The Middlebrow Syllabus

Furrowed Middlebrow created a syllabus of the British “feminine middlebrow” from the early to mid-20th century, and I intend to read all the books listed there. Books I read are marked as (✓). Books I own are in bold. Reviews, when available, are linked below. I may have crossed off a few books which do not interest me (DNFs).

  • Read books: 09 /100
  1. RUTH ADAM, I’m Not Complaining (1938) (#98)
  2. ROSE ALLATINI (as A. T. Fitzroy), Despised and Rejected(1918) (#72)
  3. MARGERY ALLINGHAM, The Tiger in the Smoke (1952) (#50)
  4. DAISY ASHFORD, The Young Visiters (1919) (#66)
  5. HELEN ASHTON, Bricks and Mortar (1932) (#88)
  6. ENID BAGNOLD, The Squire (1938) (#26)
  7. SYBILLE BEDFORD, A Favourite of the Gods (1963) (#47)
  8. MARY BELL, Summer’s Day (1951) (#75)
  9. STELLA BENSON, Living Alone (1919) (#71)
  10. ELIZABETH BOWEN, The Heat of the Day (1948) (#8)
  11. ANN BRIDGE, Peking Picnic (1932) (#67)
  12. BRYHER, Beowulf (1956) (#55)
  13. ANNA BUCHAN (as O. Douglas), The Proper Place (1926) (#21)
  14. CELIA BUCKMASTER, Village Story (1951) (#99)
  15. ELIZABETH CADELL, The Lark Shall Sing (1955) (#86)
  16. JOANNA CANNAN, Princes in the Land (1938) (#79)
  17. LEONORA CARRINGTON, The Hearing Trumpet (1974) (#84) ✓
  18. M. CHAMPNEYS, Miss Tiverton Goes Out (1925) (#42)
  19. MARY CHOLMONDELEY, Red Pottage (1899) (#28) ✓
  20. AGATHA CHRISTIE, The Hollow (1946) (#22)
  21. IVY COMPTON-BURNETT, A House and Its Head (1935) (#33)
  22. BARBARA COMYNS, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (1955) (#36)
  23. LETTICE COOPER, The New House (1936) (#17)
  24. RICHMAL CROMPTON, Family Roundabout (1948) (#65)
  25. CLEMENCE DANE, Regiment of Women (1917) (#96)
  26. M. DELAFIELD, Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) (#4)
  27. MONICA DICKENS, Mariana (1940) (#83)
  28. DAPHNE DU MAURIER, Rebecca (1938) (#52) ✓
  29. JANE DUNCAN, My Friend Muriel (1959) (#74)
  30. JOSEPHINE ELDER, The Encircled Heart (1951) (#59)
  31. ELIZABETH ELIOT, Alice (1950) (#25)
  32. SUSAN ERTZ, Madame Claire (1923) (#78)
  33. RACHEL FERGUSON, Evenfield (1942) (#70)
  34. RUBY FERGUSON, Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary (1937) (#39)
  35. JANE & MARY FINDLATER, Crossriggs (1908) (#56)
  36. PAMELA FRANKAU, A Wreath for the Enemy (1954) (#13)
  37. STELLA GIBBONS, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) (#29)
  38. RUMER GODDEN, China Court (1960) (#14)
  39. ELIZABETH GOUDGE, The Bird in the Tree (1940) (#89)
  40. RADCLYFFE HALL, The Well of Loneliness (1928) (#90)
  41. CICELY HAMILTON, William—An Englishman (1919) (#37)
  42. GEORGETTE HEYER, The Grand Sophy (1950) (#69)
  43. WINIFRED HOLTBY, South Riding (1936) (#30)
  44. NORAH HOULT, There Were No Windows (1944) (#92) ✓
  45. STORM JAMESON, Company Parade (1934) (#85)
  46. ELIZABETH JENKINS, The Tortoise and the Hare (1954) (#91)
  47. TENNYSON JESSE, The Lacquer Lady (1929) (#61)
  48. SHEILA KAYE-SMITH, Joanna Godden (1921) (#60)
  49. MOLLY KEANE (as M. J. Farrell), Full House (1935) (#94)
  50. MARGARET KENNEDY, The Feast (1950) (#12)
  51. MARGHANITA LASKI, The Village (1952) (#1)
  52. ROSAMOND LEHMANN, Invitation to the Waltz (1932) (#44)
  53. ADA LEVERSON, Love’s Shadow (1908) (#68)
  54. NORAH LOFTS, The Town House (1959) (#48)
  55. ROSE MACAULAY, The Towers of Trebizond (1956) (#32)
  56. OLIVIA MANNING, The Great Fortune (1960) (#62)
  57. NGAIO MARSH, Surfeit of Lampreys (1940, aka Death of a Peer) (#43)
  58. M. MAYOR, The Rector’s Daughter (1924) (#5)
  59. BETTY MILLER, On the Side of the Angels (1945) (#82)
  60. GLADYS MITCHELL, When Last I Died (1941) (#77)
  61. NAOMI MITCHISON, The Bull Calves (1947) (#76)
  62. NANCY MITFORD, The Pursuit of Love (1945) (#18)
  63. ELINOR MORDAUNT, The Family (1915) (#100)
  64. EDITH NESBIT, The Lark (1922) (#45)
  65. KATE O’BRIEN, The Land of Spices (1941) (#46)
  66. EDITH OLIVIER, The Love-Child (1927) (#53)
  67. MOLLIE PANTER-DOWNES, One Fine Day (1947) (#15)
  68. WINIFRED PECK, Bewildering Cares (1940) (#49)
  69. EVADNE PRICE (as Helen Zenna Smith), Not So Quiet…(1930, aka Stepdaughters of War) (#23)
  70. BARBARA PYM, Excellent Women (1952) (#3) ✓
  71. AMBER REEVES, A Lady and Her Husband (1914) (#73)
  72. MARY RENAULT, The Friendly Young Ladies (1943) (#51)
  73. JEAN RHYS, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) (#64) ✓
  74. ARNOT ROBERTSON, Ordinary Families (1933) (#87)
  75. VITA SACKVILLE-WEST, All Passion Spent (1931) (#38)
  76. DORA SAINT (as Miss Read), Thrush Green (1959) (#58)
  77. DOROTHY L. SAYERS, Gaudy Night (1935) (#11)
  78. MARGERY SHARP, The Nutmeg Tree (1937) (#40)
  79. DODIE SMITH, I Capture the Castle (1948) (#10)
  80. DOROTHY EVELYN SMITH, Miss Plum and Miss Penny(1959) (#81)
  81. MURIEL SPARK, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) (#54)
  82. B. STERN, The Matriarch (1924, aka Tents of Israel) (#80)
  83. E. STEVENSON, Miss Buncle’s Book (1934) (#7)
  84. MARY STEWART, Nine Coaches Waiting (1958) (#93)
  85. NOEL STREATFEILD, The Winter Is Past (1940) (#34)
  86. JAN STRUTHER, Mrs Miniver (1939) (#24)
  87. ELIZABETH TAYLOR, A Game of Hide and Seek (1951) (#6) ✓
  88. JOSEPHINE TEY, Miss Pym Disposes (1946) (#16)
  89. ANGELA THIRKELL, Cheerfulness Breaks In (1940) (#27)
  90. VIOLET TREFUSIS, Hunt the Slipper (1937) (#97)
  91. DIANA TUTTON, Guard Your Daughters (1953) (#41)
  92. SUSAN TWEEDSMUIR, Cousin Harriet (1957) (#63)
  93. ELIZABETH VON ARNIM, The Enchanted April (1922) (#19) ✓
  94. SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER, Lolly Willowes (1926) (#2)
  95. WINIFRED WATSON, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day(1938) (#20)
  96. MARY WEBB, Precious Bane (1924) (#95)
  97. REBECCA WEST, The Return of the Soldier (1918) (#57)
  98. DOROTHY WHIPPLE, Someone at a Distance (1953) (#31)
  99. ANTONIA WHITE, Frost in May (1933) (#35) ✓
  100. H. YOUNG, Miss Mole (1930) (#9)
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