Elizabeth Cadell

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Elizabeth Cadell
Born(1903-11-10)November 10, 1903
DiedOctober 9, 1989(1989-10-09) (aged 85)
NationalityBritish
Other namesElizabeth Violet Cadell
Occupationwriter

Elizabeth Violet Cadell (née Vandyke) (November 10, 1903 – October 9, 1989)[1] was a 20th-century British writer. Born and raised in Calcutta, she was educated in England.[1] In 1928, she married H. D. R. M. Cadell; they had two children.[2] She spent her last years in Portugal.[3] Cadell sometimes used the pseudonym, Harriet Ainsworth.[4]

Writing[edit]

In Last Straw for Harriet (1947), Cadell writes a "social comedy of the first order, hilarious, gay and given just the right touch," according to The Courier-Journal.[5] Her second novel, Gay Pursuit (1948), tells the story of an American woman who marries into a British family who live in Devonshire.[6][7] Kirkus Reviews described the book as light entertainment.[8] The movie rights for Gay Pursuit were purchased by Twentieth Century Fox for $27,000 in 1948 with Rex Harrison meant to be the main star.[9][6] Later, it was decided that Harrison was "too old" to play the lead.[10] Gene Tierney was also meant to star in the picture.[10] Her next novel, River Lodge (1948), which was called "a pleasant, gay book which grips the attention from start to finish," by The Age.[11] Iris in Winter (1949) was considered a light, fun read by the Oakland Tribune.[12]

In 1950, she published the humorous ghost story, Brimstone in the Garden.[13] Elsa J. Radcliffe wrote in Gothic Novels of the Twentieth Century (1979) that the ghost in the novel was "one of the most amusing ghosts it has been my pleasure to meet."[4] Cadell's next novel, Enter Mrs. Belchamber (1951), told the story of a young man who needs to rely on the help of the "grim" Mrs. Belchamber.[14] Spring Green (1953) was called by The Observer an "unexpectedly good light romance of gentry, and Americans, love and mystery, in a remote English village."[15] The Marshfield News-Herald called Crystal Clear (1953), a book that "belongs in the category of English feminine comedy."[16] Around the Rugged Rock (1954) is set in Andalusia and is a light comedic romance.[17] Money to Burn (1955) was reviewed by Virginia Jones for the Paducah Sun, who said, "If you want to start the New Year off in a spirit of utter good humor, read "Money to Burn."[18] Jones later reviewed The Lark Shall Sing (1955) and described it as a fun, easy read.[19] This novel was adapted for an episode of NBC Matinee Theater in 1956.[20] Shadows on the Water (1957) is a murder mystery set in Lisbon.[21]

In 1960, her novel The Yellow Brick Road was chosen by the American Library Association as an "Interesting Adult Book of 1960 for Young People."[22] The Yellow Brick Road is a story that has both suspense and fantasy elements.[23] In 1961, she wrote Six Impossible Things which centered on the Wayne family who had already been featured in other stories by her.[24] The Corner Shop (1967) had "intriguing" reviews, according to Ann Matthews in the Medina County Gazette.[25] The Baltimore Sun praised The Corner Shop for its "brisk pace" and "crisp dialogue."[26] The Golden Collar (1969) is another entertaining romantic story that Kirkus Reviews calls a "proper treat."[27]

In The Past Tense of Love (1970), a young woman is reunited with her long lost mother in France.[28] Marcia M. Baker in The Cincinnati Enquirer, wrote that The Past Tense of Love was "Good for reading while under a hairdryer, or on the beach, or in a hammock."[29] Cadell's twenty-fifth novel, The Friendly Air, was published in 1971 and was set in Portugal.[30] A review in The Daily News-Journal called The Friendly Air an "engaging, fascinating, moving and romantically-mysterious" book.[31] Home for the Wedding (1972) was reviewed by The Morning Call who called it "formula fiction by a veteran author who specializes in love stories."[32] Library Journal found the plot of The Fledgling to be "implausible, but absorbing and entertaining."[33]

Library Journal found The Marrying Kind (1980) to be a "witty tale" set in both England and Paris.[34] A Lion In the Way (1982) is set in India and was recommended for most library collections by Library Journal.[35] Library Journal called The Waiting Game (1985) a "deftly plotted story of misdirected love and unrealized relationships."[36]

Novels[edit]

Waynes of Wood Mount series[edit]

  • The Lark Shall Sing or The Singing Heart (1955)
  • The Blue Sky of Spring (1956)
  • Six Impossible Things (1961)[37]

Other novels[edit]

  • My Dear Aunt Flora (1946)
  • Last Straw for Harriet or Fishy, Said the Admiral (1947)
  • Gay Pursuit (1948)
  • River Lodge (1948)
  • Iris in Winter (1949)
  • Brimstone in the Garden (1950)
  • Enter Mrs. Belchamber or The Frenchman and the Lady (1951)
  • The Greenwood Shady (1951)
  • Sun in the Morning (1951)
  • Men and Angels (1952)
  • Journey’s Eve ou Crystal Clear (1953)
  • Spring Green (1953)
  • When Gentlemen Go By or Around the Rugged Rock (1954)
  • The Cuckoo in Spring (1954)
  • Money to Burn (1955)
  • Consider the Lilies (1955), as Harriet Ainsworth
  • I Love a Lass (1956)
  • Bridal Array (1957)
  • Shadow on the Water (1957)
  • Sugar Candy Cottage (1958)
  • The Green Empress (1958)
  • Death and Miss Dane (1959)
  • Honey for Tea (1961)
  • The Toy Sword or Language of the Heart (1962)
  • Mixed Marriage: The Diary of a Portuguese Bride (1963)
  • Letter to My Love (1963)
  • Be My Guest (1964)
  • Death Among Friends (1964)
  • The Corner Shop (1966)
  • The Stratton Story or Mrs. Westerby Chamges Course (1967)
  • The Golden Collar (1969)
  • The Friendly Air (1970)
  • The Past Tense of Love (1970)
  • Come Be My Guest (1971)
  • Home for the Wedding (1971)
  • The Haymaker (1972)
  • Royal Summons (1972)
  • Deck with Flowers (1973)
  • The Fledgling (1975)
  • Game in Diamonds (1976)
  • Return Match (1976)[38]
  • Parson’s House (1977)
  • The Round Dozen (1978)
  • Family Gathering (1979)
  • The Marrying Kind (1980)
  • Any Two Can Play (1981)
  • A Lion in the Way (1982)
  • Remain to Be Seen (1983)
  • The Waiting Game (1985)[39]
  • The Empty Nest (1986)
  • Out of the Rain (1987)

Crime novels (partial list)[edit]

  • Consider the Lilies (1955)
  • Shadow on the Water (1958)
  • Alice, Where are Thou? (1959)
  • The Yellow Brick Road (1960)
  • Canary Yellow (1965)
  • The Fox From His Lair (1965)
  • The Stratton Story (1967)
  • Deck with Flowers (1989)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "(Violet) Elizabeth Cadell." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003. Literature Resource Center, https://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/H1000014759/LitRC?u=maine_orono&sid=LitRC&xid=0470f1b3. Accessed 28 Aug. 2018.
  2. ^ Branch, Susan (1990). "Cadell, (Violet) Elizabeth". In Henderson, Lesley (ed.). Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers (2nd ed.). St. James Press. ISBN 978-0912289977.
  3. ^ Fantastic Fiction
  4. ^ a b Radcliffe, Elsa J. (1979). Gothic Novels of the Twentieth Century: An Annotated Bibliography. London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. pp. 33–34. ISBN 9780810811904.
  5. ^ "Short Shrift: Reviews In a Nutshell". The Courier-Journal. 25 May 1947. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b Schallert, Edwin (26 March 1948). "20th Buys 'Gay Pursuit' for Filming in Britain". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Bry, Adelaide (12 September 1948). "Escape to an English Estate". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Gay Pursuit". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  9. ^ Brady, Thomas F. (24 March 1948). "Fox buys two novels as possible films". The New York Times. p. 30.
  10. ^ a b Hopper, Hedda (16 September 1948). "Rex is Too Old for Tierney". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Forceful Character Novel". The Age. 9 April 1949. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Winter Tale is Summer Fare". Oakland Tribune. 23 October 1949. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Driver, Lottie E. (26 November 1950). "Library Corner Book World". Daily Press. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "New Books". The Missoulian. 10 December 1951. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ Laski, Marghanita (2 August 1953). "Private Lives". The Observer. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "New Books". Marshfield News-Herald. 24 October 1953. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ Clarke, Marion Turner (2 April 1954). "Around the Rugged Rock". The Evening Sun. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ Jones, Virginia (6 January 1955). "'Money to Burn' Is Too Good to Miss". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ Jones, Virginia (15 September 1955). "The Lark Shall Sing, A Book Filled With Laughter, Buoyancy". The Paducah Sun. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Guide to NBC Matinee Theater Scripts of Programs" (PDF). New York Public Library. June 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  21. ^ "New Books In Library Include Novels By Known Authors". The Eagle. 29 August 1959. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  22. ^ "Adult Books for Young People". The English Journal. 50 (4): 245. April 1961.
  23. ^ Jones, Julia M. (11 June 1960). "From.. The Book Shelves". The Greenwood Commonwealth. Retrieved 2018-08-29 – via Newspapers.com.
  24. ^ "New Books in the Lebanon Community Library". Lebanon Daily News. 15 June 1961. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  25. ^ Matthews, Ann (3 January 1967). "Winter Flowers Are Exciting". Medina County Gazette. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  26. ^ Henry, Helen (29 January 1967). "Intriguing Blend of Mystery, Romance". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  27. ^ "The Golden Collar". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  28. ^ "The People Ahead of the Gold Rush". The Town Talk. 10 May 1970. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  29. ^ Baker, Marcia M. (16 July 1970). "The Past Tense of Love". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  30. ^ "New Books in the Public Library". Estherville Daily News. 31 March 1971. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  31. ^ S., D. (21 March 1971). "Friendly Air, Good Story". The Daily News-Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  32. ^ "Formula Fiction Plays On Romantic Themes". The Morning Call. 23 January 1972. Retrieved 2018-09-01 – via Newspapers.com.
  33. ^ Money, Darlene (15 February 1975). "The Fledgling (Book)". Library Journal. 100 (4): 407 – via EBSCOhost.
  34. ^ Zajchowski, Carol A. (15 March 1980). "The Marrying Kind (Book)". Library Journal. 105 (6): 741 – via EBSCOhost.
  35. ^ Hinkemeyer, Joan (April 1982). "A Lion In the Way (Book)". Library Journal. 107 (7): 744 – via EBSCOhost.
  36. ^ Parker, Barbara (March 1985). "The Waiting Game (Book)". Library Journal. 110 (4): 101 – via EBSCOhost.
  37. ^ https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/elizabeth-cadell-16/six-impossible-things-2/
  38. ^ https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/elizabeth-cadell-23/return-match/
  39. ^ https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/elizabeth-cadell-11/the-waiting-game-2/

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