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Stella Gibbons (1902–1989)

Autore di Cold Comfort Farm

36+ opere 7,868 membri 281 recensioni 28 preferito


Stella Gibbons was born on January 5, 1902 in London. She married Allan Bourne Webb in 1933 and had one child. Raised in a poor and unhappy home, she used her vivid imagination as a means of escape, often telling stories to entertain her younger brothers and other children in the neighborhood. She mostra altro held numerous jobs including drama critic, reporter, and fashion writer and was a frequent contributor to magazines such as Punch and Tattler, writing short stories and poetry. Gibbons is best known for her novel Cold Comfort Farm. A satirical portrait of rural British life in the 1930's, it won the Femina Vie Heureuse prize in 1933. In the book, Flora, a socialite, is orphaned and forced to live with relatives in the country. Flora tries to bring order and sense to the gloomy Starkadders on Cold Comfort Farm. To the delight of readers, this novel has been adapted several times as successful British films. Stella Gibbons died on December 19, 1989 in London. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno


Opere di Stella Gibbons

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) 5,768 copie
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Westwood (1946) 231 copie
Starlight (1967) 124 copie
The Matchmaker (1949) 114 copie
The Bachelor (1944) 86 copie
Here Be Dragons (1956) 62 copie
My American (1939) 52 copie
The Woods in Winter (1970) 46 copie
The Swiss Summer (1951) 42 copie
A Pink Front Door (1959) 41 copie
Pure Juliet (2016) 34 copie
Bassett (1933) 33 copie
Ticky (1943) 30 copie
White Sand and Grey Sand (1958) 29 copie
The Weather at Tregulla (1962) 27 copie
The Rich House (1941) 26 copie
The Snow-Woman (1968) 25 copie
The Charmers (1965) 25 copie
Enbury Heath (1935) 20 copie
The Yellow Houses (2016) 14 copie
Miss Linsey and Pa (1936) 8 copie
The Shadow of a Sorcerer (1955) 5 copie
Beside the Pearly Water (1954) 4 copie
The Untidy Gnome (1935) 3 copie
Collected Poems (1950) 2 copie
Teatime mit Kuh (2023) 1 copia

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Informazioni generali

Nome canonico
Gibbons, Stella
Nome legale
Gibbons, Stella Dorothea
Data di nascita
Data di morte
Luogo di sepoltura
Highgate Cemetery, London, England, UK
Nazione (per mappa)
England, UK
Luogo di nascita
London, England, UK
Luogo di morte
London, England, UK
Luogo di residenza
London, England, UK
North London Collegiate School for Girls
University College London (Dipl.|1922 -- Journalism)
Attività lavorative
short-story writer
Oliver, Reggie (nephew)
Webb, Allan (husband)
The Evening Standard
The Lady
British United Press
Premi e riconoscimenti
Femina Vie Heureuse Prize (1933)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (1950)
Breve biografia
Stella Gibbons was born in the Hampstead area of north London, the daughter of a melodramatic family. Her father was a respected physician, but violent and tyrannical. She attended North London Collegiate School for Girls and University College London. In 1924, she began working as a journalist for the British United Press news agency and later wrote for publications such as The Evening Standard and The Lady magazine. In 1933, she married Allan Bourne Webb, an actor and vocalist, with whom she had a daughter.
Her first published poetic work was the collection Mountain Beast (1930), but she attracted enduring fame with her amusing, satirical novel Cold Comfort Farm in 1932. It won her the prestigious Prix Femina Vie Heureuse in 1933. Stella Gibbons was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1950. She published her last novel in 1970 but continued to write for her own pleasure.



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An odd little book. I hadn't read any Stella Gibbons previously, and came at this book with no preconceptions. I admired the writing and the manner in which Gibbons tells this story and portrays the characters. There seems to be a constant undertone of conflict (or tension) - among the characters, among the time in which the book is set, and among the various values that the author subsumes the narrative with.
vscauzzo | 3 altre recensioni | Jan 29, 2024 |
A British classic written in 1944, the characters are varied and many, a series of uninvited guests invade Sunglades, the house of siblings Constance and Kenneth Fielding. (I love how the British names their houses) A friend and her son and a beautiful, young immigrant from Bariamia, who has been employed as a housekeeper are the first of many house guests that upset the peace of the household. The writing is lovely and the characters are well written, with some witty descriptions of all the characters which made me chuckle quite often. I understand The Bachelor is not as goods as Gibbons earlier novel Cold Comfort Farm; I thought this was very good so I think I’m going to love Cold Comfort Farm. Recommend….… (altro)
almin | 3 altre recensioni | Dec 19, 2023 |
Quirky English story. I could see how it would be made into a movie. Easy read.
SteveMcI | 220 altre recensioni | Dec 14, 2023 |
Cold Comfort Farm is, as one friend described, "a wonderfully snippy takeoff of rural-England novels full of steaming middens and dripping thatches, and what happens when a plucky young heroine decides to fix things up; a bit like what might happen if Austen's Emma visited some of Thomas Hardy's characters."

That said, it's been a long time since I've been this happy to be done with a book! My friend's thoughts above sum up the book perfectly, and it's probably a great read if one is in the mood for that. Apparently, I was NOT in the mood for that this week and the book ended up being irritating. It could be, also, that the characters reminded me too much of my own rural family. Ha! Still, I'm happy to have completed one more book from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. But, like several others I've read from that list, I probably could have died without reading this one.… (altro)
classyhomemaker | 220 altre recensioni | Dec 11, 2023 |


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