The Enchanted April

The Enchanted April

By Elizabeth Von Arnim; Terence De Vere White (Introduction by)

Virago Press (UK), Paperback, 9780860685173, 263pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 1987

A discreet advertisement in 'The Times', addressed to 'Those who Apppreciate Wisteria and Sunshine...' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women. High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for but never known.
First published in 1922 and reminscient of 'Elizabeth and her German Garden', this delightful novel is imbued with the descriptive power and light-hearted irreverence for which Elizabeth von Arnin is renowned.

About the Author
A greatly admired literary figure of her time, Elizabeth von Arnim was born in 1866 and brought up in England. Her 1922 work, "The Enchanted April", (inspired by a month-long holiday to the Italian Riviera), is perhaps her best known work. It has been credited with making the Italian resort of Portofino fashionable. Von Arnim spent later years in Switzerland, the French Riviera and America, where she died in 1941.