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Edwardian/WWI-era fiction at Edwardian Promenade

February 1, 2012

There have been a lot of articles and blog posts floating around lately about what to read if you’re into Downton Abbey. One in particular, which talked about Elizabeth von Arnim apropos of one character giving a copy of Elizabeth and Her German Garden to another, made Evangeline at Edwardian Promenade say, “hey, what about Elinor Glyn?” Which, obviously, is the correct response to everything. And then I read it, and thought, “yeah, Elizabeth and her German Garden was popular when it came out in 1898, but would people really be trying to get each other to read a fifteen year-old(ish) novel by a German author during World War I?” And then we decided that we could probably come up with an excellent list of Edwardian and World War I-era fiction that tied in the Downton Abbey. And so we did.

It’s a pretty casual list, mostly composed of things we came up with off the tops of out heads, a bit of research on Evangeline’s part and a bit of flipping through advertisements on mine, so we’re making no claims to be exhaustive. If you have suggestions for additions to the list, leave a comment.

6 comments

  1. Fanny Goes To War would be another good edition to the nursing section.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16521/16521-h/16521-h.htm


    • Cool. I will check it out. Thanks!


  2. Downloaded “The Type-writer Girl”, as I really like Grant Allen, and missed this one due to the nom de plume. It sounds as though it will be just my thing.


    • Yeah, I haven’t read it either, but the combination of the description and the fact that it’s by Grant Allen makes it very appealing.


  3. ADDITION. Not edition. Yeeks. I’ve forgotten how to spell.


    • :) It happens to us all at times.



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