Elizabeth and Her German Garden

Elizabeth and Her German Garden was the first book published by author Elizabeth Von Arnim Originally published in 1898, the semi autobiographical novel written about a rural idyll became a highly successful book which was subsequently reprinted twenty one times within its first year This witty and sacrcastic novel has kept the attention of readers for over a century, anElizabeth and Her German Garden was the first book published by author Elizabeth Von Arnim Originally published in 1898, the semi autobiographical novel written about a rural idyll became a highly successful book which was subsequently reprinted twenty one times within its first year This witty and sacrcastic novel has kept the attention of readers for over a century, and once you read this title for the first time, you will be unable to stop rereading it for many years to come.
Elizabeth and Her German Garden Elizabeth and Her German Garden was the first book published by author Elizabeth Von Arnim Originally published in the semi autobiographical novel written about a rural idyll became a highly suc

  • Title: Elizabeth and Her German Garden
  • Author: Elizabeth von Arnim
  • ISBN: 9781594621826
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
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    Elizabeth von Arnim

    Elizabeth, Countess Russell, was a British novelist and, through marriage, a member of the German nobility, known as Mary Annette Gr fin von Arnim.Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia, she was raised in England and in 1891 married Count Henning August von Arnim, a Prussian aristocrat, and the great great great grandson of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia She had met von Arnim during an Italian tour with her father They married in London but lived in Berlin and eventually moved to the countryside where, in Nassenheide, Pomerania, the von Arnims had their family estate The couple had five children, four daughters and a son The children s tutors at Nassenheide included E M Forster and Hugh Walpole.In 1898 she started her literary career by publishing Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a semi autobiographical novel about a rural idyll published anonymously and, as it turned out to be highly successful, reprinted 21 times within the first year Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden.Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell s elder brother The marriage ended in disaster, with Elizabeth escaping to the United States and the couple finally agreeing, in 1919, to get a divorce She also had an affair with H G Wells.She was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield whose real name was Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp.Elizabeth von Arnim spent her old age in London, Switzerland, and on the French Riviera When World War II broke out she permanently took up residence in the United States, where she died in 1941, aged 74.

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    • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Elizabeth and her German Garden is a semi-autobiographical book written in 1898 by Elizabeth von Arnim (author of The Enchanted April) about her life and garden in the area of Nassenheide, Pomerania, where the family had their estate (her husband was minor nobility).Pomerania is an area in the northeast part of Germany and northwest part of Poland, on the south shores of the Baltic Sea. Random interesting trivia: it's also the home of Malbork Castle, the largest castle in the world:This book is [...]

    • Duane said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Fictional autobiography would be the proper way to describe this book. Elizabeth is snarky and opinionated but in such an adorable way that you can't help but like her. All she wants to do is take care of her large garden and her three young children, and be left alone. She tolerates her husband and refers to him as the "Man of Wrath". He "talks the talk" but Elizabeth doesn't let him "walk the walk". Her oldest baby girl is five, born in April and is appropriately called "The April Baby". The f [...]

    • Diane Barnes said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Totally loved Elizabeth and her snarky, honest self. She wants to be left alone to enjoy her garden and her books. I can completely identify.

    • Sarah said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Has there ever been an author/protagonist that you lovedbut that you weren't sure others would love that you felt compelled to defend her anyone else had even said anything?For me, this is one of those books! I adore Elizabeth, both the author and the protagonist. However, I do get the sense that, being privileged, being sheltered, and being solitary, besides, she wasn't always aware of how she sounded. It's not me judging her, mind you. It's those awful peopleat I made up.I, myself, couldn't ha [...]

    • Diane said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      A lovely novel about an English noblewoman who lives in a house in Germany with a beautiful garden. Elizabeth dislikes her husband -- who she calls the Man of Wrath -- and she keeps a wicked and humorous commentary in her diary entries. She prefers to spend as much of her day as possible outdoors in the garden, even on the coldest days of winter, and gets labeled as eccentric by her neighbors.The book has so many marvelous quotes that I would have made countless notes in the margins if I hadn't [...]

    • Hana said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Elizabeth is the young wife of a minor Prussian nobleman whose estate in Northern Germany near the Baltic is the setting for the garden she is planning. Elizabeth is at her best and happiest in spring and summer, nominally overseeing the renovation of the her husband’s house, but in truth, reveling in long indolent days in the utter solitude of her garden--reading, dreaming, delighting in each new glory of the unfolding spring. She fills the house with lilacs and rejoices in fields of daisies [...]

    • Helle said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      This is a book to disappear into and I did. Where Virginia Woolf said that women need a room of their own, von Arnim makes a strong case for a garden as that most necessary of settings. As Voltaire before her said that happiness lies in the cultivation of a garden; as Cicero said that if you have a garden and a library you have everything you need; as the garden was where Jane Austen went and refreshed herself and as gardens frequently featured in both her novels and her letters, Elizabeth von A [...]

    • Kelly said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      This was my favorite thing I read this year. I wrote more about why here, at Book Riot: bookriot/2016/10/18/readin

    • Jane said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Where I got the book: purchased on Kindle."I do sincerely trust that the benediction that is always awaiting me in my garden may by degrees be more deserved, and that I may grow in grace, and patience, and cheerfulness, just like the happy flowers I so much love."This little gem of a book, the first novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim I had read, both delighted and intrigued me. It is about a woman called Elizabeth who has moved, with her husband and children, to their country estate in a remote part o [...]

    • Linda said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      This story is available for free at mathrnell/~hatcher/It began with the statement: May 7th - I love my gardenWell, so do I. The story was first published in 1898 but the years soon melted away. Her memoir was loaded with those funny long sentences containing plenty of commas, semi-colons and dashes that were in fashion back then. It covered one year in the life of Elizabeth von Arnim. The moral to this story? Truth is often stranger than fiction.Elizabeth married a widower twice her age and ref [...]

    • Suanne Laqueur said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      I am on a mission to clear out my TBR list, which has five years worth of reads. This was one of the 2013 books. Turns out it’s about a woman who loves her garden. I love my garden too but I can’t fill a book with it. It did have some extremely quotable lines, but it’s not what you call a gripping story. Still, very glad I finally read it, and that 2013 is one book lighter. Onward!

    • Ali said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Described as a novel, Elizabeth and her German Garden has the feel of a memoir. Written in the form of a diary, it was Elizabeth von Arnim’s first novel, originally published anonymously. It is immediately very personal as it recounts the first couple of blissful months that the Elizabeth of the title spends alone supervising the redecorating work at her German home.Here in the garden of her home, Elizabeth is able to escape the traditional routine of German wife and mother. Her simple joy in [...]

    • Beth Bonini said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Although this novel is not strictly memoir, both the intimate voice and the known facts of the author's life make it read as if it were. It's a strange and whimsical little book in some ways, and I think it needs to be read in the right mood: ideally, when solitary; and even better, when drunk with the beauty of the countryside in spring. There are no chapters, and there is no real plot - although it roughly chronicles a gardening year at a large country estate in northern Germany at the end of [...]

    • Deanna said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      3.5 starsA late 19th century small book set in Germany. Billed as a novel, it reads only as a memoir. I found no story arc to speak of. Instead, these are pleasant and sometimes insightful ponderings and sketches featuring the protagonist’s love of countryside and garden, solitude and study. Her genteel snark is amusing, her frustration with common culture and social expectations is relatable, and her feminist-flavored perspectives are interesting from the rear view mirror of more than a centu [...]

    • Sylvester said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      2.5* I've only read a couple books now about gardeners, and it's been a revelation. I thought they would be gentle souls, overflowing with the peaceful and patient influence of nature - well! overflowing alright! With vitriol toward mankind - if Elizabeth and Beverly Nichols are the norm, anyway. I don't know if I liked or disliked her - but I enjoyed her naked honesty - this must have been refreshing at the time this book was published. She's shallow and speaks with the prejudice of privilege, [...]

    • Bethany said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Oh, Elizabeth. Words cannot express the solidarity I feel with you! I need to get my own copy of this. Because this is a book I want to always have nearby, so I can read over its lovely passages, nodding my head because she understood. Or read over so I can laugh, because there are so many parts of this book so humorously told one can't help but at least snicker a little. I wish I could write more about this wonderful book but I've spent the afternoon being social and am so beaten down I'm havin [...]

    • Hannah said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      I loved all the gardening parts in this story. The human-interest parts, and Elizabeth's rather dysfunctional marriage and friends, weren't as enjoyable, but I truly enjoyed her talks about learning how to garden and the little incidents with her children and servants. I totally identified with her desire to fill her life with nothing but garden, library, tea, and loving her little daughters! Perhaps she isn't eccentric after allor does that make me eccentric?

    • Cristina - Athenae Noctua said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Se letto con superficialità, Il giardino di Elizabeth può sembrare un romanzo disimpegnato, una rassegna botanica anche molto particolareggiata, un memoriale di piccole amarezze e piccole gioie quotidiane. Ma, se affrontato in un'ottica diversa, con un'attenzione particolare al pensiero di una donna che cercava di ritagliarsi un proprio spazio e di cercare se stessa al di là del ruolo sociale che le era stato assegnato, possiamo guardare a questo libro come a un importante documento, peraltro [...]

    • Caren said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Although this book is a short novel, it is semi-autobiographical. I read the book for a book discussion group led by Rob, librarian extraordinaire. He had some wonderful background information on Germany just before and during the time in which the book was set. I had never heard of this book, but it apparently was a bestseller in the early twentieth century. Rob also told us a bit about the author, who was an altogether interesting person. Although I was not familiar with this book, I had heard [...]

    • Marialyce said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      This was a beautifully written book that was ever so appropriate for me to read since Spring is here. Elizabeth through her garden gives us a look inside not only its environs, but also a look into her life as the wife of a German Count. The book's words bring the reader a sense of peace and tranquility so well as Elizabeth finds and makes us remember the beauty of nature to be found right outside our doors.Written as a diary of sorts, Mrs von Arnim, an author I must be read of, lets us step int [...]

    • Afton Nelson said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      A charming memoir of young mother and wife Elizabeth Von Armin. She's content with herself, her family, her books and her garden and I could relate. Lots of highlight-worthy quotes if only I'd had my own copy and not the library's. A favorite on New Year's resolutions: "And I find my resolutions carry me very nicely into the spring. I revise them at the end of each month, and strike out the unnecessary ones. By the end of April they have been so severely revised that there are none left."On taki [...]

    • Jae said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      I initially thought this author's writing would be a little too flowery for me, but not a bit of it. This is the second book of hers that I've read and I love her writing style. Yes, in this one, as would be expected, it's heavily descriptive of her beautiful garden, but "heavily" is surely the wrong word, because there is such a lightness of touch, and all interspersed with the most witty observations of characters and people generally. Elizabeth von Arnim is a real find for me, and I'll defini [...]

    • Hilary said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      After enjoying Enchanted April so much I was suprised I didn't enjoy this one. I found Elizabeth unkind and shallow. Taking a baby owl from a nest was horrible. I know you have to view this through eyes of the time but I found her views of people from a class she saw as below her awful.

    • Chari said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Vale, quizás cuatro estrellas hubiesen sido suficientes, pero es que yo no califico en base a calidad literaria de las obras sino en base a cuanto las he disfrutado. No soy crítica literaria, soy lectora. Elizabeth y su jardín alemán es un libro que me ha encantado y resultado tremendamente delicioso porque he sentido una empatía casi total con Elizabeth con respecto a su especial comunión y sensibilidad para con la naturaleza. Una lectura en la que la escritora ha conseguido transmitirme [...]

    • Jenna Anderson said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      The Diary of an Introverted Woman(I read the free, Kindle classic offered via . Unfortunately at the time of my review, that version was not an option on .)If you enjoyed The Enchanted April due to its lovely setting and reflective thoughts of the characters, then you will also enjoy Elizabeth and Her German Garden.What a wonderful story. We follow the main character during her time spent, mostly alone, in her garden. It's on a hill and far away from town and any social responsibilities. For man [...]

    • Sarah said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Elizabeth has a privileged life and has moved from England after her marriage to her German husband. She is uninterested in the expectations that she spends her many hours sewing, visiting neighbours, organising her household and supervising her servants. She wants only to escape into her wilderness garden and plan its transformation. She is a novice gardener but is passionate in her choice of plants, seeds and bulbs and she learns from her planting success and occasional mistakes. She has a gar [...]

    • Becky said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      I had never heard of Elizabeth Von Arnim before. Just when you think you’re starting to get a hold of a certain period of literature, some gem like this pops up and send you reeling down some new pathway of literary wonder.This is a relatively short story, written in a diary format that centers on the reflection of a woman in relation to life, family, and often using her garden as a foil for her religious sentiments. You learn a lot about the position of women in German society in the late 180 [...]

    • Claire McAlpine said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Originally published anonymously in 1898, Elizabeth von Armin (born Mary Annette Beauchamp) was the cousin of Katherine Mansfield who married a German Count and wasn't too enamoured with city life in Berlin, however once she discovered the rural home and garden her husband owned, she spent much of her time there, much to the chagrin of her husband, whom she affectionately refers to throughout the book as The Man of Wrath, and he referring to her as a woman with eccentricities. This is no gardeni [...]

    • Kalliope said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      When you are leading a very urban life nowadays, spending time daily in either the subway and/or in the car, and keeping an eye on the watch constantly, reading a book about white blossoms, dandelions, blue hepaticas, snow-drop anemones, violets and bright celandines, silvery-pink peonies and delicate lilacs, seems to me as far off as reading about Life in Mars.This is a delightful book but also naughtily mischievous.

    • Susan Branch said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 19:43 PM

      Elizabeth von Arnim's first book published in 1899 and still, perfection for today. Smart, witty, she calls her husband "Man of Wrath." You will love this book.

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