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BRAZIL, Angela (1868-1947). Writer of books for schoolgirls.
Autograph Letter Signed to Miss Pyke, 3½ pages 8vo (a little soiled), The Quadrant, Coventry [blind stamp], 5 March 1918. Sending contributions to a charity sale, including a copy of 'The Madcap of the School' [no longer included].
'... I did not know of the Girls' Realm Guild Trust Fund, & think it is the most splendid object I have heard about for a long time. Thank you for bringing it my notice. I am sending the secretary a guinea for it, & Dr Brazil [her brother] promises the same.
 'I have always thought the fate of the gently brought up girl, thrown untrained upon the world, is a most bitter tragedy, & this Trust Fund must meet a very great need. ...'
Angela Brazil was the author of forty-eight books for children. Hilary Clare in Oxford DNB comments that:
'So vast was Angela Brazil's contribution to the girls' school story that she is popularly supposed to have invented it, but in fact it had been emerging as a separate genre for over twenty years before her first essays in it. She gained her pre-eminence by a prolific output and a concentration on the genre, so that by the 1920s she was recognized as the leading writer of girls' school stories.'
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