Ada Leverson


Biography of Ada Leverson

Ada Leverson (née Beddington; 10 October 1862 – 30 August 1933) was a British writer who is now known primarily for her work as a novelist.

She began writing during the 1890s, as a contributor to Black and White, Punch, and The Yellow Book. She was a loyal friend to Oscar Wilde, who called her Sphinx. She was a wit, and a friend of Max Beerbohm; her writing has been compared to Beerbohm's, and the stories of Saki.

She was also a friend of George Moore; Osbert Sitwell in Great Morning has an anecdote in which she tries, unsuccessfully, to get Moore to see the young William Walton. Of the Sitwells' circle – Sacheverell Sitwell dedicated a poetry collection to her, while she was hopelessly in love with Osbert – she lived out her old age in the Hotel Porta Rossa in Florence.

She married Ernest Leverson, when she was 19, and without her parents' consent. The marriage broke up when he moved to Canada in 1905. Her daughter and biographer Violet married Guy Percy Wyndham (1865–1941) in 1923, his second marriage.

Sydney Schiff was her brother-in-law. The short story-writer and novelist Francis Wyndham is her grandson.

Ada Leverson's Works:

The Twelfth Hour (1907)
Love's Shadow (1908)
The Limit (1911)
Tenterhooks (1912)
Bird of Paradise (1914)
Love at Second Sight (1916)
Letters To The Sphinx From Oscar Wilde and Reminiscences of the Author (1930)
Little Ottleys (Virago 1982) omnibus: Love's Shadow", "Tenterhooks", "Love at Second Sight"

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