Thursday, September 23, 2010

The 30's With A "Provincial Lady"


If you've been following AUREA, you know about my passion for the 1920's and 1930's - not for nothing did I recently gulp up Juliet Gardiner's massive The Thirties, an 800-page exploration of that decade in the UK. So I was delighted when I stumbled upon E.M. Delafield's 1933 Diary Of A Provincial Lady, a best-seller in its time, in a 1982 edition that includes the novel's original illustrations - wasn't it wonderful back in the days when novels were illustrated?

15 comments:

Kwana said...

It is wonderful. I love an illustrated book.

Annie said...

Beautiful. I am a bit obsessed with the 1920's myself. xoxo

Giulia said...

In a word, yes. Love illustrations (& that time period, though I don't know if I would've wanted to be a woman during that time).

GG would've liked to have been a cat at any time, of course:)xx

Same Length Pinkies said...

Wonderful indeed.

Mary-Laure said...

GIULIA - well, signorina Gattina, maybe in one of your previous 8 lives, you were a 1930's London kitty.
Meow!

Jill said...

Thanks for the blog visit...loving yours...quite eclectic.

Giulia said...

I think that might be a good story. Thanks for the inspiration!

Mary-Laure said...

JILL - yes, I try to keep this eclectic so that everyone finds something they might find interesting.

Laura In Paris said...

I think illustrations may help this book, they give you a vivid grasp of that time, tha fashion, the ligestyle, and the book may be about that too, but otherwise, without illustrations one can imagine freely ..

hiven said...

stunning
xx

natsumi nishizumi said...

Beautiful illustrations!
ps. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!
I had my first ballet lesson last week and it was fun!!

Rina said...

Hola Mary Laure! aprovechando y hablando de libros quiero que seas mi invitada en un blog que estoy armando sobre critica de libros y recomendaciones, te puedo enviar un correo y hacerte solo unas poquitas preguntas sobre libros? gracias! a mi también me encantan estas décadas!

Mary-Laure said...

RINA - si, enviame un correo con tus preguntas! Como sabes, me encanta hablar de libros........

simon said...

I do like the cars of that period and Art Deco..

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