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The Abbey Girls Again [abridged] (Abbey #14)

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Title:The Abbey Girls Again [abridged] (Abbey #14)
Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette  Writing under the pseudonym: Oxenham, Elsie J.   
(3 of 47 for author by title)
The Abbey Girls Again [unabridged] (Abbey #14)
The Abbey Girls (Abbey #2)
Published:   1924
Publisher:The Children's Press
Tags:fiction, young adult

This is the book that introduces Mary-Dorothy and her sister, 'bad girl' Biddy, and it was something of a disappointment in that it seemed as if it should have been a major event, but really nothing much happens in the book. Mary and Biddy meet Jen and Joy and are taken under their wings (which is to say, the Abbey girls try and make them into the kind of girls they make everyone into.)

Taken in terms of the series as a whole, however, it's not without interest. This establishes Mary as a shrinking, lifeless character, and in the books to come we really get to see her grow and become an increasingly important figure in the lives of those around her. It also shows Biddy as she always is; caught between her 'business' side (the side we're not meant to approve of, of course) and her 'nice' side. (Can you tell I have a soft spot for Biddy?) Meanwhile, Joy (who is at her best here, lacking neither self-awareness nor compassion.—Helen, on Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette

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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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