Delafield, E M ___ 1890-1943 ___ British ___ writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Edmée Elizabeth Monica de la Pasture was born in Steyning, Sussex, the elder daughter of a count and a novelist. During the First World War, she worked as a nurse, and she published her first novel 'Zella Sees Herself'. In 1919, she married Major Paul Dashwood, and after two years in Malay States they returned to England and lived in Devon, where Dashwood became a land agent. They had two children, Lionel and Rosamund. Delafield was a prolific novelist, writing one or two books a year. But she is best remembered for the 'The Provincial Lady', a series she wrote for 'Time and Tide'. Although ostensibly fiction, the diary was thinly disguised autobiography. During the Second World War she did some work for the Ministry of Information and spent time in France.
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1930-1940g ___ domestic literary social family

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Diary of a Provincial Lady
The Provincial Lady Goes Further
The Provincial Lady in Wartime

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