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Emmuska, Baroness Orczy


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Emmuska, Baroness Orczy : Scarlet Pimpernel, The

'Her reading as a child was voracious, although her late start in learning to read for herself left her with a cosy taste for being read to. Her governess hads read aloud to her the story of Perseus and "Jungle Jinks" and most things in between. Once she read for herself, she had a passion for George Macdonald: his Curdie was one of her heroes. She loved Baroness Orczy's "Scarlet Pimpernel", and E. Nesbit's books. She read Dickens exhaustively as a child and, as a result, could not read him as a young adult: "There is no more oxygen left, for me, anywhere in the atmosphere of his writings".'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Bowen      Print: Book


Emmuska, Baroness Orczy : Eldorado

‘When I clamp-clump-clamp-clumped into the Poetry Bookshop on Thursday, the poetic ladies were not a little surprised. The Readings were from Rabindranath Tagore, read by a Lady without much insight into the Hindu spirit. I could not speak to Monro, but he smiled sadly at my khaki … Did I tell you I got in half-price at “the Strand” to see the Scarlet Pimpernel. Fred Terry was indisposed, but I could hardly imagine a better impersonation than was done by the Understudy. I have just read "El Dorado", the last tale of the S. Pimpernel—not very readable.’

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Wilfred Owen      Print: Book


Emmuska, Baroness Orczy : The Tangled Skein

'Young Corbishley's letter in the Advertiser was interesting about his march into Palestine. I wrote to Mr Corbishley a week or so back for the address of the ones out there. I must write to Mrs Davies the baker! I will send a PC of the place I now work in. We are allowed to do so, I believe. Have this last few days been reading a splendid book by Baroness Orczy, called "The Tangled Skein." If you come across it, read it. The boy at the piano is now playing an old Dreamy Waltz ...'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Wainwright      Print: Book


Emmuska, Baroness Orczy : By the Gods Beloved

'Each night when I lie down I read a book until lights go out. Am reading the end of one called "By the Gods Beloved" by Baroness Orczy. Last night I slept poorly and so did many of my mates, for it was bitter cold and draughty.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Wainwright      Print: Book


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