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by Dorothy Strachey,Regina Marler

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ISBN: 1573442429
Author: Dorothy Strachey,Regina Marler
Language: English
Publisher: Cleis Press (May 5, 2006)
Pages: 176
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 280
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Dorothy Strachey Bussy first published this anonymously under the name Olivia and based it loosely on things that happened to her when she was a teenager away at school and fell in love with one of her teachers

Dorothy Strachey Bussy first published this anonymously under the name Olivia and based it loosely on things that happened to her when she was a teenager away at school and fell in love with one of her teachers. This is something that has been written been many times before, but somehow here it seems fresh and just a little too much to bear at times.

Olivia is the only novel by Dorothy Bussy (but not her only personal literary work); it was published in 1949 by Hogarth Press, the publishing house founded by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Bussy wrote it in French and signed her work with the pseudonym "Olivia. Olivia" had been the name of one of Dorothy's sisters who died in infancy. The book was translated into English and then retranslated back into French

The chapter from Dorothy Strachey's Olivia, which deals with the well-worn topic of a schoolgirl's love for her teacher . This novel by Dorothy Strachey, sister of famous biographer and eccentric, Lytton Strachey, is a little jewel of a well-written novel.

The chapter from Dorothy Strachey's Olivia, which deals with the well-worn topic of a schoolgirl's love for her teacher, seems fresh and beautifully done" (Julie Burchill Sunday Times). Probably based on Dorothy's experiences in a girl's school, it describes a English teenager's crush on a school mistress in late 19th century France. This novel is not about sex or being a lesbian.

This novel by Dorothy Strachey, sister of famous biographer and eccentric, Lytton Strachey, is a little jewel of a well-written novel. The brilliant Regina Marler has contributed an elegant introduction in which she very simply and directly lays out the facts about Dorothy Strachey's strange, privileged life, and dashes our hopes at once by letting us know that this is no memoir, it is that rarer more courageous thing, a novel.

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The chapter from Dorothy Strachey's Olivia, which deals with the well-worn topic of a schoolgirl's love for her teacher, seems fresh and beautifully done" show more. Perfectly captures the breathless excitement of adolescent passion" Sarah Waters "A remarkable novel which is unique in its presentation of the female mind and emotions in teachers and pupils at a girls' school.

By: Regina Marler and Dorothy Strachey. Dorothy Strachey's classic Olivia captures the awakening passions of an English adolescent sent away for a year to a small finishing school outside Paris. The innocent but watchful Olivia develops an infatuation for her headmistress, Mlle. Julie, and through this screen of love observes the tense romance between Mlle. Julie and the other head of the school, Mlle.

Perfectly captures the breathless excitement of adolescent passion" Sarah Waters "A remarkable novel which is unique in its presentation of the female mind and emotions in teachers and pupils at a girls' school.

OLIVIA - Lumen 1975 - 1ª ed. by OLIVIA (Strachey, Dorothy) and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles .

Yet not unlike the author of Olivia, she remained on the sidelines of the literary life, imbued with a creative passion for allusion, but dedicating herself instead to the service of her family, all of whom grew to become recognized literary figures.

San Francisco: Cleis, 2006. The upper cover and spine list the author as: ‘Dorothy Strachey (Writing as ‘Olivia’). London: Vintage, 2008. This adhesive-bound Vintage Classics paperback lists the author as ‘Dorothy Strachey’ on the spine and simply ‘Strachey’ on the upper cover. A small biography of Strachey is included on the second page of the book.

Considered one of the most subtle and beautifully written lesbian novels of the century, this 1949 classic returns to print in a Cleis Press edition.Dorothy Strachey’s classic Olivia captures the awakening passions of an English adolescent sent away for a year to a small finishing school outside Paris. The innocent but watchful Olivia develops an infatuation for her headmistress, Mlle. Julie, and through this screen of love observes the tense romance between Mlle. Julie and the other head of the school, Mlle. Cara, in its final months.Although not strictly autobiographical, Olivia draws on the author’s experiences at finishing schools run by the charismatic Mlle. Marie Souvestre, whose influence lived on through former students like Natalie Barney and Eleanor Roosevelt. Olivia was dedicated to the memory of Strachey’s friend Virginia Woolf and published to acclaim in 1949. Colette wrote the screenplay for the 1951 film adaptation of the novel. In 1999, Olivia was included on the Publishing Triangle’s widely publicized list of the 100 Best Gay and Lesbian Novels of the 20th Century.

Comments:

Crazy
This book is written eloquently for the most part and mainly consists of a dreamy type of idealization. The story is simple; girl goes to school in France, girl loves her teacher, teacher has to leave -that's about it. It is a short work(thank God) and just didn't really impact me much(okay I hated it and wanted to tear it up). Essentially, the teacher is made out to be this fantasy-like perfect person that many of the girls love while Olivia who is young and naive tries to figure out if her feelings toward the teacher are based on more than just respect and admiration. The book goes on...and on..and on.. about how perfect the teacher is, about how her voice sounds about how she does this and that, about how rare her blood type is(okay I made that last one up but you get the point). I easily could have gone the rest of my life without reading this and made it just fine.
I will say, I get this is a story of self-discovery and blah blah blah and I think it had potential that was wasted on some lackluster story. By the end of the book my biggest takeaway was, "Holy shit, it's finally over." So, that aspect of the book made me pretty happy(sadly enough). Some people might like it and that's cool I'm not saying you have bad taste(hell maybe you do, I don't know, maybe I do). Literature is often subjective, I'm just saying I would rather walk over a hot bed of coals(or glass, or both) than read this again. I felt no connection with any of the characters, probably because the whole book was about how flawless the teacher is. You'd seriously think the teacher could walk on water, or grow money on a tree or hell, grant you three wishes or something immortal like that. I never knew 100 pages could be so dreadfully painful. I'd recommend this book if you: 1. want to fall asleep 2. want to be really super annoyed 3. want to wish you never read it 4. want to make a bad day worse 5. have plenty of aspirin to take 6. find yourself in the apocalypse and this is the only book left
BOND
This short novel written by Dorothy Strachey (her only novel) in the 1940s captures the thrill of first adolescent love. There is nothing salacious or tasteless about Olivia's intense feelings for the young woman who is her teacher. What is left unsaid, is whether the feelings are reciprocal.
Framokay
This novel by Dorothy Strachey, sister of famous biographer and eccentric, Lytton Strachey, is a little jewel of a well-written novel. Probably based on Dorothy's experiences in a girl's school, it describes a English teenager's crush on a school mistress in late 19th century France. This novel is not about sex or being a lesbian. It is about anticipation and the overwhelming need for affection and approval. It is a classic, "coming of age" novel with (for once!) a young girl instead of a young boy. Quick, enthralling read!
Goldendragon
I bought this book for a friend. It was listed as a paperback but was actually hardbound. My friend is thrilled with the book. He says that the quality is outstanding and the art is wonderful. It is his absolute favorite book.
Trex
The artist is great. The only problem I have with this is the quality of print. I did not receive the deluxe edition like I thought I would. But again...this does not take away from the actual artist and the pieces in this book.
Ferne
great
Jorad
This is a beautiful over sized book with over 100 of the best of Olivia. The reproduction quality and paper quality are amazing. A must buy for any lover of pin-up art or Vargus.
It is a beautifully written very frank description of a young adolescents experience in a boarding school. The sensitivity of feeling the othentic emotions and the sadness of growing up in a world of prejudice is very truthfully described.

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