|I'm not really suggesting actual plagiarism - rather a kind of unconcious absorption. The Little White Horse won a Carnegie prize so would probably have had quite a lot of publicitiy in that year.
|I re-read The Lost Staircase yesterday and it suddenly struck me how much of it appears to have been 'borrowed' from Elizabeth Goudge's Little White Horse.
I can't help thinking it is more than just coincidence...
|The synopsis of both books (I haven't read The Lost Staircase) reminded me of Gwendoline Courtney's A Coronet For Cathie, so I guess it's a common trope. Courtney's book does have it's differences, of course: it's one I'm very fond of.|
|. . . many EJO devotees reckon Coronet for Cathy was as good as 'lifted' from EJO's Girls of the Hamlet Club [somewhere in the Abbey Chronicle archives is a comparison of the two plots]|
I don't think it was a matter of lifting a story from the Abbey Girls in particular, but that the snobs and their societies were stock figures.
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