The 'British' Carmen Sylva: recuperating a German-Romanian writer
Nixon, Laura Elizabeth (2014) The 'British' Carmen Sylva: recuperating a German-Romanian writer. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Carmen Sylva (1843-1916), a German princess and the first Queen of Romania, was a well-known royal figure and a prolific writer. Under this pseudonym, she published around fifty volumes in a wide variety of genres, including poetry, short stories and aphorisms. During her lifetime she was a regular feature in the British periodical press and visited Britain on numerous occasions. Widely reviewed – both celebrated and condemned for her ‘fatal fluency’ – Sylva’s work became marginalised after her death and has yet to be fully recovered. She has only recently received critical attention in her native Germany and has yet to be recuperated within British literary culture.
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