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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Was Amanda McKittrick Ros the worst novelist in history?

It is apparent from the get-go that this is a poorly written irenf. Feb 22, Tabitha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lewis, and other Oxford dons used to get together and read Ros aloud to see how far one could read without cracking up.

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The latter contains “Visiting Westminster Abbey,” which opens: Point is, the lady’s a stinky writer. If I was rating this book on the amount of laughter it produced while reading aloud to my family it would garner five stars, however, it does live up to its reputation as the worst novel ever written, hence the one star rating.


Jul 03, Stephanie: Read it for a laugh, otherwise avoid avoid avoid. Huxley acknowledges the extreme unlikelihood of Ros ever having read Lyly but is nonetheless struck by the strange resemblance in their approaches to language. This is supposed to be one of the worst novels ever written. This book was pretty painful to read.

Jan 08, Alouise Dittrick rated it it was amazing. Northrop Frye said of Ros’ novels that they use “rhetorical material without being able to absorb or assimilate it: The collection of first editions covers all her major works including volumes of her poetry Fumes of Formation and Poems of Puncturetogether with lesser known pieces iddesleigb as Kaiser Bill and Donald Dudley: Or do tell, if you think there’s a better contender for worst ever novelist — but I will take some convincing.

Well, I do love it, for all the wrong reasons. Poetry is always written before prose and always in a language as remote as possible from the language of ordinary life.

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Want to Read saving…. However, I find the heroine’s last name, Iddesleigh, strangely compelling.

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First I thought, “Aw, that’s mean,” but then I decided to check it out. It’s short and an easy enough read, if you don’t mind how positively bad it is in almost every aspect. See, this is the kind of book that makes Shakespeare’s skeletal forehead slam itself repeatedly into the coffin lid, all the while spinning madly from the sheer misuse of the English language.


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Christopher Shultz writes weird, dark fiction. In the s she attended Marlborough Teacher Training College in Dublinwas appointed Monitor at Millbrook National School, LarneCounty Antrimfinished her training at Marlborough and then became a qualified teacher at the same school.

View all 6 comments. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. Urene were realizing that prose could be written with art, and they wrote it as artificially as they possibly could Then, as its enormities went on getting more and more enormous in every line, the book seemed something titanic, gigantic, awe-inspiring. This book is wretched.