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Angela Thirkell (1890–1961)

Autor(a) de High Rising

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Obras de Angela Thirkell

High Rising (1933) 669 cópias
Wild Strawberries (1934) 520 cópias
The Brandons (1939) 412 cópias
August Folly (1936) 377 cópias
Pomfret Towers (1938) 352 cópias
Before Lunch (1939) 318 cópias
Summer Half (1937) 299 cópias
The Headmistress (1944) 247 cópias
Cheerfulness Breaks In (1940) 239 cópias
Marling Hall (1942) 230 cópias
Miss Bunting (1946) 229 cópias
Northbridge Rectory (1941) 227 cópias
Growing Up (1943) 217 cópias
Peace Breaks Out (1946) 198 cópias
The Demon in the House (1934) 186 cópias
Private Enterprise (1947) 168 cópias
Happy Returns (1952) 166 cópias
The Duke's Daughter (1951) 164 cópias
County Chronicle (1950) 164 cópias
Love Among the Ruins (1948) 160 cópias
Jutland Cottage (1953) 155 cópias
The Old Bank House (1949) 152 cópias
Enter Sir Robert (1955) 148 cópias
A Double Affair (1957) 144 cópias
Three Houses (1931) 141 cópias
Christmas at High Rising (2013) 140 cópias
Love at All Ages (1959) 139 cópias
What Did It Mean? (1954) 137 cópias
Close Quarters (1958) 130 cópias
Ankle Deep (1933) 127 cópias
Never Too Late (1956) 121 cópias
Coronation Summer (1937) 114 cópias
Three Score and Ten (1961) 103 cópias
O, These Men, These Men! (1935) 78 cópias
The Grateful Sparrow (1935) 10 cópias
The Good Little Girls (2006) 5 cópias
The Brandons, and others (1968) 3 cópias
The Old Bank House 1 exemplar(es)
Never too Late 1 exemplar(es)
Everything 1 exemplar(es)
Prima di pranzo 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Persuasion (1817) — Introdução, algumas edições27,901 cópias
The Newcomes (1855) — Introdução, algumas edições391 cópias
An Adult's Garden of Bloomers (1966) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Thirkell, Angela
Nome de batismo
Thirkell, Angela Margaret
Outros nomes
Parker, Leslie
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Rottingdean, Sussex, England
Local de nascimento
Kensington, London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Bramley, Surrey, England, UK
Locais de residência
Kensington, London, England, UK
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Chelsea, London, England, UK
St Paul's School, London, England, UK
Mackail, Denis (brother)
Mackail, J. W. (father)
Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (grandfather)
MacInnes, Colin (son)
Kipling, Rudyard (first cousin)
Baldwin, Earl Stanley Baldwin (first cousin) (mostrar todas 10)
Barrie, J. M. (godfather)
Baldwin, Monica (cousin)
Thirkell, Lance (son)
McInnes, Graham (son)
Pequena biografia
Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London. Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne-Jones, the pre-Raphaelite painter. Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald. Angela's brother, Denis Mackail, was also a prolific and successful novelist. Angela's mother, Margaret Burne-Jones, married John Mackail - an administrator at the Ministry of Education and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. Angela married James Campbell McInnes in 1911. James was a professional Baritone and performed at concert halls throughout the UK. In 1912 their first son Graham was born and in 1914 a second son, Colin. A daughter was born in 1917 at the time when her marriage was breaking up. In November 1917 a divorce was granted and Angela and the children went to live with her parents in Pembroke Gardens in London. The child, Mary, died the next year. Angela then met and married George Lancelot Thirkell in 1918 and in 1920 they travelled on a troop ship to George's hometown in Australia. In 1921, in Melbourne Australia, her youngest son, Lancelot George, was born. Angela left Australia in 1929 with 8-year- old Lance and never returned. Although living with her parents in London she badly needed to earn a living so she set forth on the difficult road of the professional writer. Her first book, Three Houses, a memoir of her happy childhood was published in 1931 and was an immediate success. The first of her novels set in Trollope's mythical county of Barsetshire was Demon in the House, followed by 28 others, one each year. Angela died on the 29th of January 1961. She is buried in Rottingdean alongside her daughter Mary and her Burne-Jones grandparents.



Jutland Cottage is set in 1952, and begins with the death of King George VI in February*. Barsetshire is understandably in a somber mood, but soon normal country life resumes. Margot Phelps is spending her middle-aged years caring for aging parents which she does gladly, but this leaves little time for herself. The community takes note and quietly organizes a “Friends of the Phelpses” effort. Some spend afternoons with Margot’s parents so that she can have some free time. Others take advantage of that free time to take Margot shopping for new clothes, or to have her hair done. This is community at its best, and Margot is much the better for it. But there is still a looming concern about her financial livelihood, as her parents will have little to pass on. The solution to this problem is, sadly, much the same as it was centuries earlier: marriage. But to whom? Margot herself doesn’t appear to be giving this much thought but you can bet everyone else is.

Meanwhile, some of the usual devices are in play: garden parties, Sunday lunches, and gently poking fun at certain character types. The inevitable second romantic storyline occurs quite late in the novel and seemed rather hastily put together. Margot’s storyline has a happy ending (as always), although in my opinion Thirkell made the wrong choice for Margot. But what do I know? And in any case, this was an enjoyable installment in a long-running series.

* I enjoyed reading the Barsetshire community’s thoughts about the new Queen, speculation about how long she would reign, and whether she had any suitable heirs.
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lauralkeet | 1 outra resenha | Oct 27, 2023 |
High Rising is rather a delightful nothing. I perhaps should like Thirkell more than I do, seeing as how she sits somewhere between my favourite novelist Barbara Pym and one of my more obscure pleasures, E.F. Benson, author of the Mapp and Lucia series. Thirkell is much kinder to her characters than Benson is (although not without a sense of cosmic justice), and her character examinations are less sharp than Pym's - not lacking in sharpness, mind you.

High Rising is the first in a series of almost 30 novels, which Thirkell wrote over the course of her lifetime, chronicling the same county (a century removed) from Trollope's more famous 19th century novels. So perhaps later in life, when I have run out of material, I will return here. Lengthy series in which little happens beyond character analysis are hard to find, and right up my alley. For now, though I will leave it to more interested parties.… (mais)
therebelprince | outras 41 resenhas | Oct 24, 2023 |
Not sure why, since I did somewhat enjoy a Thirkell book in the past, but I found this unreadable.
TadAD | outras 5 resenhas | Aug 12, 2023 |
Laura Morland, una exitosa escritora de «buenos malos libros», se dispone a pasar unas semanas de feliz reposo en su casa de campo en el pueblecito de High Rising. Una vez allí, sin embargo, se ve envuelta en una maraña de pequeñas intrigas provincianas que exigirán toda su atención. Por un lado, tratará de impedir que su acaudalado amigo y vecino George Knox sucumba a los encantos de Miss Grey, una secretaria cazafortunas. Por el otro, hará lo posible por emparejar a su editor londinense –que dista mucho de ser un donjuán– con Miss Sybil, la dulce e ingenua hija de Knox. Todo ello mientras a su alrededor pulula, y a menudo estorba, un elenco de personajes tan exasperantes como divertidos, entre los que destacan su hijo Toby, un chiquillo resabiado y experto en asuntos ferroviarios, y Stoker, la entrometida ama de llaves. ¿Conseguirá Laura devolver la paz a High Rising y, de paso, a sí misma?

Bienvenidos a High Rising, la primera entrega de una saga ambientada en el condado ficticio de Barbetshire, es una inmejorable puerta de acceso a la literatura de Angela Thirkell. Gracias a su talento satírico y a una prodigiosa habilidad para tejer y destejer tramas sentimentales, Thirkell es una de las mejores cronistas de la vida de las clases acomodadas y los pequeños terratenientes de la campiña inglesa.
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bibliotecayamaguchi | outras 41 resenhas | Jun 28, 2023 |



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