'Perfectly captures the breathless excitement of adolescent passion' Sarah Waters
When Olivia turns sixteen she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful and charismatic teacher. But Madamoiselle Julie's life is not as straightforward as Olivia imagines and the school year is destined to end abruptly in tragedy.
'A remarkable novel which is unique in its presentation of the female mind and emotions in teachers and pupils at a girls' school. It has a strange combination of strength and delicacy.' The Times
Author Bio:Dorothy Strachey (1865-1960) was the sister of the novelist Lytton Strachey and a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group. She was André Gide's main English translator. Olivia, originally published under a pseudonym, is her only novel.When Olivia turns 16 she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful & charismatic teacher. But Madamoiselle Julie's life is not as straightforward as Olivia imagines & the school year is destined to end abruptly in tragedy.
Review:Perfectly captures the breathless excitement of adolescent passion
A remarkable novel which is unique in its presentation of the female mind and emotions in teachers and pupils at a girls' school. It has a strange combination of strength and delicacy
It is the story of an overheated emotional glasshouse, of an awakening and febrile yearnings, of the anguished decoding of tiny signals of intention from the beloved, of fervid alliances and bitter jealousies between two factions of girls, and the falling out of the two teachers they adore, with a shattering conclusion
The chapter from Dorothy Strachey's Olivia, which deals with the well-worn topic of a schoolgirl's love for her teacher, seems fresh and beautifully done
Sunday Times - Julie Burchill
A narrative of sheer emotion... Olivia achieves the purity of classic tragedy
New York Times Book Review
- Dorothy Bussy
- United Kingdom
- Vintage classics
- Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- Publication Date
- 05 Jun 2008
- Dewey Code
- 823.914 (edition:22)
- Media Format
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