About the Society

The International Elizabeth von Arnim Society was founded on September 13, 2015, at the first Elizabeth von Arnim conference, which was held at Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge, England. The society is dedicated to fostering scholarly work on von Arnim and helping scholars from around the world come together and exchange ideas.


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  1. Hello,
    I just purchased a vintage copy of Elizabeth And Her German Garden. 1906 The Macmillan Company. The books is in good shape however I would to send photos of the inscriptions that are in the book. Thanks!

    Kevin Gault

  2. Congratulations on the formation of the Society. I suppose I became interested in Elizabeth as a follow up to my interest in German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich, especially his painting “Chalk Cliffs on Rugen”. I noted her work on Adventures in Rugen and have recently read it. Now I have gone on to other works of hers, Elizabeth and Her German Garden and Enchanted April. I was interested in the information on your website about Nassenheide and pleased to read about the celebrations at Buk and the statue there. I wondered if Jennifer Walker’s work has been produced in book form.

    1. Good to hear from you. Jennifer’s biography has been published and is now available on kindle if you’d like to follow up.

      Best wishes,

  3. From Trudi Tate, Literature Cambridge:

    Summer course in Cambridge, 8-13 July 2018, on Women Writers: Emily Bronte to Elizabeth Bowen. A week’s immersion in five great women writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries: Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth Bowen.

    Taught by leading scholars, most from Cambridge: Gillian Beer, Alison Hennegan, Clare Walker Gore, plus Claire Davison from the Sorbonne on Katherine Mansfield. A unique chance to live and study in a Cambridge college, with lectures, supervisions (tutorials), walks, excursions, talks.

    We are pleased to offer a discount for members of the EvA Society. https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/women-2018/

  4. We had two wonderful summer courses in 2018. Bookings open soon for our 2019 summer courses:

    • Woolf’s Gardens, 14-19 July 2019. https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/woolf-2019/

    • Fictions of Home: Jane Austen to the Present, 21-26 July 2019

    Members of the Elizabeth von Arnim Society are welcome to a discount. Details will be published soon on our website. http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/woolf-2019/

    Members of the Society can also come to our Study Days at Stapleford Granary for the student price.
    Reading *A Room of One’s Own*, with Alison Hennegan, Frances Spalding and Trudi Tate, Sat. 15 September 2018. https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/room-2018/

    Understanding *King Lear*, with Adrian Poole and Fred Parker, Sat. 20 October 2018. https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/lear/

    Remembering the First World War, Sat. 3 November 2018
    Kate Kennedy on War Poet and Composer Ivor Gurney; Trudi Tate on The Shock of War

    Thursday 24 January 2019, 7.30 pm
    An Evening with Sophie Hannah

    1. Updates on Literature Cambridge courses. Bookings are open and places are filling. Members of the Elizabeth von Arnim Society can book at a discount price.

      Intensive summer courses:
      Virginia Woolf’s Gardens, 14-19 July 2019. http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/woolf-2019
      Fictions of Home: Jane Austen to present day refugee writers, 21-26 July 2019. http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/home-2019

      Study Days at Stapleford Granary, Cambridge
      Intensive study days with leading scholars. Note that we will study Woolf’s The Waves on 21 Sept. 2019. http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/waves

      Enquiries to info@literaturecambridge.co.uk

    2. I have ordered two books by Elizabeth von arming, the enchanted April and the German garden. I have quite a lot in common with Elizabeth. Annette mylene dawson

    1. Yes! Her book was published in 2013. Here is the citation (I’m American so I’m citing in Modern Language of America style here):

      Walker, Jennifer. Elizabeth of the German Garden: A Literary Journey. Sussex, England: Book Guild Publishing, 2013.

      I believe the book was printed in a limited run, but you may still obtain a copy by way of the Katherine Mansfield Society’s web site. http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/elizabeth-of-the-german-garden-a-literary-journey/

  5. Hello, recently i returned to Crans Montana in Switzerland to ski and rekindle my love for the area. While there, i walked down from Crans to the village of Bluche and just outside the village, i discovered a lovely little area at the side of the road dedicated to Elizabeth von Arnim. The seated area on the grass features one of the best mountain view scenes in Canton Valais. Its called Place de la Comtesse, and posters placed there give information about Elizabeth and her time living in the area. Its worthy of a little visit should you ever be in the area.

    1. Hello–

      Thank you so much for sharing this! If you have any pictures of the dedicated area we would be delighted to post those to our media sites.

      Warmest regards,

      Noreen O’Connor

  6. Can anyone tell me who did the illustrations for the Children’s book? It’s probably there somewhere but I can’t find it..it looks like a familiar style but don’t know of what..as it were

    1. Hello Ariel Johnson–

      Thank you for the question. I think you are referring to The April Baby’s Book of Tunes (1900), which is illustrated by Kate Greenaway. I’m not surprised you find her illustrations familiar, because she was very prolific and popular so that we still see her artwork even today in children’s books. Greenaway was near the end of her career when she did that book, as her first illustrations came to in the late 1860s and she died in 1901. I like this web page from The Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibit of Greenaway’s work: http://www.clevelandart.org/research/in-the-library/collection-in-focus/k-kate…kate-greenaway

      Warm regards,

      Noreen O’Connor

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