The Elizabeth von Arnim Society

Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941) was the author of 21 books, including The Enchanted April, Elizabeth and her German Garden, Vera, The Pastor’s Wife, Expiation, Father, and Mr. Skeffington. The Elizabeth von Arnim Society is dedicated to fostering scholarly work on von Arnim and helping scholars from around the world to come together and exchange ideas.

Isobel Maddison joins Literature Cambridge for a lecture series on Elizabeth von Arnim

Isobel Maddison, founding president of The Elizabeth von Arnim Society, will give a lecture series on four Elizabeth von Arnim novels–Elizabeth and her German Garden, The Pastor’s Wife, The Enchanted April, and Expiation–for Literature Cambridge. Isobel’s course will comprise four fortnightly online sessions from 8 November to 20 December 2023, on Wednesdays from 6.00 to 8.00 pm UK time. More information about registering for the lecture series is posted here.

Oxford World’s Classics edition of The Enchanted April

An Oxford World’s Classics edition of Elizabeth von Arnim’s The Enchanted April was published in April 2022. General readers of the novel–as well as teachers and scholars of Elizabeth von Arnim–will benefit from the edition, which places the work in the context of a recent blossoming of scholarship on the author and her work. “Scholars are increasingly producing important insights into the work of Elizabeth von Arnim in the context of our wider socio-political and literary understanding,” notes the OWC press. Edited by Isobel Maddison, founding president of the Elizabeth von Arnim Society, this is the first edition of the novel to include scholarly explanatory notes, which detail the significance of literary and intertextual references and establish connections with other texts and writers. The volume also includes a bibliography of selected scholarly work and an author’s timeline by von Arnim biographer Jennifer Walker. The edition is now available to order on the Oxford World’s Classics website.

Join the Society

The International Elizabeth von Arnim Society was founded on 13 September 2015 in Cambridge, UK. We have a diverse membership with Elizabeth von Arnim enthusiasts and scholars located around the world. We would be thrilled to hear from you if you are interested in joining the society.

Join or renew now! Our membership year runs from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023. Our membership fee is $15 or $10 for unwaged/concession members and includes significant discounts on publications as well as on courses offered by Lucy Cavendish College and Literature Cambridge. Please visit the Membership page for more information.