Further reading

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E. M. Delafield print and ebooks

A few of EMD’s novels are still in print.

Diary of a Provincial Lady is available in editions from Penguin*, Virago*, Pan Macmillan* and Persephone. Not all editions include all four Provincial Lady novels, so do check.

Tension* has been republished by the British Library in its Women Writers series.

The War-workers has been republished by Victorian Secrets (print and ebook), with an introduction by me. I’m a co-owner of Victorian Secrets so purchases of this also yield a modest financial benefit.

Consequences has been republished by Persephone.

The Bloomsbury Reader series has good quality print-on-demand copies available of Thank Heaven Fasting*, The Way Things Are*, Faster! Faster!*, No One Now Will Know* and Late and Soon*. There are various other print-on-demand facsimile reprints around, but the quality is variable.

This ebook from Delphi Press includes a large number of EMD’s novels and non-fiction, plus the play To See Ourselves and the extremely rare People You Love.

Finally, various online archives and repositories have free access to some of EMD’s works:

Project Gutenberg (Consequences, The War-workers, Messalina of the Suburbs, The Optimist);

Internet Archive (includes a wide range of titles, some to borrow and others to download);

The Hathi Trust has several Delafield titles, but downloads are limited to Hathi Trust members.

Biographical works

There is one full-length biography of E.M. Delafield: Violet Powell’s The Life of a Provincial Lady (1988), authorised by Delafield’s daughter Rosamund Dashwood and drawing extensively on her recollections of her mother, as well as those friends still living at the time of its writing. Maurice McCullen’s 1985 study of Delafield contains significant biographical information and also benefited from Rosamund Dashwood’s input. Both books are now out of print, but there are secondhand copies of the Powell biographies out there; McCullen’s book can be borrowed from the Internet Archive using the link below.

McCullen, Maurice L. E. M. Delafield. Twayne, 1985.

Powell, Violet. The Life of a Provincial Lady. Heinemann, 1988.

Literary criticism and related works

Beauman, Nicola. A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel. Persephone Books, 2008.

Hammill, Faye. Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture Between the Wars*. University of Texas Press, 2007.

Johnson, R. Brimley. Some Contemporary Novelists (Women). Leonard Parsons, 1920 (pp177-184)

Mather, Rachel R. The Heirs of Jane Austen: Twentieth-Century Writers of the Comedy of Manners. P. Lang, 1996.

You can read my PhD thesis, E. M. Delafield and the feminist middlebrow, via Sussex Research Online: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51568/


EMD’s archive at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada: https://rbscarchives.library.ubc.ca/index.php/PseGm

The Modernist Archive Publishing Project page on EMD: https://www.modernistarchives.com/person/e-m-delafield

Simon Thomas’s book blog Stuck-in-a-Book has lots of reviews of EMD’s work: https://www.stuckinabook.com/tag/Delafield/

My reviews of EMD’s books at my old book blog: http://20thcenturyvox.blogspot.com/search/label/E.M. Delafield

Furrowed Middlebrow’s post about EMD’s daughter, Rosamond Dashwood (later Truelove): http://furrowedmiddlebrow.blogspot.com/2015/08/more-than-provincial-daughter-rosamund.html

Not updated for a while, but still useful, the Starcourse page on EMD: http://www.starcourse.org/emd/