E. M. Delafield

E. M. Delafield


E. M. Delafield (1890-1943), now best known for the comic classic Diary of a Provincial Lady, had an extensive and wide-ranging career. She wrote novels, plays, journalism and non-fiction, was a magistrate and a public speaker, a member of the board of the magazine Time and Tide, an active member of the Women's Institute; she was also mother to two children and managed the family home in Devon. I wrote my PhD thesis on Delafield, and have now embarked on a new biography.

This website brings together lots of the material I’ve discovered while researching EMD. There are bibliographies of her books and plays and summaries of all her fiction, a bibliography-in-progress of her journalism, and - since I’m an indexer - an index to the Provincial Lady novels. I’ll be adding information as I find it, and a blog page will be coming soon where I can share the results of my research into her life.

Banner image a cropped version of Road to Croyle House [EMD’s home for many years] by David Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Portrait photograph of E.M. Delafield by Howard Coster. Bromide print, 1930s. NPG x10670. Used under a Creative Commons Licence © National Portrait Gallery, London