Viola Meynell

(1886—1956) novelist and short-story writer

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(1886–1956) married (1922) John Dallyn. She was one of the eight children of the journalist and biographer Wilfrid Meynell (1852–1948) and the poet Alice Meynell (1847–1922), of each of whom she published a memoir. The painter Lady Butler (1846–1933) was her mother's sister. Meynell was brought up in Roman Catholic literary circles and began to publish when very young. Much of her fiction is sentimental, sub-Hardyan emotional entanglements in rural settings. In Cross-in-Hand Farm (1911) a farmer's daughter gives up her solicitor fiancé to a friend who really loves him; Lot Barrow (1913) is about a servant girl growing up and falling in love. Other titles are Martha Vine: A Love Story of Simple Life (1910) and Modern Lovers (1914). She also wrote biographies.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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