Dorothy Bussy: Olivia (2115 words)


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Olivia is a novella by Dorothy Bussy (née Strachey, 1865-1960) first published in 1949 by the Hogarth Press. Bussy’s novella appeared pseudonymously, announcing itself as a memoir of the eponymous “Olivia” herself, and has until recently been reprinted under that pseudonym. Focussing on desire between women, Olivia recalls an intensely formative year in the life of its sixteen-year-old protagonist as she moves from England to France to finish her education at Les Avons school in the late nineteenth century. The novella has been widely translated, and has become a classic of modern lesbian fiction. Kathryn Holland suggests that Olivia has garnered an “…

Citation: Yiannitsaros, Christopher. "Olivia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 August 2020 [, accessed 27 January 2021.]

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