(Is she based on a real-life author?)|
In the "real world", Angela Brazil was author of over 50 books, which were first published between 1904 and 1946. She was born in Preston (UK) in 1868 and died in 1947, having lived in Coventry (UK) for many years.|
"The great question about her is, why were her books so popular? For popular they undoubtedly were. Adult readers may be aware of their repetitive plots, flowery style and extraordinary slang, and may see little merit in her works. Yet she was so successful that her name has become synonymous with her chosen genre." -- Sims & Clare, The Encyclopaedia of girls' school stories, 2000.
For further information see:
* Sims & Clare, The Encyclopaedia of school stories. Vol. 1: The Encyclopaedia of girls' school stories., Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000. ISBN 0 7546 0082 3 (amazon.com, search)
* [Monitress Merle by Angela Brazil on Project Gutenberg]
* various websites - find them using your favourite search engine