceptions. I admired the writing and the manner in which Gibbons tells this story and portrays the characters. There seems to be a constant undertone of conflict (or tension) - among the characters, among the time in which the book is set, and among the various values that the author subsumes the narrative with.
vscauzzo | 3 andere besprekingen | Jan 29, 2024 |
A British classic written in 1944, the characters are varied and many, a series of uninvited guests invade Sunglades, the house of siblings Constance and Kenneth Fielding. (I love how the British names their houses) A friend and her son and a beautiful, young immigrant from Bariamia, who has been employed as a housekeeper are the first of many house guests that upset the peace of the household. The writing is lovely and the characters are well written, with some witty descriptions of all the characters which made me chuckle quite often. I understand The Bachelor is not as goods as Gibbons earlier novel Cold Comfort Farm; I thought this was very good so I think I’m going to love Cold Comfort Farm. Recommend….… (meer)
almin | 3 andere besprekingen | Dec 19, 2023 |
Quirky English story. I could see how it would be made into a movie. Easy read.
SteveMcI | 221 andere besprekingen | Dec 14, 2023 |
Cold Comfort Farm is, as one friend described, "a wonderfully snippy takeoff of rural-England novels full of steaming middens and dripping thatches, and what happens when a plucky young heroine decides to fix things up; a bit like what might happen if Austen's Emma visited some of Thomas Hardy's characters."

That said, it's been a long time since I've been this happy to be done with a book! My friend's thoughts above sum up the book perfectly, and it's probably a great read if one is in the mood for that. Apparently, I was NOT in the mood for that this week and the book ended up being irritating. It could be, also, that the characters reminded me too much of my own rural family. Ha! Still, I'm happy to have completed one more book from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. But, like several others I've read from that list, I probably could have died without reading this one.… (meer)
classyhomemaker | 221 andere besprekingen | Dec 11, 2023 |


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