dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #140

Mary Ann Dimand amaebi at iwon.com
Thu Mar 9 20:03:33 EST 2000


Devra answered this question, which I tried to answer earlier. (I suppose my
email is floating around in CyberSargasso now, and heaven knows when it will
re-emerge, if ever. Perhaps I'll be dead by then.)

> Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep, by Eleanor Farjeon.
> Basically a short story, but I think recently republished as a
> very short book.

It originally appeared in _Martin Pippin in the Daisy Field_, along with six
others. The frame story has Martin telling stories to six little girls and a
baby: their mothers are the six young farm women and Gillian, who'd shut
herself away. This is a sort of sequel to _Martin Pippin in the Apple
Orchard_, in which he told the stories to their mothers. The six farm women
had sworn to have nothing romantic to do with males, and Martin's stories
convinced them otherwise. This was a best-seller when it came out, which
indicates how unseparated "adults's" and "children's" books were still in
the 1930s....

Has anyone else read Farjeon's autobiographical _A Nursery in the Nineties_
(_Porttrait of a Family_)? I love it, and am particularly devoted to
Farjeon's somewhat sinister account of her and her brother Harry's
story-telling game, TAR.

Mary Ann

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