Stella Gibbons


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
January 05, 1902

Died
December 19, 1989

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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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Cold Comfort Farm

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3.91 avg rating — 38,548 ratings — published 1932 — 75 editions
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Nightingale Wood

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3.67 avg rating — 1,496 ratings — published 1938 — 18 editions
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Westwood

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3.49 avg rating — 580 ratings — published 1946 — 8 editions
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Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

3.35 avg rating — 887 ratings — published 1940 — 14 editions
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Conference At Cold Comfort ...

3.16 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 1949 — 10 editions
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Starlight

3.53 avg rating — 196 ratings — published 1967 — 4 editions
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The Bachelor

3.86 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 1944 — 8 editions
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The Matchmaker

3.46 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 1949 — 4 editions
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Here Be Dragons

3.52 avg rating — 137 ratings — published 1956 — 6 editions
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Pure Juliet

3.08 avg rating — 130 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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“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

“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

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

Polls

November 2015 New School Classics Group Read

1988, Matilda by Roald Dahl, 240 pages
 
  26 votes, 17.3%

1982, Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  25 votes, 16.7%

1997, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 434 pages
 
  17 votes, 11.3%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.0%

1988, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, 197 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.7%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.3%

1932, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.3%

1989, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, 288 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.7%

 
  7 votes, 4.7%

 
  5 votes, 3.3%

1932, The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth, 352 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.7%

 
  4 votes, 2.7%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1928, Quicksand by Nella Larsen, 192 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

1939, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, 243 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

1931, The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque, 352 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1997, Out by Natsuo Kirino, 400 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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