Cold Comfort Farm

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the first novel of Stella Gibbons (1902–90), a witty and highly successful parody of the earthy primitive school of regional fiction popular at the beginning of the century (by e.g. Sheila Kaye‐Smith, M. Webb, and D. H. Lawrence).

Flora Poste visits her relatives the Starkadders in Sussex, and finds herself in a household of seething emotion, gloom, and rural intrigue, which she proceeds to reform. The descriptive ‘purple passages’ common to the genre are obligingly marked with asterisks by the author, after the method ‘perfected by the late Herr Baedeker’.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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Stella Gibbons (1902—1989) novelist