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 — 41,939 ratings — published 1932 — 81 editions
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Nightingale Wood

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3.67 avg rating — 1,584 ratings — published 1938 — 18 editions
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Westwood

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3.52 avg rating — 633 ratings — published 1946 — 9 editions
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Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

3.36 avg rating — 1,031 ratings — published 1940 — 16 editions
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Starlight

3.51 avg rating — 222 ratings — published 1967 — 5 editions
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Conference At Cold Comfort ...

3.16 avg rating — 419 ratings — published 1949 — 10 editions
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The Bachelor

3.83 avg rating — 196 ratings — published 1944 — 9 editions
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The Matchmaker

3.48 avg rating — 207 ratings — published 1949 — 6 editions
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Here Be Dragons

3.55 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 1956 — 6 editions
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Pure Juliet

3.10 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 2016 — 4 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

“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

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Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages, 1956
 
  42 votes, 53.2%

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages, 1932
 
  37 votes, 46.8%

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