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The Provincial Lady in America by E.M.…

The Provincial Lady in America (1934)

by E.M. Delafield

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Series: Provincial Lady (3)

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The Third in the delightful "Provincial Lady" series finds our pungently witty English lady traveling the United States. Her two earlier books were set in Devonshire and London respectively, where she set down her observations of life and letters as they affected her and her menage of husband, two children and assorted servants, friends and acquaintances.In this volume she comes to America on a literary tour. She visits New York, Cleveland, Chicago and the World's Fair of 1932, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, among other cities -- confiding to her diary as she goes her shrewd and barbed thoughts and queries. Here is no British What's-Wrong-with-America, but rather a delightful See-Yourselves-as-Others-See-You: a challenge to the American sense of humor.Readers of Diary of a Provincial Lady and The Provincial Lady in London will be further amused and charmed by their favorite diarist's trans-Atlantic adventures.… (more)



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A funny take on America in the 1930s, as experienced by a self-deprecating Englishwoman. It’s very odd to read this light piece of humor, in which new dresses and huge cars figure prominently, and realize it was written during the Depression. The Englishwoman, by the way, loves Chicago the best. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
At a mere 107 pages, The provincial lady in America is the least substantial part of E. M. delafield's tetralogy The Diary of a Provincial Lady. This is the result of the diary starting on July 7.

This volume starts with the receipt of a contract for the issuing of "the provincial lady's" book in the United States, and an invitation to travel to the States at the invitation of her publisher. The publication of a book marks the next step in her career, a natural progression from the previous volume in the series, The provincial lady goes further.

In The provincial lady in America, the author (character) remains her same old naive, modest self, and the diary consists of much of the same chatter as the previous volumes. However, the American diary is a bit more readable than the previous installments, because the author's travel itinerary provides a sense of narrative structure.

Like the previous volumes in the tetralogy, The provincial lady in America can be read as a still frame of life in the United States at the time, in the late 1930s, specifically with the regard to the literary scene, as the reader can follow through the author's reading. There are some minor references to the developing political situation in Europe. ( )
  edwinbcn | Oct 28, 2012 |
So wonderful!! ( )
  simplybookdrunk | Jun 10, 2009 |
Our lucky Provincial Lady has had a book published (when did she find the time to write it in between dealing with servants, bills and children?) so is off to America to do a book tour. This book contains many characters from the original Provincial Lady Diary, as well as some new ones, as the Provincial Lady shares her views of American hospitality (wonderful, if cocktail laden), travelling (not at night if possible), American food (under-rated and vastly superior to English food) and other important details.
Though now over 60 years old, this is still a fantastically good book, both funny and insightful. A word of warning - a lot of it may not make much sense if you have not read Diary of a Provincial Lady, as it refers to many characters that you are already assumed to know, but if you are up on the series, you are sure to find this one a delight! ( )
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