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Book Title: Minnie's Room: The Peacetime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes|
The author of the book: Mollie Panter-Downes
Date of issue: 2002
ISBN 13: 9781903155240
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.92 MB
Edition: Persephone Books
Read full description of the books Minnie's Room: The Peacetime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes:Mollie Panter-Downes wrote stories and articles from England for the New Yorker through the Second World War and after. While the stories in Good Evening, Mrs Craven were set in England during the war, those in Minnie's Room were written later (1947-65). Many of them show people whose lives have been battered by the war and its aftermath. They're sometimes bleak, sometimes hilarious. The characters are ordinary people made interesting by details that pick up on their charming, absurd or pathetic individuality.
My favourite was 'The Old People' (1950) which had me laughing out loud over and over again with its portrait of a family forced to take the grandparents along on their annual seaside holiday. Here's a quote: "Cecily sometimes noticed [another hotel guest] gazing at her father-in-law with romantic respect, as though he detected on the old man's food-spotted waistcoat a plaque that said 'In this building, now ruined, Edward Munroe Darlington lived for many years'."
Read information about the authorMary Patricia "Mollie" Panter-Downes was a novelist and newspaper columnist for The New Yorker. Aged sixteen, she wrote The Shoreless Sea which became a bestseller; eight editions were published in 1923 and 1924, and the book was serialised in The Daily Mirror. Her second novel The Chase was published in 1925.
After her marriage to Aubrey Robinson in 1927, the couple moved to Surrey, and in 1938 Panter-Downes began writing for the New Yorker, first a series of short stories, and from September 1939, a column entitled Letter from London, which she wrote until 1984. The collected columns were later published as Letters from England (1940) and London War Notes (1972).
After visiting Ootacamund, in India, she wrote about the town, known to all as Ooty, in her New Yorker columns. This material was later published as Ooty preserved.
Mollie Panter-Downes died in Compton, Surrey, aged 90.
- The Shoreless Sea (1923)
- The Chase (1925)
- My Husband Simon (1931)
- One Fine Day (1947)
- Minnie's Room (Short stories collected between 1947–1965) Republished by Persephone Books in 2002.
- Good Evening, Mrs Craven (short stories collected between 1938–1944) Republished by Persephone Books in 1999.
- Ooty preserved: a Victorian hill station (1967).
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