Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

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Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

Elizabeth And Her German Garden (Virago Modern Classics)

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This biography delves into the character of the remarkable woman whose life story provided much of the material and inspiration for her fiction. She looked down upon the frivolous fashions of her time writing “I believe all needlework and dressmaking is of the devil, designed to keep women from study. Elizabeth and her German Garden, published anonymously in 1898, was a barely fictionalised account of Elizabeth’s life and the creation of her garden at the family home of Nassenheide in Pomerania, where Hugh Walpole and E.

But I read in her biographical note that the novel is "semi-autobiographical" and maybe this is one way in which the author distances herself from the text. On some very specially divine days, like today, I have actually longed for some one else to be here to enjoy the beauty with me.

That's what intrigued me, and if I can find a biography of Von Arnim that untangles truth from fiction, I'll definitely read it.

Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia, she was raised in England and in 1891 married Count Henning August von Arnim, a Prussian aristocrat, and the great-great-great-grandson of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. I do sincerely trust that the benediction that is always awaiting me in my garden may by degrees be more deserved, and that I may grow in grace, and patience, and cheerfulness, just like the happy flowers I so much love.No – ha replicato lui assennatamente; – no, il tuo giardino non è il tuo Dovere, perché è il tuo Piacere. Her silly little snobberies are not amusing or pleasant to a 21st century reader, She is a self-absorbed and not very kind person, apparently unaware of her life of tremendous privilege. Sometimes I feel as if I were blest above all my fellows in being able to find my happiness so easily.

With much charm, Elizabeth depicts the progress of her lovely garden, the beauty of the surrounding forest, and the various sounds of nature’s creatures. This is the first book she wrote in her literary career (1898) and it was quite the literary hit, going quickly into multiple printings and being published in different languages.

In 1890 she married her first husband, Count Henning August von Arnim-Schlagenthin, a Prussian aristocrat, with whom she had five children. The sudden view of the sea from the messy, pine-covered height directly above it where we picnic; the wonderful stretch of lonely shore with the forest to the water's edge; the coloured sails in the blue distance; the freshness, the brightness, the vastness—all is lost upon the picnickers, and made worse than indifferent to them, by the perpetual necessity they are under of fighting these horrid creatures. I like to have people staying with me for a few days, or even a few weeks, should they be as undemanding as I am myself, and content with simple joys; only, any one who comes here and would be happy must have something in him; if he be a mere blank creature, empty of head and heart, he will very probably find it dull. It sounded like the dark ages as ‘Reading is an occupation for men, for women it is a reprehensible waste of time.

With the roses in bloom, and with their fragrances wafting hither and dither, it was the perfect setting for this lovely little book. Elizabeth consoles herself in her garden, celebrating her happy days (as opposed to her "reluctant nights" with her husband, the Man of Wrath). It is nice being the only person who ever goes there or shows it to anybody, but if more people went, perhaps the mosquitoes would be less lean, and hungry, and pleased to see us. The purple ones are the most charming and go well with every rose, but I have white ones with Laurette Messimy, and yellow ones with Safrano, and a new red sort in the big centre bed of red roses. Es posible que una corta novela como Elizabeth y su jardín alemán sea capaz de llegar tan hondo al alma femenina.

Haven't read this for years but it was my first Elizabeth Von Arnim novel and I went on to read every one of her brilliant books. Elizabeth dislikes the indoors with its responsibilities, servants and other interruptions, and spends most of the time reading in her garden. After seven difficult years and three daughters, Elizabeth wrote her first book, "Elizabeth and her German Garden," which was an instant hit. She prefers to spend as much of her day as possible outdoors in the garden, even on the coldest days of winter, and gets labeled as eccentric by her neighbors.



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