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BAGNOLD, Enid.

Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.

London, William Heinemann, 1918 & 1920 Stock Code: 139421
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Enid Bagnold's two wartime works, each inscribed by her to Dorothy Heath, her friend and fellow FANY driver, together with three letters and a postcard from Bagnold to Heath: Diary Without Dates is inscribed on the dedication page verso, "To Dorothy Heath (who said 'Did you write this?' and changed my career in France) with love from Enid 1919"; The Happy Foreigner is inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Dorothy - in memory of her paper cell at Ber-le-duc and in part payment for the bath she lent me and which I lost in the river. Enid Bagnold June 28. 1920". A Diary Without Dates, Bagnold's war memoir of her work as a VAD from 1914 to 1918, was published in January 1918, and this is a third impression, published two months later; The Happy Foreigner is a first edition.
Though Bagnold received critical acclaim for A Diary Without Dates, she was expelled from her job after publication. She subsequently signed up to the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), and her experiences there formed the basis of her semi-autobiographical novella, The Happy Foreigner. Bagnold met Heath in France when she joined Unit 6 at Bar-le-Duc just after the Armistice in November 1918. There, they shared a makeshift hut on the brink of the river Meuse, where Bagnold presumably lost Heath's bath. In the book, Bagnold describes their "paper cells", which she referenced in the inscription: "A narrow corridor ran down the centre of it, and on either hand were four square cells divided one from the other by grey paper stretched upon laths of wood making eight in all. At one end was a small hall filled with mackintoshes. At the other a sitting-room. This was the home of the women drivers attached to the garage. In one of these paper cells, henceforward to be her own, Fanny set up her intimate life... The daylight showed her nothing to wash in, no jug, no basin" (p. 10).

Their friendship continued after the war, as evidenced by the accompanying three letters and postcard from Bagnold to Heath arranging lunches together. Bagnold's most famous work, National Velvet, was published in 1935.

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Description

2 works, octavo. The Happy Foreigner: Original blue cloth, title to spine in gilt; Diary Without Dates: Original green drab boards, title to spine and front cover in black. Together with 3 letters and a postcard: 1) typed letter signed, undated, on headed paper, 13 Hyde Park Gardens; 2) autograph letter signed, dated 29 June, on headed paper, 13 Hyde Park Gardens (an annotation to the latter ascribes a year of 1926); 3) autograph letter signed, 10 July, on headed paper, 8 Little College Street, Westminster; 4) sepia postcard from Paris, 4 December 1951.

Condition

Diary Without Dates: spine darkened, head of spine somewhat chipped, contents slightly toned, otherwise clean and unmarked. The Happy Foreigner: inner hinges cracked and sometime repaired, contents clean and unmarked. A very nice set.

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