Morning Olives

This morning’s name was Olive Schreiner — puzzling, until I realized that I had probably gotten to Schreiner via Olive Higgins Prouty (through the name Olive), and Prouty probably bubbled up in my subconscious because I’d recently seen references to Stella Dallas in Zippy cartoons. A long and winding road.

Olive Schreiner. From Wikipedia:

Olive Schreiner (24 March 1855 – 11 December 1920) was a South African author, anti-war campaigner and intellectual. She is best remembered today for her novel The Story of an African Farm which has been highly acclaimed since its first publication in 1883 for the bold manner in which it deals with some of the burning issues of the day, including agnosticism, existential independence, individualism, the professional aspirations of women, and the elemental nature of life on the colonial frontier. In more recent studies she has also been identified as an advocate for those sidelined by the forces of British Imperialism, such as the Afrikaners, and later other South African groups like Blacks, Jews and Indians – to name but a few.

The woman and her celebrated book:



Olive Higgins Prouty. From Wikipedia:

Olive Higgins Prouty (10 January 1882 – 24 March 1974) was an American novelist and poet, best known for her 1922 novel Stella Dallas and her pioneering consideration of psychotherapy in her 1941 novel Now, Voyager. Olive Higgins, who was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a 1904 graduate of Smith College and married Louis Prouty in 1907, at which time the couple moved to Brookline, Massachusetts in 1908.

Stella Dallas was adapted into a stage play in 1924, movies in 1925 and most notably 1937 as a melodrama of the same title that starred Barbara Stanwyck and was nominated for two Academy Awards, and a radio serial which was broadcast daily for 18 years, despite Prouty’s legal efforts (since she had not authorized the sale of the broadcast rights, and was displeased with her characters’ portrayals). Now, Voyager was made into a film of the same name in 1942, directed by Irving Rapper and starring Bette Davis, and a radio drama, starring Ida Lupino and produced by Cecil B. de Mille on the Lux Radio Theater.

Earlier on this blog, a 6/25/13 posting with a Zippy about the 1937 movie of Stella Dallas.

And now two movie posters:


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