Sunday, 1 September 2019

Marie Corelli : A Romance of Two Worlds

“A Romance of Two Worlds” is the first book of Marie Corelli’s that I read and I’ve been intrigued by her life and works ever since. It was her first novel.

In the prologue Marie Corelli wrote "..... I wish it to be plainly understood that in this book, I personally advocate no new theory of either religion or philosophy; nor do I hold myself answerable for the opinions expressed by any of my characters. My aim is to let facts speak for themselves. If they seem strange, unreal, even impossible, I can only say that the things of the invisible world most always appear so to those whose thoughts and desires are centred on this life only."

Although "A Romance of Two Worlds" is the favorite,"The Life Everlasting" is a close second .....

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Marie Corelli's Mild Eccentricities

Prior to the first world war, Marie Corelli loved boating on the River Avon close to her home in Stratford-upon-Avon. She owned an Italian gondola bought following the conclusion of the Italian Exhibition at Earl's Court in London in 1904. She took trips on the river with her lifelong companion Bertha Vyver, and with visiting friends.

Bertha was a keen photographer who took both the images shown below:

Marie Corelli and Bertha were often seen enjoying a ride through the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon in their carriage led by two Shetland ponies.