This collection consists of 21 letters written by English novelist Elizabeth Russell (1866-1941),
between 1931 and 1938 to her friend and neighbor Henry Norman (1858-1939), chiefly discussing her life, current authors, and
current political events,
including the rise of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.
Mary Annette Beauchamp (1866-1941), English novelist, became known to the world as “Elizabeth” after the publication of her
first novel, Elizabeth and Her German Garden, in 1898. She was a very popular writer during her lifetime and wrote some twenty works, mainly semi- autobiographical novels,
between 1897 and 1940; two of her novels have been made into films, Mr. Skeffington and The Enchanted April. Her friends included many writers and also select groups which visited, first, her chalet in Switzerland and then her estate
on the French Riviera; throughout her life she travelled extensively in Europe and the United States.
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