Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy <I>Asquith</I> Bibesco

Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy Asquith Bibesco

Birth
City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 7 Apr 1945 (aged 48)
Bucuresti Municipality, Romania
Burial Mogosoaia, Ilfov, Romania
Plot Bibesco family tomb
Memorial ID 35230820 · View Source
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Romanian Royalty, Author. She is remembered as a British socialite, who married into the Romanian Royal family and became an author known world-wide. She was the first child of Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, who had been the British Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916, and his second wife, Margot Tennant. She was part of the wealthy English society from birth. Her first known literary effort was a short duologue, “Off and On,” which was performed in 1916 at London's West End Palace Theatre. This followed in 1918 with small roles in two silent war movies, “Hearts of the World” and “The Great Love.” Her marriage to the Romanian Prince Antoine was held at St. Margaret's Westminster on April 29, 1919. Her groom was a diplomat serving as the First Secretary of the Romanian Legation in London and was 22 years her senior. The wedding ceremony was considered the society event of the year, attended by everyone from British Queen Alexandra to poet George Bernard Shaw. The following year, their only child, a daughter named Priscilla, was born. After relocating to Paris, France, the newlyweds lived in an apartment in a 18th-century house near Notre Dame, which belonged to the groom's family . It was there that she met many talented authors inspiring her to write. In November of 1924 she wrote the obituary for the reclusive author and godfather of her daughter, Marcel Proust. She traveled with her husband in his capacity as Romanian ambassador, first serving in Washington, D.C from 1920 to 1926 followed by Madrid, Spain from 1927 to 1931. Between 1921 and 1940, she published three collections of short stories, four novels, two plays, and a book of poetry. Although not all book reviews were kind to her, the 1923 review of her book “Balloons,” which was published in the American magazine the “National,” called her a genius. From November through December of 1924 , her novel, “The Fir and the Palm,” was serialized in the United States newspaper, the “Washington Post.” Her last novel,”The Romantic” was published in 1940 and dedicated to the executed Spanish Fascist, Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera . A final posthumous collection of her stories, poems, and aphorisms was published in 1951 as “Haven,” with an impressive preface by noted author Elizabeth Bowen . Although her mother attempted to provide her with sanctuary in England when Romania sided with Nazi Forces during World War II, all efforts failed. With her health declining from chronic alcoholism, she died of pneumonia a month before the end of the war. She was buried in the family's vault at the Palace, and after the war's end in 1948, the Palace along with 5,000 acres of farmland with a winery was confiscated by the Communists. Heartbroken with grief, her mother died within months. Forced to leave Romania after the war, her husband returned to the apartment in Paris. Her husband was buried in Paris as his remains could not be repatriated to his homeland during the Communist occupation of Romania. She was the subject of several pieces of art including two portraits by Augustus John , in 1919 and again five years later: Wearing a black gown and a feather stole over her bare shoulders, the first portrait, which was titled "Elizabeth Asquith,” presented her as a vivacious debutante full of self-confidence. Wearing a peach-colored gown, with a laced mantilla draped over her dark hair and holding one of her own books, the princess appears much quieter and lacking self-confidence in the second portrait . Like her and her mother before, her daughter Priscilla became an author, thus making the third generation of authors in the family.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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“My soul has gained the freedom of the night”.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy Asquith Bibesco (26 Feb 1897–7 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35230820, citing Mogoşoaia Palace, Mogosoaia, Ilfov, Romania ; Maintained by Find A Grave .