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Elizabeth von Arnim (1866--1941) was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia. Her first book, the autobiographical novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden-inspired by the grounds of the estate she shared with her husband, Count Henning August von Arnim-was an enormous success. After the death of her first husband, Elizabeth married Francis the second Earl Russell, brother of Bertrand Russell. It was a disastrous marriage and the two eventually separated. Von Arnim moved to the US at the start of World War II, and spent her final years there. Cathleen Schine has received wide acclaim for her five previous novels: Alice in Bed, To the Birdhouse, The Evolution of Jane, and the international bestsellers Rameau's Niece and The Love Letter, both of which were made into feature films. She lives in New York City.
Four Englishwomen vacation together at an Italian castle in von Arnim's novel, a film version of which is now a popular art-house attraction. (Nov.)
"A pleasant...little story, with some neat phrasing and a genuine feeling for color and for beauty."--The New York Times
"The Enchanted April sounds as if it would be an
appallingly cloying cream puff of a fairy tale, but that would be
to ignore that the author habitually kept a pot of lemon juice
mixed with vinegar beside her ink-pot. With this bracing element
there is additionally what can only be called a feast of flowers,
hanging from every wall and pouring scent over the
company."--Times Literary Supplement "[A]n expression of the
propensity of people to be blind to the real secret of happiness,
and that it showed how exquisitely men and women get upon each
others' nerves and how they suffer from each others'
egos."--National Review "...extraordinarily well
written...it is witty, human, often very beautiful."--Punch
"[A] comedy of absolutely flawless mirth...a very beautiful...and
touching book."--Chris Morley "[A] restful, funny, sumptuous, and
invigorating vacation for the mind and soul." --500 Great Books
By Women A particular kind of witty and well-constructed fiction, a
sort of sparkling Euclid, which nobody else can touch.
-- Rebecca West