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Book Title: All the Dogs of My Life|
The author of the book: Elizabeth von Arnim
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Reader ratings: 7.8
Edition: Thorndike Press
Date of issue: April 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780786216666
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 514 KB
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After reading "Elizabeth and Her German Garden", I wanted to find out a bit more about the author. This book isn't strictly an autobiography, since she sticks pretty closely to accounts of the dogs who had shared her life, still there are enough tidbits about her to make you wish for a more thorough book about the rest of her life. While she did seem to love her dogs, I was bothered by the callous attitude toward a few of them, most notably the dog who was neutered, grew fat, and seemed to lose his charm for her. I ask you: what is wrong with a fat, loving dog? I was dismayed when she had him put down at three years old. That doesn't make her much of a dog lover in my book. I had to remind myself that she lived in a different time period when I suppose people were more pragmatic about their pets. Much of the book recounts the time she lived in a Swiss chalet with the guests who came and went. Just as in "Elizabeth and Her German Garden", you get the impression the author really preferred a solitude that mostly eluded her. The many old, black and white photos of herself with her dogs really added to my enjoyment of the book. If you are really, really interested in the author, you may enjoy this book, but if you just want a book about a dog lover, this is not the book.
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Read information about the authorElizabeth, Countess Russell, was a British novelist and, through marriage, a member of the German nobility, known as Mary Annette Gräfin von Arnim.
Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia, she was raised in England and in 1891 married Count Henning August von Arnim, a Prussian aristocrat, and the great-great-great-grandson of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia.
She had met von Arnim during an Italian tour with her father. They married in London but lived in Berlin and eventually moved to the countryside where, in Nassenheide, Pomerania, the von Arnims had their family estate. The couple had five children, four daughters and a son. The children's tutors at Nassenheide included E. M. Forster and Hugh Walpole.
In 1898 she started her literary career by publishing Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a semi-autobiographical novel about a rural idyll published anonymously and, as it turned out to be highly successful, reprinted 21 times within the first year. Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published "By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden".
Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell's elder brother. The marriage ended in disaster, with Elizabeth escaping to the United States and the couple finally agreeing, in 1919, to get a divorce. She also had an affair with H. G. Wells.
She was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield (whose full name was Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp).
Elizabeth von Arnim spent her old age in London, Switzerland, and on the French Riviera. When World War II broke out she permanently took up residence in the United States, where she died in 1941, aged 74.
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