I haven’t had a chance to read all of Irene Iddesleigh, or Delina Delaney – but believe me, I soon plan to rectify that. O’Connell provides some. Irene Iddesleigh is Mrs. Ros’s first novel. A simple tale of misalliance, it tells of how Irene married Sir John Dunfern despite her true love for the feckless Oscar. In this vein, her lone novel Irene Iddesleigh is also considered one of the worst books ever written, and now you can download it for free over at.

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Apr 22, Holly Carville rated it liked it. Readers like Lewis and Tolkien who found this kind of stuff a source of amusement were, in her view, essentially unserious and motivated by jealousy of her talent. It is iddesoeigh how late in the history of every literature simplicity is invented.

Not so much for the dreadful overwritten prose, which becomes quite amusing once you got the hang of it, but for the terrible morality of the story.

View all 6 comments. Her works were not read widely, and her eccentric, over-written, ” purple ” circumlocutory writing is alleged by some critics to be some of the worst prose and poetry ever written.

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Stephanie Jackson rated it did not like it Oct 02, Read more Read less. They read them for their rigorously terrible sentences and for the masochistic pleasures of translating them into something like sense.

Belfast Public Libraries have a large collection of manuscriptstypescripts and first editions of her work. Lewisand Mark Twain.

Irene Iddesleigh: Amanda McKittrick Ros: : Books

That’s the only way to describe it. Tolkien, and their fellow Inklings were largely responsible for this enthusiasm: See all customer images. They sailed to the USA, took up residence in a small town in N. Which has me thinking Then, as its enormities went on getting more and more enormous in every line, the book seemed something titanic, gigantic, awe-inspiring. A few pages later it became too much for patience and, needless to say, I didn’t finish it.


Sep 21, Sudha Hariharan rated it did not like it. Commonly thought to be the worst novel ever written, Irene Iddesleigh is a quick reverse how-to on writing a book – – see how many pages you can stomach before giving up, and remember not to do any of what you just read in your own book. There was, for her, nothing the least bit funny about, say, the fact that most of the characters in her last novel, Helen Huddleson, were named after fruits and vegetables from aristocrats like Lord Raspberry and Sir Christopher Currant right down the social scale to Madam Pear and Lily Lentil the servant girl.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. They sailed to the USA, took up residence in a small town in N. Apparently the worst novelist ever — and a quick glance at her work shows she can lay a lot more claim to the title than poor old Edward Bulwer-Lytton — the late century writer was an obsession of Lewis, Tolkien and their fellow Inklings, according to Mark O’Connell’s history of the worst things ever, Epic Fail.

Mists rolled away, snowy peaks, never before scaled by human foot, of the very existence of which one never dreamt, stretched themselves heavenwards. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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For those who can’t make it past the first paragraph, it’s didesleigh story of an orphan who was adopted at 11, and despite loving her tutor, married the wealthy bachelor neighbor. One of them would start reading it aloud, and see how many sentences he read before someone started laughing. Inshe wrote to her publisher Stanley T. One person found this helpful.

Call me crazy, but I liked it. He then drowns himself, and Irene decides to cut her losses and return to England. Jul 27, David Katzman marked it as to-read. Ships from and sold by Amazon.


Lewis said that this was the worst book ever written in iddeseigh English language. Diana Kirk rated it really liked it Aug 23, Her story gives us some perspective on what we tend to think of as a uniquely contemporary phenomenon: The point at which Ros became a viral underground phenomenon—what we might refer to nowadays as the tipping point—came when a copy of Irene Iddesleigh found its way into the hands of the critic and poet Barry Pain. Orphaned, adopted, married to Lord Dunford, imprisoned by same, mother of Iddespeigh Dunford, escapee, married again to Oscar Oswald, widowed, shamed forever until found dead- Irene.

This book was pretty painful to read. Writers are famously egotistical people, but they are also typically tormented by self-doubt. Ros believed that her critics lacked sufficient intellect to appreciate her talent, and was convinced that they conspired against her for revealing the corruption of society’s ruling classes, thereby disturbing “the bowels of millions”.

August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Apr 11, Laura rated it did not like it.

The Oxford literary group the Inklingswhich included C. First I thought, “Aw, that’s mean,” but then I decided to check it out. First, the plot, briefly: Fantastically florid, marvelously moral WaPo called it the worst book ever written. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Maybe she was paid by the word. Jonathan Hall rated it did not like it Nov 15, It is a total hoot. You can find new stories here.