|My favorite cover from this batch; great use|
of color and just a tad surreal?
While I'm still absorbed by all the loot from my recent bookshopping, it's time to get back to the Overwhelming List. I do still have one more update pending on mystery and romance authors, but decided I'd take a break from that. After finalizing my recent series of four updates on children’s authors, I realized I had already come across enough additional writers for yet another couple of updates. Some of the new additions specialized in school stories and others didn’t, and since they divided roughly into two halves I decided to split them up that way. So, coming up soon will be an update on more general children’s authors, but in the meantime here are 15 more writers who all published—or seem to have published, in the case of one or two about which information is sparse—school stories, and of course a bunch of cover images as well, which are as seductive as ever. (And by the way, the next edition of the list will contain a whole slew of additional girls' school authors, courtesy of The Book.)
I should acknowledge that at least a couple of these were suggested to me by Tina, who has given me lots of other useful suggestions already. One of those was VIOLET M. METHLEY, who published children’s fiction as well as novels for adults, both of which seem potentially of interest. AGNES MIALL, who wrote The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Everything (1916), reprinted in 2008, may also have written for adults as well as children, but she is still a bit shrouded in the fog of time.
|Jacket blurb for Mabel Tyrrell's The Enchanted Camp|
MABEL L. TYRRELL definitely wrote for adults as well as children. She was the author of Give Me a Torch, one of the titles I passed up on my post-Christmas shopping spree at Russell Books in Victoria, Canada. I haven’t learned enough about her yet to know if I should regret that decision or not, but for now some of her school stories, such as Miss Pike and Her Pupils (1928), seem just as intriguing.
|A stray Kathleen Millar Macleod title|
I’m always a sucker for World War II-era fiction, and so OLIVE DOUGAN’s wartime girls’ school stories, such as The Schoolgirl Refugee (1940), Schoolgirls in Peril (1944), sound seductive. But—like so many lesser-known school stories and so much wartime fiction—it looks like tracking down copies will be an adventure in itself.
At least three of the writers in this update—KATHLEEN MILLAR MACLEOD, J. P. MILNE, and ELIZABETH FRANCES MEDLICOTT SMITH—wrote boys’ school stories as well as girls’. I wonder (but don’t have time to research at the moment) if boys’ school stories were as popular and prolific as those for girls? I haven’t come across all that many, but that may be simply because, for the most part, male writers wrote boys’ school stories and women wrote girl’s school stories. At any rate, a bit of dabbling into a boys’ school story or two could, I suspect, be fun and interesting as a comparison.
|Oh, to be a madcap someday...|
And finally, all of my exploration into school stories has led me to one rather burning question. What exactly, I wonder, constitutes a “madcap”? In this update alone, we have MARJORIE BEVAN’s Madcaps of Manor School (1949), KATHARINE LOUISE OLDMEADOW’s Madcap Judy (1919), and SIBYL BERTHA OWSLEY’s A Madcap Brownie (1929). And I’m pretty sure I could compile a substantial list from my previous updates. It does give one pause. Was there a particularly virulent strain of madcap mania among young girls in the early to mid-twentieth century? And how, should I wish to do so, might I myself become a madcap? Well, perhaps it’s just as well I don’t know…
The full list of new authors is below, and they have all already been added to the main list. I hope you enjoy them!