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Elizabeth Goudge and herbs

February 27 2011 at 5:00 PM
Sally Startup 
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In an article about herbs in my own writing (Creating Fictional Plants, in the latest issue of Herbs) I stated that the novelist Elizabeth Goudge learned about herbal medicine from a friend. I am certain that I read this fact in a magazine interview with Elizabeth Goudge, but when I came to provide references for the article, I could not locate the source. I even contacted Anne Salter, director of the Weltner Library at Oglethorpe University (USA), which houses an Elizabeth Goudge collection. Anne was extremely helpful, but although she has heard rumours of such an interview, she has not seen it either. Can anyone help me to locate it? The magazine I read might well have been a herbal one of some kind.

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Sarah Head

Re: Elizabeth Goudge and herbs

February 27 2011, 5:34 PM 

I do hope someone is able to help you, Sally.

Elizabeth Goudge has had a significant impact my my family's life. It was because of her novel, Green Dolphin Country, that my mother took us all to New Zealand for a year in 1968 under the League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers. I devoured most of her books as a child and still have them. It was because of the numerous references to herbs that I first became interested in them. I still have to remember Miss Heliotrope in The Little White Horse when I forget the name of the plant!


Deborah Gaudin

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March 4 2011, 1:47 PM 

Elizabeth learnt about herbs from her gardener and companion Jesse Munroe.

Visit The Elizabeth Goudge website to find out more

regards Deborah

Sally Startup

Re Elizabeth Goodge and Herbs

March 12 2011, 11:42 AM 

Thanks Deborah,
The Elizabeth Goodge website is lovely, and I did use it in in my research. But I wasn't able to find the exact reference I was looking for, which was an interview I remember reading, in which Elizabeth stated specifically that the herbal knowledge in The White Witch was provided by 'a herbalist friend' (presumably Jesse).

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