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1949; The Hogarth Press publishers, London; hardbound smaller book with pink/red boards; boards are faded a bit (pic); no dust jacket; minor fading of pages; owner's name inside front (small cursive).


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Published anonymously, it "tells in autobiographical form the story of a year passed by an English girl in a French school" and of her growing passion for one of her teachers. The author herself was bisexual, she was married to the artist Simon Bussy and had affairs with women including Lady Ottoline Morrell.


Introduction -

"I have occupied this idle, empty winter with writing a story.  It has been written to please myself, without thought of my own vanity or modesty, without regard for other people's feelings, without considering whether I shock or hurt the living, without scrupling to speak of the dead.


The world, I know is changing.  I am not indifferent to the revolution that has caught us in its mighty skirts... This account of what happened to me during a year that I spent at school in France seems ..."

OLIVIA by Olivia (Dorothy Bussy)

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