Memorial for Paula Schwartz (Elizabeth Mansfield)

Please share your memories of Paula and her work with friends and family.

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June 30th 2007
11:14:50 AM
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Gareth Ellzey

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voxwoman (via my daughter archangelbeth's blog)

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Austin, Tx

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In the Regency Romance genre, 'Elizabeth Mansfield' was a stellar figure, right up there with the inventor of the type, Georgette Heyer!

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June 13th 2006
09:19:11 PM
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Carol

How did you find this website?  

search engine

Where are you from?  

California

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I read my first Elizabeth Mansfield book in 1979 and was hooked. After the "Phantom Lover" I combed the bookstores for more and waited impatiently for her next book to be published. That book began my collection.
A few years ago I was blessed to be able to communicate with Ms. Schwartz through this website regarding the Audio Book of "Her Man of
Affairs". Soon after I listened to the book and gave her my thoughts on it, Life Happened and I found myself moving several times and my beloved books went into storage (I have just recently been able to put them on my shelves
again) About 2 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Although my Mother is an amazing woman with and incredible spiritual strength, has been a long and frustating illness that might lead to heartbreak.
Last month during yet another of my Mother's surgeries, I took an old standby, "The Counterfit Marriage" off the shelf and read it. Then came "Passing Fancies" ( I MUST know what happens to Pippa!) Now I'm reading "The Phantom Lover for perhaps the tenth time. I have found that Dear Elizabeth Mansfield is theraputic in a way I would have never expected. As I read her books again, I am reminded that we are all in this life together, that people really don't change from one era to the next and that there is always a reason to smile. Ms. Mansfield will be part of my life for the rest of my life.

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February 3rd 2006
02:43:27 PM
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Rachel Eugster

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google

Where are you from?  

Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), formerly Baltimore

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I am devastated to learn of Paula's death. I met her in 1986 when I played Anne Elliot in her musical version of "Persuasion" that an earlier contributor referred to. Working with Paula and Neil first on the concert version of what was briefly called "An Accident at Lyme" that we performed for the New York chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America was a fantastic experience. Following the concert premiere, the staged version was produced by Theatre Hopkins and the Baltimore chapter of JASNA outdoors on the grounds of the Evergreen estate in Baltimore. Paula's warm, loving, enormously generous spirit shines through these postings, and I am saddened indeed to learn now that her light has gone out. Following my departure from Baltimore, we exchanged occasional cards, but didn't keep closely in touch. I wish I had made a point of doing so.
Wendy, I don't know if you have a copy of the video that was made of the Hopkins show (using what was cutting-edge technology in 1986!), but I have just hauled it out for the first time in years with the idea of playing it for a depressed friend who is a fervid Janeite. (That's partly what prompted me to Google your mother, in hopes of reconnecting.) I am so sorry that she is gone, but I can't think of a better way to perk up my friend's spirits than through your mother's work.
Deepest sympathies,
Rachel

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November 2nd 2005
02:36:32 PM
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Ariel (grandaughter)

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My mother

Where are you from?  

New Jersey

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Messege to the above,
grandma I miss you so much I will always love you and your spirit and soul will always always be with me.

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October 14th 2005
01:48:27 PM
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Viv Phillips

How did you find this website?  

google

Where are you from?  

south africa

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I was sad to hear of her passing when I searched web about more titles she wrote. EM had a unique style of romantic writing that can never be emulated. I have read many a regency since 12 yrs old and her MAN OF AFFAIRS is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE and to this day I take it along on holiday and business trips! There something about Theo & David that always truly satisfy my `shipper soul It was wonderful to read about what a warm person PS was and it is reflected in her fascinating storytelling...a hallmark of a true writer. Thank you PS for giving us a lifetime of "feelgoodness"

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August 1st 2005
02:35:29 AM
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Jennifer Freeman

How did you find this website?  

Happened by chance

Where are you from?  

Atlanta, Ga

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I am glad, I did happen by this site by chance. I would like to express my deepest condolences to you.

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April 21st 2005
12:37:04 PM
What is your name?  

Elizabeth Mansfield

How did you find this website?  

google

Where are you from?  

somewhere

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Yae! We have the same name!!! Woohoo!

   
March 19th 2005
12:50:59 PM
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Patricia Ragan Hoehner

How did you find this website?  

google

Where are you from?  

Wendy's childhood

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Sorry, Zarabeth. Think of you often, love you long time.
Ariadne
(PS: mom died 87, dad 11/00 so I can understand)

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January 31st 2005
12:34:15 PM
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Laura

How did you find this website?  

Yahoo serch for Elizabeth Mansfield

Where are you from?  

Ontario, Canada

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I loved Regency Match! I can't find to many of Elizabeth Mansfield's books around here. Does anyone know where I can buy some??

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December 30th 2004
05:59:00 PM
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Ken Berkowitz

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Google

Where are you from?  

New York City

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My experience with Paula goes all the way back to 1954.

I knew her as Miss Reibel when she was a pretty young teacher at Herman Ridder Junior High School in the Bronx,N.Y. I was a 13 year old one step out of elementary school.

For some unexplained reason all the boys in the class immediately fell in love with her. There was something so warm and loving about her that to this day I have never forgotten,

She took a lot of her personal time to help straighten out a mixed up teen-ager.

About 3 years ago I stumbled upon this web site and contacted her and reminded her of me after 5o years. We coresponded via e-mail and snail mail until her passing.

I really will miss her. It seems that something has been taken from me.

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