Private enterprise: the country diary of an Edwardian lady and female fan communities: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady and female fan communities

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Abstract

Edith Holden(1871-1920) is the naturalist celebrated for her bestselling Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (written 1906, published posthumously 1977). This book of natural observations, paintings, and poetry remained at the top of the British Sunday Times bestseller list for a record- breaking sixty-three weeks and sold prolifically throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. In the subsequent decade, public demand for information about the little-known author led to a biography and television drama, while the diary itself inspired an international tourist and merchandising industry which encompassed (to name only a few examples) books of gardening, cookery, crafts, household furnishings, and food.
LanguageEnglish
Pages249-271
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Popular Culture
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2007

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Keywords

  • Edith Holden
  • biography
  • english studies
  • Edwardian history
  • gender
  • women

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