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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 08:21 GMT 09:21 UK
Your memories of Barbara Cartland
British romantic novelist Barbara Cartland has died at the age of 98.
Dame Barbara was one of the world's most successful authors, with estimated worldwide sales of one billion copies in 36 languages.
Her romantic novels, many on the theme of the innocent young lady swept off her feet by a dashing young suitor, brought joy to readers all over the world.
How will you remember Dame Barbara? What are your memories of the Queen of Romance?
My grandmother had an entire bookcase of Cartland novels, which I spent many late nights reading at her big old house in Mississippi. When I think of Barbara Cartland, I remember my very intelligent, wonderful granny. Thanks for the happy memories!
When I worked for well-known photocopier company, I sold Dame Barbara Cartland a large volume photocopier for the reproduction of her manuscripts. She used a lot of A3 paper and the enlargement button so she could read her own work. She was such a professional who took a great pride in her work.
Minnu Serene Jacob, Kuwait
Although never a prude, Dame Barbara's books emphasise the spiritual aspects of love - the aspects that sustain us when our bodies begin to fail. Too, her writings on nutrition have influenced me tremendously. Finally, Dame Barbara was not a great writer as in Shakespeare or Austen or Shelley and did not pretend to be. However, what greater service is there than to "shed joy around" (Victor Hugo)?
Dave Jones, UK
I read Barbara's book in my secondary school days. They bring joy to my soul and love to my heart. May her gentle soul rest in the bosom of the almighty.
Am I the only man in England to have read every one of her books? I'd be keen to know!
Farewell, Dame Cartland - you gave the world hope of what is good and pure within our inner selves. God be with you. Rest in peace.
I came across her books in a thrift store when I was 20. I was expecting my first child, and we didn't have much money. My husband made a deal for a box of 150 of the paperbacks. When I needed to relax and unwind, I would pick one up and let my mind go to another place. She was wonderfully adept at creating an atmosphere and a historical notion of time and place. The pseudo-literati should be ashamed of attacking what they can't possibly understand.
There is nothing like a dame and in this case she did it with class, wit and style. Who cares what the books were like we bought them - she wrote them.
Another legend gone before her time!
She was the fairy godmother of every romance reader and writer in the world. Her accomplishments were legion. Her works will live on. Rest in peace.
Harry Nicol, Scotland
She was colourful and didn't give a damn! She also got up the nose of the chattering classes and literati. Wonderful!
I neither liked nor admired Dame Barbara Cartland, but the snide, venomous comments submitted and published here on her death, are in more poor taste than she ever was. Why bother being so nasty? She wasn't Hitler!
Bless Barbara Cartland for the joy she bought to so many people through her novels. She was an amazing woman - pity there aren't more like her.
Damn Barbara Cartland will be sorely missed in charity shops the length and breadth of Britain. The millions of books she has sold worldwide will stand as a lasting monument to the banality of people everywhere. Only Jeffery Archer has inflicted greater injury on the body of English literature.
Ann Livesey, United Kingdom
I find it odd that even though she sold a billion copies in 38 languages, I cannot find a single person who'll admit to having read any of her work. It's stigma factor is only surpassed by Mills and Boon.
I eagerly awaited her novels when they came out. She was a terrific novelist, and the novels I still have of hers, I will cherish. She will be duly missed. May she
rest in peace.
A self-created international pop icon. An inspiration. A legend. Thanks to Dame Barbara, some of us will forever think pink.
She had zero literary talent and execrable dress sense. Oh, and she was an insufferable snob and a bore to boot.
The fact that her 'work' was so popular certainly brings home the truth of the dictum, 'There's one born every minute'.
Pat van der Veer, a Brit in Nova Scotia
I read and loved her novels. She was wonderful in giving the moral lessons of chastity and respect. Goodbye Lady Pink - you will always be in our hearts.
I think she was a wonderful woman standing out from the crowd. She was happy both in her private life and in her career - she's an example for everybody.
Whenever I hear someone mention Dame Barbara Cartland I always have, and always will, just think of one word - PINK!
A piece of history who will never be forgotten
I read so many of her in translations while I was young as a teen.
She showed me many worlds of dreaming love stories and beautiful foreign countries.
Compared to what we have now in market,
her love is certainly not messy.
How we wish.
I found her rather trite.
She hinted at gay romance, but never explored it.
Way too much PINK, but that was her style I suppose.
She was an abysmal writer but a brilliant self-publicist.
I remember reading her books when I was quite young, 11 or 12 years old or so. They were all very sweet, gave moral lessons of chastity and respect for oneself without hitting you over the head with it. She in a small way helped to form my moral compass.
Dame Barbara was a great entertainment personality who undoubtedly made a great contribution in terms of relaxation and entertainment value but I'm glad her societal ideas and values aren't the prevailing ones.
Dame Barbara brought joy to millions with her beautiful and thought provoking books. She came to personify a whole genre - what other artiste can claim that honour?
She was my mother's favorite writer. I used to remember seen my mother reading one of her novel translated
in Spanish. I always remembered Barbara because my mother told me that she was a great lady. Farewell Lady Pink.
She was a terrible snob who looked down on ordinary people, and believed that the aristocracy were superior.
If there is truth in the rumour that Barbara Cartland has bequeathed the nation several unpublished manuscripts, one can only hope that they are buried with her.
I especially liked her description of the costumes worn by the characters in her books.
06 Jul 99 | UK
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