I haven’t had a chance to read all of Irene Iddesleigh, or Delina Delaney – but believe me, I soon plan to rectify that. O’Connell provides some. Irene Iddesleigh is Mrs. Ros’s first novel. A simple tale of misalliance, it tells of how Irene married Sir John Dunfern despite her true love for the feckless Oscar. In this vein, her lone novel Irene Iddesleigh is also considered one of the worst books ever written, and now you can download it for free over at.

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She wrote under the pen-name Amanda McKittrick Ros, possibly in an attempt to suggest a connection to the noble de Ros family orene County Down.

Amanda McKittrick Ros

First I thought, “Aw, that’s mean,” but then I decided to check it out. To leave a comment Login with Facebook or create a free account.

This book is insane. That night, he comes home drunk and either rapes Irene or just says a lot of horrible things to her. Here’s the first lovers’ glance between Delina Delaney and Lord Gifford: And, it wasn’t just any room, but a room that had been the room where ancestral relatives had not only been confined, but killed themselves. Books by Amanda McKittrick Ros. Yet such is life. The plot and characters are passable enough, but the author, Amanda McKittrick Ros, is incapable of good description.

Her story gives us some perspective on what we tend to think of as a uniquely contemporary phenomenon: Supposedly, Tolkien and a few other well-known writers made a game of it to see who could read the most without laughing. Mayhaps but I think there are some modern authors who I would say are just as bad, if not worse.

Sentences often run on and on; even if grammatically correct, you can’t wait for them to end. Cast your sympathy on the chill waves of troubled waters; fling it on the oases of futurity; dash it against the rock of gossip; or, better still, allow it to remain within the false and faithless bosom of buried scorn,” Ros writes.


If you can make sense of any pat of it, you are a better person than I. The Euphuists were not barbarians making their first discovery of literature; Return to Book Page.

So awful, it’s awesome! Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. After all, just as iddesleibh movies are so bad, they’re good, the same may occur for books. Skip to Main Content Area.

Who Was the Worst Novelist In History? Maybe Amanda McKittrick Ros

When her husband found out she married him but didn’t love him, and had kept in contact with her old tutor even while married, a couple of months after the birth of their iedesleigh he had her locked in a room in the mansion.

Lines from her books were commonly quoted in the hallways of the House of Commons. It’s short and an easy enough read, if you don’t mind how positively bad it is in almost every aspect. Nov 04, Lacy rated it did not like it. She idvesleigh poetry and a number of novels. This book is so bad it’s actually not iiddesleigh bad at all. Jan 11, Amy added it. His book To Be a Machine is now available from Doubleday.

Irene Iddesleigh: Amanda McKittrick Ros: : Books

Johnston acquired a collection of papers from Ros including iddesleibh unfinished typescript of Helen Huddleson. If you can make sense of any Ships from and sold by Amazon. The standard reactions to her artistic defectiveness were masochistic joy and a perverse desire to share the spectacularly failed artwork with others. This stuff is, in lowish doses, quite entertaining, but if you read enough of it, its absurdity seems to spread outward to the whole of literature, like a particularly contagious airborne virus.


That quote ccame from the aforementioned Cracked article, which seemed to be attributed to McKittrick Ros’s first novel. Oct 03, Emm – Stories for Ghouls rated it did not like it Shelves: Don’t have a Kindle?

Why did I even choose to read this book?!! Courage alone by itself would not be enough. Apr 22, Holly Carville rated it liked it. Wen Wu rated it did not like it Mar 31, Nancy rated it did not like it Nov 18, The Oxford literary group the Inklingswhich included C. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Share didesleigh thoughts with other customers.

Not so much for the dreadful overwritten prose, which becomes quite amusing once you got the hang of it, but for the terrible morality of the story. O’Connell tells us that “most of the characters in her last novel, Helen Huddleson, were named after fruits and vegetables from aristocrats like Lord Raspberry and Sir Christopher Currant right down the social scale to Madam Pear and Lily Lentil the servant girl “.

Northrop Frye said of Ros’ novels that they use “rhetorical material without being able to absorb or assimilate it: The wife’s faithful maid helped her escape into the arms of the tutor. Thanks for telling us about the problem. For those who can’t make it past the first paragraph, it’s the story of an orphan who was adopted at 11, and despite loving her tutor, married the wealthy bachelor neighbor.

Sep 03, Mike Wigal rated it it was ok. View all 6 comments.