|Title:||Maid of the Abbey (Abbey #28)|
|Tags:||fiction, girls, juvenile, young adult|
The maid is Madelyn who goes on to be an opera singer. In these sweet but dated books young girls came along to replace the original Joan and Joy who had grown up and got too boring for schoolgirls. Madelyn was a very sheltered girl in need of a home - nobody in these books had domineering parents and there is almost no conflict at all. Perhaps because women were not supposed to stand up for themselves. Opera singing was considered quite respectable in England but singing in a club would never have been suggested.—Clare O'Beara on goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette
A celebrated English girls’ school story writer, Elsie J. Oxenham's real name was Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley. Born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire, she was the daughter of writer William John Dunkerley, whose chosen pseudonym - ‘John Oxenham’ - was a clear influence upon her own. Her brother, Roderic Dunkerley, was also an author (published under his own name), as was her sister Erica, who used the 'Oxenham' name as well. Oxenham grew up in Ealing, West London, where her family had moved when she was a baby, living there until 1922, when the family moved again, to Worthing. After the deaths of her parents, Oxenham lived with her sister Maida. She died in 1960.
Oxenham, whose interests included the Camp Fire movement, and English Folk Dance traditions, is primarily remembered as the creator of the 38-book Abbey Girls series. In her lifetime she had 87 titles published, and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls' school story writers of the first half of the twentieth century -- one of the 'Big Three,' together with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.--goodreads.com.
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