✓ Seven Scamps ↠ Elinor M. Brent-Dyer


  • Title: Seven Scamps
  • Author: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
  • ISBN: 1847451640
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback

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    Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
    Elinor M Brent Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old In 1912, her brother Henzell died at age seventeen of cerebro spinal fever After her father died, her mother remarried in 1913.Elinor was educated at a small local private school in South Shields and returned there to teach when she was eighteen after spending two years at the City of Leeds Training College Her teaching career spanned 36 years, during which she taught in a wide variety of state and private schools in the northeast, in Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, and finally in Hereford.In the early 1920s she adopted the name Elinor Mary Brent Dyer A holiday she spent in the Austrian Tyrol at Pertisau am Achensee gave her the inspiration for the first location in the Chalet School series However, her first book, Gerry goes to school, was published in 1922 and was written for the child actress Hazel Bainbridge Her first Chalet story, The School at the Chalet, was originally published in 1925.In 1930, the same year that Jean of Storms was serialised, she converted to Roman Catholicism.In 1933 the Brent Dyer household she lived with her mother and stepfather until her mother s death in 1957 moved to Hereford She travelled daily to Peterchurch as a governess.When her stepfather died she started her own school in Hereford, The Margaret Roper School It was non denominational but with a strong religious tradition Many Chalet School customs were followed, the girls even wore a similar uniform made in the Chalet School s colours of brown and flame Elinor was rather untidy, erratic and flamboyant and not really suited to being a headmistress After her school closed in 1948 she devoted most of her time to writing.Elinor s mother died in 1957 and in 1964 Brent Dyer moved to Redhill, where she lived in a joint establishment with fellow school story author Phyllis Matthewman and her husband, until her death on 20th September 1969.During her lifetime Elinor M Brent Dyer published 101 books but she is remembered mainly for her Chalet School series The series numbers 59 books and is the longest surviving series of girls school stories ever known, having been continuously in print for than 70 years 100,000 paperback copies are still being sold each year Among her published books are other school stories family, historical, adventure and animal stories a cookery book, and four educational geography readers She also wrote plays and numerous unpublished poems and was a keen musician.In 1994, the year of the centenary of her Elinor Brent Dyer s birth, Friends of the Chalet School put up plaques in Pertisau, South Shields and Hereford, and a headstone was erected on her grave in Redstone Cemetery, since there was not one previously They also put flowers on her grave on the anniversaries of her birth and death and on other special occasions.


    Commentaires:

    LH Johnson
    This is such a delightfully weird book I m aware that s a label that can be applied to much of Brent Dyer s work for me, but here it feels particularly pertinent The Seven Scamps are actually a bunch of brats, abandoned by their restless father who goes off abroad, picks himself up a new wife with a daughter of her own, and then pops back There s some mad oddness here, with the father being attracted to his new wife and her daughter because of the daughter s blonde plaits, a theme that carries o [...]

    Verity W
    I liked the first half of this which is full of some of my favourite EBDisms but then it slowed down in the second half and I found it a bit of a trudge to get to the end possibly not helped by the fact that I hadn t read any of the other La Rochelle books.Glad I read it though.

    Deborah
    If you are only ever going to read one EBD just to see what her fans are on about then do make it this one, because Seven Scamps contains all the EBD essentials starred below And because of this it is completely, utterly, and above all enjoyably, bonkers view spoiler The scamps of the title are the children of wealthy Sir Piers Willoughby, who goes off on Expeditions abroad While he is away the motherless crew run rings around the team of devoted servants who are supposed to be looking after the [...]

    Katherine Bruce
    One senses that EBD wanted to experiment here with writing Really Bad Children in a way that she knew would not be acceptable in any kind of school environment, and she probably enjoyed it very much at the same time This is very unlike a lot of her work in tone, although there are some common threads such as parent child relationships and recovering from a severe illness Tellingly, though, the subject of religion receives two interesting mentions, first on the day when first Tim and then Sancho [...]

    Sarah
    Classic Brent Dyer All the people in the middle get a bit confusing if you ve not read the earlier books in the series though.

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