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White, Antonia (Botting, Eirene)

We have an extensive collection of published works by the writer Antonia White (1899-1980). The finding list below, which includes first editions and a selection of more recent editions in chronological order, is derived from Explore the British Library.

Novels
Play
Diaries
Autobiography
Other published works
Related works
Biography
Translations

Other sources of information include the following:

The Emily Holmes Colman papers, University of Delaware
Sound Archive Catalogue

Antonia White, novelist, journalist, copywriter, lecturer and translator was born in London in 1899, the daughter of Cecil and Christine Botting. Her father was a classics scholar and schoolmaster. Antonia, brought up a Catholic and attending a convent school until the age of 15, struggled all her life with her faith and was racked with spiritual doubt. A complex and difficult personality she was never free from the threat of mental illness which she referred to as "the beast". In 1922 she was committed to Bethlem Royal Hospital, a mental asylum, after a severe mental breakdown. On leaving she underwent four years of Freudian analysis. Emotionally dominated by her father, Antonia's relationships with men were complicated, her first two marriages being annulled. By the age of 30 she had been married three times. She had two daughters Lyndall Hopkinson and Susan Chitty who have both recounted their problematic relationship with her in their memoirs. Antonia worked as chief copywriter for an advertising agency, for the BBC, as a translator and as a journalist in Fleet Street. The Lost traveller (1950), The Sugar house (1952) and Beyond the glass (1954) relate an autobiographical journey through the heroine's relations with men, mental illness and a reaffirmation of faith in Catholicism. Antonia's difficult relationship with her two daughters is recounted in Nothing to forgive by Lyndall B. Hopkinson (1988) and Now to my mother: a very personal memoir by Susan Chitty (1985).

 Novels

Frost in May. London: Desmond Harmsworth, 1933. Shelfmark: NN.20473
Later editions: [Large print ed.]. Chivers, 1987. Shelfmark: Nov.1987/931; Virago, 1978. Shelfmark: X.908/41745; Heinemann New Windmills, 1992. Shelfmark: Nov.1993/1005

The Lost traveller. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1950. Shelfmark: NNN.389
Later editions: Virago, 1979. Shelfmark: H.2001/1556; Fontana, 1982. Shelfmark: H.82/758

The Sugar house. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1952. Shelfmark: YA.2001.a.29690
Later editions: Virago, 1979. Shelfmark: H.2000/268; Fontana, 1982. Shelfmark: H.82/759

Beyond the glass. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1954. Shelfmark: NNN.5393
Later editions: Virago, 1979. Shelfmark: H.99/2620; Fontana, 1982. Shelfmark: H.82/759

Strangers. London: Harvill Press, 1954. Shelfmark: NNN.5490
Later editions: Virago, 1981. Shelfmark: X.958/1413

Minka and Curdy. London: Harvill Press, 1957. Shelfmark: 07293.r.13
Later editions: Virago, 1992. Shelfmark: YK.1993.a.2606

Living with Minka & Curdy. London: Harvill Press, 1970. Shelfmark: X998/2092

 Play

Three in a room: a comedy in three acts. London: Desmond Harmsworth, [1947]. (French's acting edition) Shelfmark: 11791.t.1/804

 Diaries

Diaries. Vol. 1: 1926-1957. Edited by Susan Chitty. London: Constable, 1991. Shelfmark: ZC.9.a.3138
Later edition: Virago, 1992. Shelfmark: YK.1993.a.465

Diaries. Vol. 2: 1958-1979. Edited by Susan Chitty. London: Constable, 1992. Shelfmark: ZC.9.a.3138
Later edition: Virago, 1993. Shelfmark: YC.1993.a.3241

 Autobiography

As once in May: the early autobiography of Antonia White and other writings. Edited by Susan Chitty. London: Virago, 1983. Shelfmark: Nov.50713
Later editions: Virago, 1991. Shelfmark: YK.1991.a.8570

 Other published works

BBC at war. Wembley: British Broadcasting Corporation, [1941]. Shelfmark: 8759.ccc.38

Guide to London pubs by Martin Green and Tony White. London: Heinemann, 1965. Shelfmark: X.808/1749

The Hound and the Falcon: the story of a reconversion to the Catholic faith. London: Longmans, 1965. Shelfmark: X.100/2649
Later editions: Collins, 1969. Shelfmark: X.108/8892; Virago, 1980. Shelfmark: X.208/5943.

 Related works

Susan Chitty, Now to my mother: a very personal memoir of Antonia White. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985. Shelfmark: YA.2001.a.31268

Lyndall P. Hopkinson, Nothing to forgive: a daughter's life of Antonia White. London: Chatto & Windus, 1988. Shelfmark: YC.1991.b.4371

Tom Hopkinson, Of this our time: a journalist's story, 1905-50. London: Hutchinson, 1982. Shelfmark: X.809/60723

Tom Hopkinson, Under the tropic. London: Hutchinson, 1984. Shelfmark: X.950/33096 (Sir Tom Hopkinson was Antonia's husband and father of her second daughter Lyndall Hopkinson.)

Elizabeth Podnieks, Daily modernism: the literary diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart and Anais Nin. Montreal; London: McGill - Queen's University Press, 2000. Shelfmark: YA. 2001.a.19282

 Biography

Jane Dunn, Antonia White: a life. London: Virago, 2000, c1998. Shelfmark: YC.2000.a.2913
(Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1998)

 Translations

Antonia published thirty-five full length translations from the French including works by Maupassant and Simenon, the "Claudine" novels by Colette and Voltaire's The History of Charles XII, King of Sweden (1731).