The Camomile: An Invention - Twentieth Century Scottish Womens Fiction (Paperback)
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The Camomile: An Invention - Twentieth Century Scottish Womens Fiction (Paperback)

(author), (author of introduction), (commentaries)
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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 08/11/2007
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"Of my writing he said, 'I see. It is like the camomile - the more it is trodden on the faster it grows' ". Ellen Carstairs is born to write. Orphaned at an early age, she and her brother are brought up in her aunt's evangelical and 'douce' Glasgow household at the turn of the twentieth century. This semi-autobiographical novel, written in epistolary form, was first published in 1922. It records the mind of the aspiring female artist who struggles to carve out writing space when pressure is laid on her enlightened self to bow to more acceptable ideological patterns. Encouraged by the erudite and esoteric 'Don John', and also by her eccentric friend and English teacher, Ellen begins to break into the world of print. But, on becoming engaged to a young doctor whose 'shoulders blot out the rest of the world', Ellen discovers that her fascination with the creative life is incompatible with the conventional trajectory mapped out for her. The answer comes to her as she is on the brink of marriage. Published here with an Introduction by Ianthe Carswell and Commentaries by Jan Piditch.

Publisher: Zeticula Ltd
ISBN: 9781904999447
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 347 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm

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