Rumer Godden (1586 words)

  • Louise Harrington (University of Wales, Cardiff)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Share on Facebook Tweet Report an Error

One of the most widely-read of authors of the twentieth-century, Rumer Godden was always more of a popular success than a critical one, although her skills as a storyteller have always been much admired. In recent years, however, increasing attention is being paid to her vivid portrayals, in novels such as Black Narcissus (1939), Breakfast with the Nikolides (1942), The River (1946) and Kingfishers Catch Fire (1953), of the last years of British rule in India. Writings such as these betray a passionate but ambivalent relationship with India and with the Indian people.

Margaret Rumer (Peggie) Godden was born in Eastbourne on 10 December 1907, the second of four daughters. Her father, Arthur Leigh …

We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.

Citation:
Harrington, Louise. "Rumer Godden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 April 2004
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1774, accessed 22 September 2017.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.