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Elizabeth Gammell "Elsie" Woolsey

Also Known As: "Brenan", "Hunter", "Gamel Woolsey", "Elsa", "Elsie"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Breeze Hill Plantation, Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina, United States
Death: January 18, 1968 (72)
Málaga, Andalusia, Spain (Breast cancer)
Place of Burial: Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Walton Woolsey and Bessie H. Woolsey
Wife of Maurice Reginald Hunter and Edward Fitzgerald "Gerald" Brenan, MC, CBE
Sister of Marie de H. Woolsey
Half sister of Convers Buckingham Woolsey; Clara Constance Woolsey; John Munro Woolsey; Catharine Buckingham Woolsey and William Walton Woolsey, Jr

Occupation: American poet and novelist.
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Gamel Woolsey

Gamel Woolsey (May 28, 1895 – January 18, 1968) was an American poet and novelist.

  • Born on the Breeze Hill plantation in Aiken, South Carolina, as Elizabeth (Elsa) Gammell Woolsey, but later took her middle name, which she shortened to "Gamel" (a Norse word meaning "old").
  • Daughter of planter William Walton Woolsey (1842–1909), who William had first married Catherine Buckingham Convers, daughter of Charles Cleveland Convers, who died in 1888. Gamel's aunt, Sarah Chauncey Woolsey – better known by her pen name, Susan Coolidge – wrote the popular Katy series and other children's fiction.
  • Gamel's mother was Bessie Gammell, her father's second wife. Bessie was the daughter of William A. Gammell and traced her maternal ancestry to William Washington. Reference https://books.google.com/books?id=uCk4AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA49
    After her father died, the family moved to Charleston, where Gamel went to day school.

Bertrand Russell and Gamel Woolsey by Kenneth Hopkins


1939 Register

Bell Court,Church Lane,Aldbourne , Marlborough and Ramsbury R.D., Wiltshire, England

  • Edward F Brenan 07 Apr 1894 Male Author Married 140 1
  • Elizabeth G Brenan 28 May 1901 Female Authoress & Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 140 2
  • Maria L Richards (Recelioni) 01 Mar 1918 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 140 4

Marriages Sep 1947

  • Brenan Edward F Brenen Hampstead 5c 2440
  • Brenan Edward F Hunter Hampstead 5c 2440
  • Brenan Elisabeth Brenan Hampstead 5c 2440
  • Hunter Elisabeth G Brenan Hampstead 5c 2440

First Husband - Rex Hunter
WIKI Rex Hunter

After arriving in New York in the early 1920s, he met and married (on 2 April 1923) the poet and writer Gamel Woolsey ... In 1927, he and Woolsey visited England.

Woolsey then separated from him after four years of marriage (her posthumous 1987 novel One Way of Love is said to be a semi-autobiographical account of their marriage), although they never divorced.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamel_Woolsey

Gamel Woolsey (May 28 1895 – January 18, 1968) was an American poet and novelist.

Life

Woolsey was born on the Breeze Hill plantation in Aiken, South Carolina, as Elizabeth (Elsa) Gammell Woolsey, but in later years took her middle name which she shortened to "Gamel" (a Norse word meaning "old"). Her father was plantation owner William Walter Woolsey (July 18, 1842 - 1909) . The Woolsey branch of the New England Dwight family, had influence in the law, the church and education. Her father had first married Catherine Buckingham Convers, daughter of Charles Cleveland Convers, but she died in 1888. Her aunt, Sarah Chauncey Woolsey – better known by her pen name, Susan Coolidge – wrote the popular Katy series and other children's fiction. Her uncles and cousins included three presidents of Yale University.

Her mother was her father's second wife, Bessie Gammell, daughter of William A. Gammell. Her mother traced her maternal ancestry to William Washington. After her father's death in 1910 they moved to Charleston, where she went to day school. Despite weak health following an attack of tuberculosis in 1915, she left home for New York in about 1921, hoping to be an actress or a writer. Her first known published poem appeared in the New York Evening Post in 1922. The following year she met and married Rex Hunter, a writer and journalist from New Zealand, but they separated after four years. In 1927, while living in Patchin Place, Greenwich Village, she met the writer John Cowper Powys and, through him, his brother Llewelyn and Llewelyn's wife Alyse Gregory. She and Alyse became friends for life, while with Llewelyn she had a passionate and painful love affair.

She left New York for England in 1929, settling in Dorset to be near Llewelyn, where she came to know the whole Powys family and their circle. Parting from Llewelyn in 1930, she married the historian and writer Gerald Brenan in a private ceremony, and they lived together, mainly in Spain, until her death. In 1933 she began an enduring friendship with Bertrand Russell, who wanted to marry her.

Woolsey, primarily a poet, published very little in her lifetime: Middle Earth, a collection of 36 poems, came out in 1931, Death's Other Kingdom, in 1939 and Spanish Fairy Stories in 1944. Her Collected Poems have been published since her death. Patterns on the Sand (unpublished) recalls her South Carolina childhood; One Way of Love, accepted by Gollancz in 1930 but suppressed at the last minute because of its sexual explicitness, was published by Virago Press in 1987. Gamel Woolsey died in Spain in 1968 of cancer, and is buried at the English Cemetery, Malaga.


From "GAMEL WOOLSEY: Eyewitness to the Spanish Civil War" By Zalin Grant

But I was indeed surprised by the reaction of other women to Gamel. When a woman is so lovely and accomplished and stylish, one sometimes hears a certain meowing in the background. But not with Gamel. She was loved by her women friends and acquaintances. I was talking to two women about Gamel, trying to get a less idealized version of her personality than I was hearing.

"Well," said one woman, "I think she could be a bit too dreamy."

"No!" said the other woman, quickly stepping in. "She was a poet. That's why she was dreamy."


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Author. She was born in the plantation Breeze Hill, Aiken, South Carolina. After a time in New York, she met the writer Gerald Brenan and they married and moved to Spain. She is remembered for her books "Malaga's Burning," "One Way of Love," "Middle Earth," "Death's Other Kingdom," "Spanish Fairy Stories" and "Patterns of the Sand." She was one of the first chronicler of the Spanish Civil War. She was buried with her husband. Her epitaph reads: "No Temas Más al Calor del Sol." (No longer you are scared of the heat of the sun). (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46500104" target="_blank José L Bernabé Tronchoni)]

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Gamel Woolsey's Timeline

1895
May 28, 1895
Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina, United States
1968
January 18, 1968
Age 72
Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
January 18, 1968
Age 72
Málaga, Andalusia, Spain