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Harriet When A Handsome, Unscrupulous Fortune Hunter Approaches Harriet, A Young Woman Of Means Whom Most People Would Call Half Witted, No Good Can Result Elizabeth Jenkins S Artistry, However, Transforms The Bare Facts Of This Case From The Annals Of Victorian England S Old Bailey Into An Absolutely Spine Chilling Exploration Of The Depths Of Human Depravity.


About the Author: Elizabeth Jenkins

From Elizabeth Jenkins obituary in The New York Times As a novelist, Ms Jenkins was best known for The Tortoise and the Hare 1954 , the story of a disintegrating marriage between a barrister and his desperate wife that Hilary Mantel, writing in The Sunday Times of London in 1993, called as smooth and seductive as a bowl of cream Its author, Ms Mantel wrote, seems to know a good deal abou From Elizabeth Jenkins obituary in The New York Times As a novelist, Ms Jenkins was best known for The Tortoise and the Hare 1954 , the story of a disintegrating marriage between a barrister and his desperate wife that Hilary Mantel, writing in The Sunday Times of London in 1993, called as smooth and seductive as a bowl of cream Its author, Ms Mantel wrote, seems to know a good deal about how women think and how their lives are arranged what women collude in, what they fear To a wider public Ms Jenkins was known as the author of psychologically acute, stylishly written, accessible biographies Most dealt with important literary or historical figures, but in Joseph Lister 1960 she told the life of the English surgeon who pioneered the concept of sterilization in medicine, and in Dr Gully s Story 1972 she reconstructed a Victorian murder and love triangle Margaret Elizabeth Jenkins was born on Oct 31, 1905, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, where a year earlier her father had founded Caldicott, a prep school She studied English and history at Newnham College, Cambridge, where at the time women could take exams but not receive degrees The principal of the college was Pernel Strachey, sister of the biographer and Bloomsbury figure Lytton Strachey, and through her Ms Jenkins met Edith Sitwell and Leonard and Virginia Woolf She found the company intellectually distinguished but rude and unpleasant Woolf s description of Ms Jenkins s first novel, Virginia Water 1929 , as a sweet white grape of a book did not erase the impression Despite good reviews for her first novel and a three book deal with the publisher Victor Gollancz, Ms Jenkins began teaching English at King Alfred s School in Hampstead, where she remained until the outbreak of World War II In this period she wrote two of her most admired biographies, Lady Caroline Lamb 1932 and Jane Austen 1938 , as well as the chilling Harriet 1934 , a novel about the sufferings of a mentally disabled woman whose husband, a scheming clerk, marries for her money During the war Ms Jenkins worked for the Assistance Board, helping Jewish refugees and victims of the German air raids on London She later worked for the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Information Elizabeth the Great 1958 showed her biographical talents at their most effective Although she relied on the standard historical sources, Ms Jenkins added a psychological dimension to her portrait that other historians had scanted The historian Garrett Mattingly, in a review, wrote that Ms Jenkins is really not much interested in war and diplomacy, politics and finance Her specialty, he argued, was the human heart We believe Elizabeth Jenkins, he added, because, by imaginative insight and instinctive sympathy, she can make the figures of a remote historical pageant as real, as living, as three dimensional as characters in a novel Ms Jenkins returned to the Elizabethan period in Elizabeth and Leicester 1961 and roamed further afield in The Mystery of King Arthur 1975 and The Princes in the Tower 1978 In Six Criminal Women 1949 , she presented short studies of two murderers, a pickpocket, a blackmailer and a con artist living between the 14th and 19th centuries Awholesome gallery of characters was put on view in Ten Fascinating Women 1955 In 1940 she helped found the Jane Austen Society and took part in its campaign to buy Austen s house at Chawton, where Austen spent the last eight years of her life It is now a museum Her novels included Doubtful Joy 1935 , The Phoenix Nest 1936 , Robert and Helen 1944 , Brightness 1963 and Honey 1968 In 2004 Ms Jenkins published a memoir, The View From Downshire Hill Its title refers to the Hampstead neighborhood whe


10 thoughts on “Harriet

  1. says:

    it is a sad thing that Jenkins 1934 novel is not better known perhaps the darkness, realism, and tragedy that form the basis of this novel s insights on humanity s often predatory nature has precluded it from being embraced.the premise is simple enough take a natural from any given Austen novel those simple minded, childish, often greedy, but also often innately sweet women who the central heroines usually have to protect or at least work around and set her in a starkly realistic settin it is a sad thing that Jenkins 1934 novel is not better known perhaps the darkness, realism, and tragedy that form the basis of this novel s insights on humanity s often predatory nature has precluded it from being embraced.the premise is simple enough take a natural from any given Austen novel those simple minded, childish, often greedy, but also often innately sweet women who the central heroines usually have to protect or at least work around and set her in a starkly realistic setting approximately 50 years later, filled with characters who truly will do what they feel they have to do to obtain money and comfort although the language is similar charmingly nuanced and understated dialogue descriptive passages that are wry and subtle characters who are pleasingly well spoken and well mannered the result is very far from a comedy of manners Harriet s narrative is instead a grueling series of escalating predations and degradations, politely told because most people with ...

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    Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins was my first Persephone, and I feel this isn t the typical story that Persephone publishes it s dark, gritty, upsetting, andinterestingly a fictionalised version of real tragic events.It follows a woman called Harriet who is termed as a natural she has learning disabilities, and lives with her mother in a protective environment She is careful with her appearance, and has a great deal of money andto come into upon the death of her aunt On one of Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins was my first Persephone, and I feel this isn t the typical story that Persephone publishes it s dark, gritty, upsetting, andinterestingly a fictionalised version of real tragic events.It follows a woman called Harriet who is termed as a natural she has learning disabilities, and lives with her mother in a protective environment She is careful with her appearance, and has a great deal of money andto come into upon the death of her aunt On one of her customary visits to relatives, she comes into contact with Lewis Oman, and promptly falls for his romantic advances unaware that his real motive is to get his hands on her money.While I was reading this story, I was completely enraptured I didn t want to put it down at some points, because I was dying to know what would happen to the poor heroine Of course I knew how the story in real life ended, but there is nothing like a fictionalisation of a real story to bring so manyelements to it motives of characters, their own inner tho...

  3. says:

    One of Persephone s darkest novels based on the true story of the 1877 Penge Murder case.A story of cruelty,greed and passion, this book may not be everyone s cup of tea but it is so well written by E...

  4. says:

    As always, I m chatty Cathy about this book, so if you want the longie, you can go here otherwise, carry on with the short version.Originally written in 1934, Harriet is based on an actual British murder case from the 1870s known as The Penge Murder Mystery It is one of thedisturbing books I ve read, although I must say it is also one of the best crime novels I ve had in my hands in a very, very long time While information is widely available online about the Penge Murders or The Sta As always, I m chatty Cathy about this book, so if you want the longie, you can go here otherwise, carry on with the short version.Originally written in 1934, Harriet is based on an actual British murder case from the 1870s known as The Penge Murder Mystery It is one of thedisturbing boo...

  5. says:

    It was a crime involving almost unbelievable callousness and cruelty A half witted young woman named Harriet who had inherited a small fortune was living happily, and securely in the care of her mother Lewis Staunton, a good looking young man and a relentless criminal, saw his opportunity, and making love to the innocent, ignorant creature, got her away from her mother s protection and married her He then arranged for her to be boarded with ...

  6. says:

    Chilling, horrifying, and incredibly compelling A fantastic and sickening read.

  7. says:

    I went into this expecting a historical thriller and ended up getting an early true crime tale from 1934 Sometimes I don t mind being surprised, but this one fell a little flat.Since Jenkins took the real story of Harriet Staunton s murder and seems to have only changed last names of all the characters, I don t know why she didn t write straight up non fiction about the case Because the writing, while sometimes laboriously crafted like vintage Victorian fiction, readslike a report of the I went into this expecting a historical thriller and ended up getting an early true c...

  8. says:

    This has totally shocked me I am disturbed This novel, written by Elizabeth Jenkins is the true life account of the murder of a girl with learning difficulties in the late 1800s It is shocking how horrific humans can treat one another It has deeply upset me However strange that may seem, I did really enjoy it I have ...

  9. says:

    Es 1875 y Harriet Woodhouse, una dama soltera de 32 a os con una fortuna nada despreciable, vuelve de una visita a unos parientes pobres anunciando con entusiasmo su compromiso con el joven Lewis Oman, un corredor de subastas atractivo y encantador La madre de Harriet, alarmada, trata de disuadir a su hija haci ndole ver que es un cazafortunas que quiere aprovecharse de ella, y cuando Harriet no da su brazo a torcer, trata de acudir a la ley para declarar a su hija incapacitada, ya que Harriet Es 1875 y Harriet Woodhouse, una dama soltera de 32 a os con una fortuna nada despreciable, vuelve de una visita a unos parientes pobres anunciando con entusiasmo su compromiso con el joven Lewis Oman, un corredor de subastas atractivo y encantador La madre de Harriet, alarmada, trata de disuadir a su hija haci ndole ver que es un cazafortunas que quiere aprovecharse de ella, y cuando Harriet no da su brazo a torcer, trata de acudir a la ley para declarar a su hija incapacitada, ya que Harriet es discapac...

  10. says:

    This is definitely in my top 5 of Persephone books that I have enjoyed Set during the 1870s it tells the true story of a Harriet Richardson, a young lady with learning difficulties Having come into considerable wealth she becomes the target of Louis Saunton who eventually marries her for the money Along with Louis s brother Patrick , sister in law Elizabeth and mistres...

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