Stella Gibbons





Stella Gibbons

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born
in London, The United Kingdom
January 05, 1902

died
December 19, 1989

gender
female

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Stella Dorothea Gibbons was an English novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer.

Her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm, won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize for 1933. A satire and parody of the pessimistic ruralism of Thomas Hardy, his followers and especially Precious Bain by Mary Webb -the "loam and lovechild" genre, as some called it, Cold Comfort Farm introduces a self-confident young woman, quite self-consciously modern, pragmatic and optimistic, into the grim, fate-bound and dark rural scene those novelists tended to portray.


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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 24,799 ratings — published 1932 — 54 editions
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 968 ratings — published 1938 — 17 editions
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 340 ratings — published 1946 — 6 editions
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Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm
3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 409 ratings — published 1940 — 11 editions
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Conference At Cold Comfort ...
3.14 of 5 stars 3.14 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 1949 — 10 editions
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Starlight
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 130 ratings — published 1967 — 4 editions
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1949 — 4 editions
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Here Be Dragons
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1956 — 6 editions
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More books by Stella Gibbons…
“One of the disadvantages of almost universal education was the fact that all kinds of persons acquired a familiarity with one's favorite writers. It gave one a curious feeling; it was like seeing a drunken stranger wrapped in one's dressing gown.”
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

“I saw something nasty in the woodshed.”
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

“Well, when I am fifty-three or so I would like to write a novel as good as Persuasion but with a modern setting, of course. For the next thirty years or so I shall be collecting material for it. If anyone asks me what I work at, I shall say, 'Collecting material'. No one can object to that.”
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

Polls

December 2014 New School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our December 2014 New School Classics group read?

1963, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 288 pages
 
  36 votes, 20.8%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
 
  19 votes, 11.0%

 
  18 votes, 10.4%

 
  17 votes, 9.8%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.1%

 
  14 votes, 8.1%

 
  13 votes, 7.5%

1932, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages
 
  13 votes, 7.5%

1918, My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 232 pages
 
  12 votes, 6.9%

 
  10 votes, 5.8%

1940, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 320 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

1992, Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, 630 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

1961, A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul, 623 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

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