ANGELA THIRKELL SECONDARY SOURCES–This page is currently being revised and updated

The secondary sources were provided by Dr. Penelope Fritzer, Florida Atlantic University.
(includes material on general aspects of relevant social history)

  • Adam, Ruth. A Woman’s Place: 1910-1975. London: Persephone Books, 2002.
  • Amos, William. The Originals: Who’s Really Who in Fiction. London: Cape, 1985. (Also published as The Originals: A-Z of Fiction’s Real-life Characters. Boston: Little Brown, 1985.)
  • Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
  • Balakian, Nina. “Talk With Angela Thirkell.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 10 (1990): 15-16.
  • Barry, Iris. Review of Private Enterprise, by Angela Thirkell. New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review, Jan. 18, 1948: 3.
  • Basso, Hamilton. Review of Miss Bunting, by Angela Thirkell. The New Yorker 22 (Mar. 2, 1946): 84.
  • Becker. M. L. Review of Northbridge Rectory, by Angela Thirkell. Books, Jan. 4, 1942: 3.
  • Bell, Hazel. “In Other’s Words, on the Use of Quotes in Angela Thirkell.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 34, no. 4 (July 2003).
  • Bell, Hazel K. “Self-Portrait of the Writer as an Ideal Mother: Laura Morland as Angela Thirkell.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 13 (1993): 23-26. http://www.aidanbell.com/pdfs/selfport.pdf
  • Bell, Hazel K. “A Tale Told by an Index: Collating the Writings of Angela Thirkell.” http://www.aidanbell.com/pdfs/taletold.pdf.
  • Bell, Hazel K. “Coronation Summer and After: Angela Thirkell’s ‘Extra Books.’” http://www.aidanbell.com/pdfs/csummer.pdf.
  • Bell, Hazel K. “I Name This Child . . .” http://www.aidanbell.com/pdfs/namech.pdf.
  • Bell, Hazel K. “Book Reviews and Thirkell Criticism.” http://www.aidanbell.com/pdfs/crit.pdf.
  • Bell, Hazel K.” Two English Lady Novelists: The ATS and the BPS.” http://www.aidanbell.com/pdfs/atsbps.pdf.
  • Blake, Robert. The Conservative Party from Peel to Churchill. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970.
  • Britten, F. H. Review of Wild Strawberries, by Angela Thirkell. Books, Aug. 26, 1934: 2.
  • Brittain, Vera. England’s Hour. Pleasantville, NY: The Akadine Press, 2002 [orig. 1941].
  • Brooks, Anne. Review of County Chronicle, by Angela Thirkell. New York Herald Tribune Book Review, Oct. 22, 1950: 8.
  • Brooks, Anne. Review of Happy Return, by Angela Thirkell. New York Herald Tribune Book Review, Sept. 21, 1952: 8.
  • Bullock, F. H. Review of The Headmistress, by Angela Thirkell. Book Week, Jan. 21, 1945: 3.
  • Burrell, Barbara. Angela Thirkell’s World: A Guide to the People and Places of Barsetshire. Wakefield, RI: Moyer Bell, 2001.
  • Calder, Angus. The Myth of the Blitz. London: Pimlico, 1991.
  • Carruthers, Olive. Review of Enter Sir Robert, by Angela Thirkell. Chicago Sunday Tribune, Oct. 16, 1955: 3.
  • Chapman, H. W. Review of Private Enterprise, by Angela Thirkell. The Spectator 179 (Dec. 5, 1947): 722.
  • Cheerfulness Breaks In. Review of, by Angela Thirkell. Catholic World 153 (May 1941): 252.
  • Cheerfulness Breaks In. Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Oct. 5, 1940: 505.
  • Clare, Hilary. “Angela Thirkell and Anthony Trollope.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 14 (1994): 14-18.
  • Collins, Laura Roberts. English Country Life in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
  • Commire, Anne, ed. “Thirkell, Angela (1890-1961).” Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 15. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications, 2002, 383-384.
  • Cox, Geoffrey. “Barsetshire, a Sense of Place.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 24 (2004).
  • Crosland, Margaret. Beyond the Lighthouse: English Women Novelist in the Twentieth Century. New York: Taplinger Publishing Company, 1981.
  • Dangerfield, George. Review of Love Among the Ruins, by Angela Thirkell. Saturday Review of Literature 32 (Jan. 15, 1949: 18.
  • The Duke’s Daughter. Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Sept. 28, 1951: 617.
  • Ellis, Andrew. “Hermione Rivers and Ann Bridge.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 14 (1994): 30-31.
  • Fadiman, Clifton. Review of The Brandons, by Angela Thirkell. The New Yorker 15 (July 1, 1939): 66.
  • Fausset, H. I’A. Review of Peace Breaks Out, by Angela Thirkell. Manchester Guardian, Feb. 14, 1947: 3.
  • Feld, Rose. Review of The Brandons, by Angela Thirkell. Books, June 4, 1939: 4.
  • Feld, Rose. Review of Before Lunch, by Angela Thirkell. Books, June 2, 1940: 3.
  • Field, L. M. Review of The Brandons, by Angela Thirkell. New York Times, June 25, 1939: 6.
  • Field. L. M. Review of Northbridge Rectory, by Angela Thirkell. New York Times, Jan. 11, 1942: 6.
  • Forbes-Boyd, Eric. Review of Before Lunch, by Angela Thirkell. Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 3, 1940: 11.
  • Fritzer, Penelope. Aesthetics and Nostalgia in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell. San Diego: Angela Thirkell Society North America, 2010.
  • Fritzer, Penelope. Character and Concept in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell. San Diego: Angela Thirkell Society North America, 2005.
  • Fritzer, Penelope. Ethnicity and Gender in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Gill, Richard. Happy Rural Seat: The English Country House and the Literary Imagination. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1972.
  • Greene, Graham. Review of Wild Strawberries, by Angela Thirkell. Spectator 152 (June 29, 1934): 1011.
  • Growing Up, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. Kirkus Review 12 (Feb. 1, 1944): 46.
  • Hay, Sandra H. Review of The Headmistress. Saturday Review of Literature, Feb. 17, 1945: 28.
  • The Headmistress, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Dec. 23, 1944: 617.
  • The Headmistress, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 5, 1945: 14.
  • Humble, Nicola. The Feminine Middlebrow Novel 1920s to 1950s: Class, Domesticity, Bohemianism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Inchfawn, Fay. Salute to the Village. London: Lutterworth Press, 1944.
  • Jacobucci, Amalia Angeloni. “Angela Thirkell Book Summaries.” http://www.angelathirkellsociety.org/atbrief.htm. 11/12/2004.
  • Jenkin, Elizabeth. Review of The Duke’s Daughter, by Angela Thirkell. Manchester Guardian, Sept. 28, 1951: 4.
  • Jeude, Edith. Angela Thirkell and Charles Dickens: An Overview of Angela Thirkell’s Use of Quotations from and References to Charles Dickens in Her Barsetshire Novels. Angela Thirkell Society, North American Branch. St. Louis, Missouri (undated).
  • Jutland Cottage, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Sept. 11, 1953: 577.
  • Knewstub, Robina. “Happy Marriages.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 16 (1996): 7-8.
  • Kynaston, David. Austerity Britain, 1945-1951. London: Bloomsbury, 2008.
  • Langstaff, Eleanor. Angela Margaret Thirkell,” in An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers, ed. by Paul Schlueter and Jane Schlueter. Hamden, CT: Garland Publishing, 1988: 445-46.
  • Lee, Hermione. “Good Show: Why Do So Many Readers Seek Refuge in Angela Thirkell’s Little England?” The New Yorker, Oct. 7, 1996: 90-95.
  • Lerman, Leo. Review of Marling Hall, by Angela Thirkell. Saturday Review of Literature 25 (Oct. 31, 1942): 16.
  • Levin, Jill. The “Land of Lost Content”: Sex, Art, and Class in the Novels of Angela Thirkell, 1933-1960. Thesis. Washington University, 1986.
  • Lindley, Frances. Review of What Did it Mean? by Angela Thirkell. New York Herald Tribune, Oct. 31, 1934: 14.
  • Love Among the Ruins, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Oct. 2, 1948: 553.
  • Macdonald, Kate. “Angela Thirkell and John Buchan.” Webpage copyright @ The John Buchan Society 2004. http://www.johnbuchansociety.co.uk/thirkell.htm. 12/23/04.
  • Mallet, Isabelle. Review of The Headmistress, by Angela Thirkell. The New York Times. Jan. 14, 1945: 5.
  • Marling Hall, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Sept. 12, 1942: 449.
  • Mather, Rachel R. The Heirs of Jane Austen: Twentieth Century Writers and the Comedy of Manners. New York: Peter Lang, 1996.
  • Mackay, Robert. The Test of War: Inside Britain 1939-1945. New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • McFarlan, D. M. Delicious Prose: A Study of the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell (self-published) 1986, rpt. 1997.
  • McGinley, Phyllis. Review of The Old Bank House by Angela Thirkell. New York Times, Aug. 7, 1949: 4.
  • Miss Bunting, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Dec. 22, 1945: 605.
  • Moreton, Jennifer. “The Practised Ease of the Universal Woman.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 12 (1992): 22-24.
  • Morley. Blythe. Review of The Old Bank House, by Angela Thirkell. New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review, Aug. 7, 1949: 5.
  • Nesbitt, Jennifer Poulos. Narrative Settlements: Geographies of British Women’s Fiction Between the Wars. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
  • Northbridge Rectory, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The New Yorker 17 (Jan. 10, 1942): 59.
  • “A Novelist of the English Scene.” Obituary in The Times (London) January 30, 1961: 12. Rpt. in Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 1 (1981): 6-7.
  • “The Novels of Angela Thirkell.” Book and Magazine Collector 32 (November 1986): 24-31.
  • The Old Bank House, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. Kirkus Review 17 (July 1, 1948): 331.
  • The Old Bank House, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The New Yorker 26 (Aug. 20, 1949): 66.
  • Pate, Johnny. Dictionary of Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire Novels. Kearney, NE: Angela Thirkell Society, 2000. Also found on this website at: https://angelathirkellsociety.org/pate-dictionary/
  • Peel, Doris. Review of The Old Bank House, by Angela Thirkell. Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 25, 1949: 11.
  • Perkins, V. C. Review of Before Lunch, by Angela Thirkell. Commonweal 32 (June 14, 1940): 172.
  • Playfair, Joyce. A House in the Country. London: Persephone Books, 2003. [orig. 1944].
  • Prescott. Orville. Review of The Headmistress, by Angela Thirkell. New York Times 15 (Jan. 22, 1945): 2.
  • Private Enterprise, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. The Times (London) Literary Supplement, Nov. 22, 1947: 601.
  • Purves, Libby. “Introduction” to The Brandons. London: Hogarth Press, 1988. Rpt. in Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 16 (1996): 34-36.
  • Redman, B. R. Review of Private Enterprise, by Angela Thirkell. Saturday Review of Literature 31 (Feb. 7, 1948): 10.
  • Redman, Elizabeth. Growing Older.” Bulletin of the Angela Thirkell Society (North American Branch) 37 (Summer 1997): 8-10.
  • Riggs, Dorothy. “Christmas in Barsetshire.” Bulletin of the Angela Thirkell Society 21 (December 1992): 5-12.
  • Self, Jane E. “Foreigners in Barsetshire.” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 16 (1996): 22-27.
  • Sherman, Beatrice. Review of Private Enterprise, by Angela Thirkell. New York Times, Jan. 25, 1948: 10.
  • Snowden, Cynthia. Going to Barsetshire. Kearney, Nebraska: Morris Publishing, 2000.
  • Southron, J. S. Review of Cheerfulness Breaks In, by Angela Thirkell. New York Times, March 2, 1941: 7.
  • Stone, Carol C. “Angela Thirkell and the ‘University Woman.’” Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 17 (1997): 9-13.
  • Stone, Carol C. Examining Barsetshire: Digressions on the Works of Angela Thirkell. Angela Thirkell Society of North America, 2020.
  • Strickland, Margot. Angela Thirkell, Portrait of a Lady Novelist. Kearney, Nebraska: Angela Thirkell Society of North America and Morris Publishing, 1996 (orig. 1977).
  • Strong, L. A. G. Review of Happy Return, by Angela Thirkell. Spectator 189 (Aug. 22, 1952): 250.
  • Summer Half, Review of, by Angela Thirkell. Catholic World 147 (Sept. 1938): 762.
  • Taylor, N. E. Review of Never Too Late, by Angela Thirkell. Christian Science Monitor. Sept. 20, 1956: 11.
  • Thirkell, Angela. “The Advance of Science” quoted in The Journal of the Angela Thirkell Society 11: 8.
  • Thirkell, Lance. Baby, Mother, and Grandmother. Privately published, 1982. Listed at http://www.angelathirkellsociety.org/atbooks.htm. 12/20/ 2004.
  • Thirkell, Lance. Melbourne and London: A Childhood Memoir. London: Angela Thirkell Society, 2000.
  • Toynbee, Philip. Review of Marling Hall, by Angela Thirkell. New Statesman & Nation 24 (Oct.  31, 1942): 293.
  • Walbridge, E. F. Review of Close Quarters, by Angela Thirkell. Library Journal 83 (Sept. 1, 1958) :2323.
  • Walbridge, E. F. Review of Enter Sir Robert, by Angela Thirkell. Library Journal 80 (Oct. 15, 1955): 2238.
  • Walbridge, E. F. Review of Jutland Cottage, by Angela Thirkell. Library Journal 78 (Sept. 15, 1953): 1532.
  • Walcott, John. Review of The Brandons, by Angela Thirkell. Atlantic, August 1939: 2.
  • Wright, Cuthbert. Review of Marling Hall, by Angela Thirkell Commonweal 37 (Oct. 23, 1942): 19.