MacKenzie, Raymond N. Books

About the author: Dr. MacKenzie received his PhD in English from Kansas State University. He is currently Professor in the English Department at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. He has published a number of articles on literature, publishing history, and ethics.

Critical Biography of English Novelist, Viola Meynell, 1885-1956
2002 0-7734-7220-7
Meynell was in her time widely regarded as one of the generation’s greatest talents. She wrote a dozen novels, several books of stories, two memoirs, and two volumes of poetry, along with a great deal of literary journalism. No other full-length study or biography of Meynell exists. This study takes a chronological approach, and describes and analyzes her family life and intellectual background, and discusses the reception of her work, citing letters, sales figures, etc. It is based on archival research as well as extensive interviews with surviving family members and descendents of people who knew her.