From Olivia, a semi-biographical account of life at an all-girl French boarding school (lots of wish-fullfillment in those few words) published anonymously by Dorothy Strachey in 1949 (but written in 1933).
Similarly to Mädchen in Uniform the (very short) novel recounts the growing passion of a young student, Olivia, for her not-quite-disinterested-yet-unavailable teacher, Mlle Julie. Crucial - and highly entertaining - differences between Winsloe’s story and Strachey’s include
If you’re still putting together your Christmas wishlist, how about adding the pulp edition of this Virginia-Woolf-dedicated, Eleanor-Roosevelt-alluding, real-life-account of L Word-worthy trials and tribulations of an all-girl-boarding school? Or rather an application form for that school?
This really is a great little book to read if you’re at all interested in Eleanor Roosevelt’s life. One of her former classmates sent her a copy when it came out, and she acknowledged the gift but apparently said nothing more about it (though her autobiography basically comes right out and describes the relationship Souvestre had with the school administrator). (I’m a big ‘ole Roosevelt nerd, I know too much about this.)