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Publications by and about the English author Elizabeth Goudge.
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Who Was Elizabeth Goudge?


Elizabeth Goudge, born in Wells, England in 1900, was a popular writer of historical novels. Her book, Green Dolphin Street, was made into a feature length film. Her books on the Eliot family are perhaps some of her best works. This series explores the complexity of a changing world injured by World War and splitting forever the hand me down values of one generation to another. Goudge's work captured the spirit of the British character in a compelling and spiritual way, especially at a time when most major writers, appearing with her on the best seller list, were producing oppressive and cynical works. Goudge's works had a popular following and many of her novels were best sellers. Yet, she remains untapped as a major literary figure.

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Works About Elizabeth Goudge

The Joy of the Snow is an autobiographical work by Elizabeth Goudge. It provides insight into the author's life and work through her own words.


The World of Elizabeth Goudge by the late Sylvia Gower is an excellent work uniting the places that inspired stories with the particular works.


Photograph by Mike Peel ( Wikimedia Commons.

Glorying in the Cross by Henry Leighton Goudge, Elizabeth's father, includes a preface written by Elizabeth Goudge. This preface is as much revealing of her father's character as it is her own. The details of her father's childhood and the account of his relationship with his family provide an excellent insight into his influence on Elizabeth's writing. Henry Leighton Goudge became Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford.


A Listing of Some of the Works of Elizabeth Goudge

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The Little White Horse - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0142300276

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Green Dolphin Street - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0955731224

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Island Magic - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0848813421

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The World of Elizabeth Goudge - Sylvia Gower
ISBN: 0954201507

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Linnets and Valerians - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0142300268

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I Saw Three Ships - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 1567923690

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The Bird in the Tree - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0340638435
The Eliot Saga 1940

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The Golden Skylark - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0848813405

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The White Witch - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0340019301

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The Dean's Watch - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0848805097

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The Blue Hills - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0848817397
AKA Henrietta's House 1942

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A City of Bells - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0848813391

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The Child from the Sea - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 0736601414

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Gentian Hill - Elizabeth Goudge
ISBN: 1417990481


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Places Appearing in the Works of Elizabeth Goudge -- Wells Cathedral

Elizabeth Goudge was born in Wells, Somerset on April 24, 1900. Her father, the Reverend Henry Goudge, taught at the cathedral school. Her mother, Ida Colette, was raised in the Channel Islands. Her parents would influence her writing but not as much as the places she lived. Wells figures in to many of her stories.


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Places Appearing in the Works of Elizabeth Goudge

Elizabeth moved with her family to Ely Cathedral when her father accepted a position there. There is no doubt this location with its beauty and character of the great cathedral had a profound influence on her life and writing.

Image of interior shot of Ely Cathedral from Wikimedia commons by Ziko.


Places Appearing in the Works of Elizabeth Goudge -- Oxford University

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Goudge's father became Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. Moving from Wells was traumatic, but Elizabeth soon learned to love Oxford, although her mother never liked it. Towers in the Mist was her work of historical fiction about Oxford during the reign of Elizabeth I.  


Places Appearing in the Works of Elizabeth Goudge -- Channel Islands

The Channel Islands greatly influenced Goudge's book Island Magic. As a child she visited her mother's family from whom she heard stories of island life. 

Image from Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Places Appearing in the Works of Elizabeth Goudge -- Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard, an 18th century maritime village, served as inspiration for several of her stories, including Gentian Hill.

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