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~Ebook ♠ Olivia ♂ Considered one of the most subtle and beautifully written lesbian novels of the century, thisclassic returns to print in a Cleis Press edition Dorothy Strachey s classic Olivia captures the awakening passions of an English adolescent sent away for a year to a small finishing school outside Paris The innocent but watchful Olivia develops an infatuation for her headmistress, Mlle Julie, and through this screen of love observes the tense romance between Mlle Julie and the other head of the school, Mlle Cara, in its final months Although not strictly autobiographical, Olivia draws on the author s experiences at finishing schools run by the charismatic Mlle Marie Souvestre, whose influence lived on through former students like Natalie Barney and Eleanor Roosevelt Olivia was dedicated to the memory of Strachey s friend Virginia Woolf and published to acclaim inColette wrote the screenplay for thefilm adaptation of the novel In , Olivia was included on the Publishing Triangle s widely publicized list of theBest Gay and Lesbian Novels of the th Century Dorothy Strachey was the sister of the novelist Lytton Strachey and a prominent member of the Bloomsbury GroupOlivia, originally published under a pseudonym, is her only novel I ll do a proper review of this novel after I see the 1951 movie Olivia, but FYI it s wonderful I ll do a proper review of this novel after I see the 1951 movie Olivia, but FYI it s wonderful This is a supposed classic of lesbian fiction I had to check it out Sometimes novels or movies for that matter are named classics due to their sheer quality, originality and epic grandness, sometimes it is due to their contents being revolutionary for its day or for pioneering a new territory or genre With Olivia it might have been the latter It is a well written story of a student s ardent and incredibly chaste crush on her schoolmistress As characteristic of its time, the Victorian sens This is a supposed classic of lesbian fiction I had to check it out Sometimes novels or movies for that matter are named classics due to their sheer quality, originality and epic grandness, sometimes it is due to their contents being revolutionary for its day or for pioneering a new territory or genre With Olivia it might have been the latter It is a well written story of a student s ardent and incredibly chaste crush on her schoolmistress As characteristic of its time, the Victorian sensibilities of the era make this primarily the passion of the mind and not a happy one at that The object of affections comes across as emotionally manipulative and cruel, the eponymous character is much too na ve and reserved and the entire novel is somewhat overwrought with sentimental ornamentations It is entirely possible that it simply packs a lesser punch that other gay and lesbian classics of its time because, although inspired by certain real facts, this is a work written by a heterosexual woman who has consistently denied that Olivia was based on her No personal struggle has inspired this, it is merely a sort of tragic fantasy, a fine read with some lovely language usage, but far from a great one Heard about this from a great GQ piece called 21 Books You Don t Have to Read, which dismisses canonical standards and offers replacements instead Here s from the entry for this book I have never been able to fathom why The Catcher in the Ryeis such a canonical novel I read it because everyone else in school was reading it but thought it was totally silly Now, looking back, I find that it is without any literary merit whatsoever Why waste adolescents time Alternatively, I d suggest Oli Heard about this from a great GQ piece called 21 Books You Don t Have to Read, which dismisses canonical standards and offers replacements instead Here s from the entry for this book I have never been able to fathom why The Catcher in the Ryeis such a canonical novel I read it because everyone else in school was reading it but thought it was totally silly Now, looking back, I find that it is without any literary merit whatsoever Why waste adolescents time Alternatively, I d suggest Olivia , the story of a British teenage girl who is sent to a boarding school in France It is short and written in a kind of levelheaded and deceptively straightforward style Olivia eventually falls in love with her teacher Mademoiselle Julie T, who in turn, and without reciprocating that love out loud, is equally in love with Olivia Julie never takes a wrong step, but there are signs for those who know how to read them I ve read Oliviamany, many times, and bought it for many of my friends. In the pantheon of lesbian classics reigns Olivia, Strachey s gripping account of her own coming of age, which is actually a roman clef about two progressive Belle poque girls schools founded by Marie Souvestre Strachey attended both Allenswood in England and, in France near the forest of Fontainebleau, Les Ruches Olivia is set at Les Ruches It was, of course, a beehive of erotic activity Top Student Eleanor Roosevelt plays a supporting role in a cast that includes Strachey s headmist In the pantheon of lesbian classics reigns Olivia, Strachey s gripping account of her own coming of age, which is actually a roman clef about two progressive Belle poque girls schools founded by Marie Souvestre Strachey attended both Allenswood in England and, in France near the forest of Fontainebleau, Les Ruches Olivia is set at Les Ruches It was, of course, a beehive of erotic activity Top Student Eleanor Roosevelt plays a supporting role in a cast that includes Strachey s headmistress and later employer, Marie Souvestre, rivaling the narrator for the love of another teacher Natalie and Laura Barney were also among Souvestre s notable boarders, and we learn in Barney s 1926 novel, Les amants feminins ou la troisi me, that Natalie still kept a cottage nearby, thirty years later.Les Ruches left a lifelong impression upon most of its students, and so does Olivia Much is written between the lines, so go slowly and savor what is not being said as much as what is being written In that respect it reminds me of the other reigning majesty in the pantheon, A Legacy by Sybille Bedford Of the two, Olivia is much easier to read I was desperately curious about this because boarding school and lesbians and older book makes for a pretty interesting combination And interesting it is, but so terribly odd in some ways too I don t think this sort of book would make it past a contemporary slush pile, to be honest The setup drags on for quite some time, despite the book s short length, and there are numerous red herrings I d initially expected, for example, that Olivia s love interest would be Laura, but insteadinstead we I was desperately curious about this because boarding school and lesbians and older book makes for a pretty interesting combination And interesting it is, but so terribly odd in some ways too I don t think this sort of book would make it past a contemporary slush pile, to be honest The setup drags on for quite some time, despite the book s short length, and there are numerous red herrings I d initially expected, for example, that Olivia s love interest would be Laura, but insteadinstead we have something of a Boston marriage between teachers, and teachers embroiled in jealousy and schemes andall sorts of things.Now, jealousy and schemes and so on those would still go over like gangbusters But no, what makes this feel so specific to its time is the peculiar chaste crush Olivia develops on one of her teachers at finishing school Olivia does not really know what the crush means I don t think she really has any idea what she wants out of it other than to be close to the teacher Another,sophisticated girl might It is not entirely clear, either, what Miss Julie wants, but it s so utterly clear to everyone, perhaps, but Olivia that Olivia is not going to get what she s looking for.In a contemporary book, I d probably be looking for quite a bitforcharacter development, especially of students forabout Olivia post schooling foraction, even quiet action not necessarilyrelationship action between Olivia and Miss Julie, mind, becauseconsentand not necessarilyrelationship action in general Stillthe slow pacing and older feeling to the book seem absolutely right for what it is, and gosh, I have to start readingliterary books, because the vocabulary here was a delight When I bought this book I joked to my friend that books like this should come with a tragedy meter On a scale of 0 10, how likely are the lesbians to die at the end I was nervous that I d be frustrated and wouldn t enjoy the book because of that tragic trope However, I found myself drawn in by the writing style I also really appreciated the sense of adolescent mystery that the book captured The narrator, Olivia, hasn t really figured out what s going on with erotic connections I don t thi When I bought this book I joked to my friend that books like this should come with a tragedy meter On a scale of 0 10, how likely are the lesbians to die at the end I was nervous that I d be frustrated and wouldn t enjoy the book because of that tragic trope However, I found myself drawn in by the writing style I also really appreciated the sense of adolescent mystery that the book captured The narrator, Olivia, hasn t really figured out what s going on with erotic connections I don t think she quite knows what she is feeling, and I don t think she knows how to parse the behavior that goes on around her This makes for a moving mystery story I remember how it felt to not quite understand what was going on in myself and others The novel is a fast, deceptively simple read, but there s a lot going on with the characters I expect I ll be thinking about this for quite some time And spoiler alert given how many of the characters read as lesbians to me, I was pleasantly surprised to find that almost none of them died at the end Fantastic and passionate Mlle Julia is a force of nature I read Olivia, by Olivia in its very first 1949 edition I made researches to know who Olivia could be and I found Dorothy Bussy 1865 1960 , English, published three works, only one of them was a novel Olivia in 1949 She has it published under the pseudonym Olivia In my 1949 edition, the name Dorothy Bussy is not even mentioned.This novel caused a scandal when it was published Why Because it is a disguised autobiography and its subject is the author s love for her female teacher.In this a I read Olivia, by Olivia in its very first 1949 edition I made researches to know who Olivia could be and I found Dorothy Bussy 1865 1960 , English, published three works, only one of them was a novel Olivia in 1949 She has it published under the pseudonym Olivia In my 1949 edition, the name Dorothy Bussy is not even mentioned.This novel caused a scandal when it was published Why Because it is a disguised autobiography and its subject is the author s love for her female teacher.In this autobiographical novel, Olivia, a sixteen year old English girl, is sent to a renowned French boarding school to study Two lovers women run it Miss Julie, in real life Marie Souvestre 1835 1905 , French and Miss Cara.As soon as she arrived in this small boarding school which accommodated nothan thirty five teenager girls, Olivia fell in love with Miss Julie, who did not seem indifferent to the young girl This love might be chaste, except for a few hand rubs and rare hugs But no matter what the blur, love is there, real, passionate.Olivia throws herself into love whole heartedly, without having the key of what this love is It s her first love, it s violent, whole, handsome Olivia will discover that it is love, she will also discover jealousy, selfishness, hatred, anything that comes behind love or upsets it.If she loved afterwards, this first love will have left its mark on her for everShe was reading for me For me, for me alone I knew it Yes, only I could understand I, and no one else And, once again, through my whole being, I tasted this feeling of total intimacy, of close communication, that words, that even caresses are powerless to awaken I was with her forever I was close to her, at her side, in this infinitely beautiful, infinitely distant area, whose divine radiance spread over our dark and icy world, the warmth of pity, tenderness, renunciation A very beautiful love story, full of nuance, where classical literature and poetry, taught at the school and read to her students by Miss Julie, can arouse the impulses of the heart, as well as soothe hearts in love or unhappy ones.There is a passage in the book that touched me personally A person who is dear to me, in my life, has taken a wrong path for years, wrong for her and her family I realized that months ago But she doesn t want my help and refuses to face the reality of her situation She runs to disaster, it breaks my heart, and my powerlessness gnaws at me I try to get used to the idea that you can t help a person in spite of her or him, despite all the desire you have to be helpfull Everyone is responsible for their choices and their lives That s why, when I read the following passage, it helped me to acceptPoor Miss Cara had been a weak, selfish and vain creature That s how I judged her She had allowed herself to be degraded by suffering she had not known how to fight against jealousy and bad pride Would she have been able to fight I didn t know But we could fight and I could fight Between good and evil, to choose good was all what we had to do, was it Great female authors do us good PS I read this book in its French 1949 version, so the quotes are my translation, forgive my English, please I cannot believe this work is notwell known as an early book about the lesbian experience Possibly autobiographical, it tells the story of a 16 year old girl s love for her teacher A classic story, to be sure, but Bussy imbues such a passion and immediacy to her tale that it is my personal suspicion that the pain of her loss and her love never faded, even after 40 years and a marriage It is impossible to know what is important is that this is a beautiful little book an artless, guile I cannot believe this work is notwell known as an early book about the lesbian experience Possibly autobiographical, it tells the story of a 16 year old girl s love for her teacher A classic story, to be sure, but Bussy imbues such a passion and immediacy to her tale that it is my personal suspicion that the pain of her loss and her love never faded, even after 40 years and a marriage It is impossible to know what is important is that this is a beautiful little book an artless, guileless story about a girl s innocent but forbidden love