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Stella Gibbons (1902–1989)

Autor(a) de Cold Comfort Farm

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras de Stella Gibbons

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) 5,790 cópias
Nightingale Wood (1938) 434 cópias
Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm (1940) 305 cópias
Westwood (1946) 232 cópias
Starlight (1967) 126 cópias
The Matchmaker (1949) 113 cópias
The Bachelor (1944) 86 cópias
Here Be Dragons (1956) 63 cópias
My American (1939) 52 cópias
The Woods in Winter (1970) 46 cópias
The Swiss Summer (1951) 42 cópias
A Pink Front Door (1959) 40 cópias
Pure Juliet (2016) 34 cópias
Bassett (1933) 33 cópias
Ticky (1943) 30 cópias
White Sand and Grey Sand (1958) 29 cópias
The Weather at Tregulla (1962) 27 cópias
The Snow-Woman (1968) 26 cópias
The Rich House (1941) 26 cópias
The Charmers (1965) 25 cópias
Enbury Heath (1935) 21 cópias
The Yellow Houses (2016) 15 cópias
Miss Linsey and Pa (1936) 8 cópias
The Shadow of a Sorcerer (1955) 5 cópias
Fort of the Bear 4 cópias
Beside the Pearly Water (1954) 4 cópias
The Untidy Gnome (1935) 3 cópias
Collected Poems (1950) 2 cópias
Teatime mit Kuh (2023) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Sense and Sensibility (1811) — Introdução, algumas edições38,256 cópias
Emma (1815) — Introdução, algumas edições38,149 cópias
Três homens num barco (já para não falar do cão) (1889) — Introdução, algumas edições7,710 cópias
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories (2006) — Contribuinte — 140 cópias
Cold Comfort Farm [1995 film] (1995) — Novel — 123 cópias
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuinte — 119 cópias
Light on C. S. Lewis (1965) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
The Virago Book of Christmas (2002) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Modern English Short Stories (1939) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories (2013) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
A Different Sound: Stories by Mid-Century Women Writers (2023) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
All Day Long: An Anthology of Poetry for Children (1954) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
A Vintage Christmas (Vintage Minis) (2018) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Gibbons, Stella
Nome de batismo
Gibbons, Stella Dorothea
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Highgate Cemetery, London, England, UK
País (para mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
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
Femina Vie Heureuse Prize (1933)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (1950)
Pequena biografia
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.



THE DEEP ONES: "Roaring Tower" by Stella Gibbons em The Weird Tradition (Maio 2022)
1001 Group Read: Cold Comfort Farm em 1001 Books to read before you die (Agosto 2011)


Oh I disliked this one so much. No plot, characters who are miserable for no particular reason, only a handful of insightful sentences (to be fair, these were pretty good sentences), the rest just kept describing some British weeds. I just have no patience for this sort of thing anymore, at least one character you can root for should be bare minimum I feel. I suppose it is MEANT to be about miserable families and marriages and ridiculous stuck up nonces but I've genuinely enjoyed Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina despite hating stories about affairs unlike this one.

A nice quote:

'she used to dream of meeting interesting people there, and brood afterwards over the uninteresting ones whom she did meet, feeling the impact of their personalities too strongly upon her own, as socially inexperienced people often do'
… (mais)
Maneeesha | outras 2 resenhas | May 11, 2024 |
Hilarious. This novel gives D.H.Lawrence what he deserves: advice about hygiene and a good laugh.
Elanna76 | outras 222 resenhas | May 2, 2024 |
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 | outras 3 resenhas | 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….… (mais)
almin | outras 3 resenhas | Dec 19, 2023 |


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