Rosamunde Pilcher [ ˈɹəʊzəmʊnd ˈpʰɪɫtʃʰə ] ( ) OBE (born Scott; born September 22, 1924 in Lelant , Cornwall , England ; † February 6, 2019 in Longforgan , Perth and Kinross , Scotland ) was a British writer . Her works appeared until 1965 under the pseudonym Jane Fraser .
The daughter of a naval officer grew up with her mother in England while her father served in Burma . She has been writing since she was 15. After graduating from school, she joined the Women's Royal Naval Service volunteer service during World War II . She also worked as a secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs . In 1943 she was called to India , where she stayed until the end of the war.
In 1946 the author married the textile entrepreneur Graham Pilcher (1916-2009) and moved with him to Longforgan near Dundee in Scotland , where she has lived since then. In addition to her work as a housewife and mother of four children (including Robin Pilcher ), she began writing short stories and love stories for women's magazines under the pseudonym Jane Fraser at the end of the 1940s - according to her own account, sitting at the kitchen table because there was no space in the house for a desk of their own. The children never saw her write.
It wasn't until 1987 that her breakthrough came as a commercially successful novelist with the family saga The Shell Seekers ( sold over 1.7 million times in Germany as Die Muschelsucher from 1990 ). Her books, which have sold more than 60 million worldwide to date, have made her one of the most successful contemporary authors.
In 2002, Pilcher was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire .
On June 7, 2012, at the age of 87, Pilcher announced that she would stop writing for reasons of age.
On February 6, 2019, Rosamunde Pilcher died at the age of 94 from complications from a stroke following bronchitis.
Pilcher sold around 65 million books and made around £ 100 million in his lifetime . This makes her one of the most commercially successful authors today. She is regarded as the “master of love schnulze ”: Her romance novels assigned to trivial literature - often referred to as “ kitsch ” in the critics - mostly revolve around love relationships, love afflictions and friendships (“ ideal world ”; “ happy end ”) in the British Upper class , whose male protagonists were often doctors, rose growers, or both. In an obituary, the Berliner Zeitung summed up: “Incest, inheritance disputes and love stories that flare up again form the framework for simply constructed novels, which, under the careful guidance of Rosamunde Pilcher, were always carried by sensitive dialogues with which an audience plagued by completely different everyday worries could easily identify . “The emotions of the characters and the landscapes of England, especially their homeland Cornwall , as well as Scotland are extensively described, in addition to which there are mostly highly romanticized descriptions of facilities, houses or places. She herself said: “Yes, there is a certain escapism in my books , an escape from reality. But it's not like our lives or our jobs are always pleasant. Women in particular often lead a shadowy existence, with child-rearing and all that. Sometimes it's nice to be taken by the hand and led into another world or another life. Other people's lives are always fascinating. "
Her works and adaptations (see film adaptations ) were particularly successful in German-speaking countries and led to a tourist boom in Cornwall and Devon in the south-west of England. The head of the Tourist Office Visit Cornwell Malcom Bell reported: “The fact that Cornwall provides the backdrop for the films is the best marketing we can get”, half of all foreign guests in the structurally weak area are German-speaking, which is called “Rosamunde-Pilcher Effect "is called. Around 350,000 tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland would arrive annually. Arno Frank sums it up in Spiegel Online : “The German public's demand for idyllic societies in idyllic landscapes, this combination of mild exoticism and mild heartbeat has in itself become a genre of its own.” Even if she provided templates, “Pilcher is for her blending not to be held responsible in this country ”. You have discovered "a deeper meaning in the shallow". Pilcher is quoted as saying: "As someone who has lived through the war, I am content to have played my small role in leaving that behind".
Public broadcasters such as ZDF were also given buzzwords in media criticism such as pilcherisation or pilferisation due to the alleged flattening and kitification of their programs in prime time . Since then, these pejorative terms have been used as a reference for productions in which “aestheticized landscapes” stand as “decor” for “escapist love stories”. Torsten Körner said on the occasion of the 2009 Bert Donnepp Prize : “Instead of people, we see far too often good landscapes, pilcherized valleys and degenerated forests”.
- 1994 Berlin Bear (BZ Culture Prize)
- 1996 DIVA Award
- 1997 Bambi
The ZDF has more than one hundred filmed her novels and short stories; for the most part with deviations from the literary original. These films are among the most popular ZDF programs with an average of seven million viewers. Some of these were also broadcast in Austria ( ORF ) and Switzerland ( SRF ).
For their services to tourism in Great Britain, Rosamunde Pilcher and ZDF chief editor Claus Beling received the British Tourism Award in 2002. The two winners were honored for the enormous success of the film series and for the impressive portrayal of British landscapes in the more than 40 ZDF Pilcher films by then.
Some of the script versions come from the author Christiane Sadlo, now known as Inga Lindström . Most of the Pilcher films (71 films from 1993 to 2010) were and are made by the Cologne and Munich- based film production company FFP New Media GmbH.
On the occasion of the one hundredth episode, the Süddeutsche Zeitung published a critical assessment of the success of the television series:
“Of course it's reactionary, the family idyll is kitschy and from yesteryear, the role concepts are outdated and the people in the films are always noble, helpful and good. Sure, we know: this is not reality. Nevertheless. An average of seven million viewers watch. You want one thing above all on Sunday evening: switch off from everyday life, a little heart, pain and heart again. Attractive people in their enchanting dwellings and a happy ending. "
|No.||title||Year of production||First broadcast|
|1||The shell seekers||1989||
Jan. 14, 1991 |
Apr. 23, 1997
(EA on ZDF)
|2||Stormy encounter||1993||Oct. 30, 1993|
|3||Wild thyme||1994||Oct 23, 1994|
|4th||Carousel of life||1994||Nov 13, 1994|
|5||Interplay of love||1994||Jan 15, 1995|
|6th||The end of a summer||1994||Feb 5, 1995|
|7th||Summer by the sea||1995||Oct 15, 1995|
|8th||Sleeping tiger||1995||Nov 5, 1995|
|9||Clouds on the horizon||1995||Dec 10, 1995|
|10||Snow storm in spring||1995||Feb. 4, 1996|
|11||Lights games||1996||March 3, 1996|
Apr 7, 1996
Apr 8, 1996
|13||The house on the coast||1996||Nov 3, 1996|
|14th||A special love||1996||Dec 25, 1996|
|15th||Wind of hope||1996||Feb 16, 1997|
|16||Wrong ways of the heart||1996||March 9, 1997|
|17th||Hours of decision||1996||March 30, 1997|
|18th||The second chance||1997||Jul 31, 1997|
|19th||Two sisters||1997||Nov 16, 1997|
|20th||The price of love||1997||Feb 15, 1998|
Jun 1, 1998
Jun 7, 1998
|22nd||Return to paradise||1998||Sep 20 1998|
|23||Melody of hearts||1998||Dec 6, 1998|
|24||Magic of love||1998||Jan. 17, 1999|
|25th||Roses in the storm||1998||Feb 14, 1999|
|26th||Thorns in the valley of flowers||1998||March 10, 1999|
The Great Legacy (1)
The Great Legacy (2)
May 23, 1999
May 24, 1999
|28||Cliffs of love||1999||19 Sep 1999|
|29||Seagulls in the wind||1999||Nov 28, 1999|
|30th||Prime of life||1999||Dec 12, 1999|
|31||The long way to happiness||1999||Jan 16, 2000|
|32||Time of knowledge||2000||Apr 23, 2000|
|33||Torn hearts||2000||Oct 15, 2000|
|34||Call of the past||2000||Nov 12, 2000|
|35||In the light of fire||2000||Dec 17, 2000|
|36||The Rose of Kerrymore||2000||Jan. 7, 2001|
|37||Coast of dreams||2001||Feb. 4, 2001|
|38||Children of happiness||2001||Nov 11, 2001|
|39||Wind over the river||2001||Nov 11, 2001|
|40||Flowers in the rain||2001||Dec 16, 2001|
|41||When only love matters||2001||Feb 10, 2002|
|42||Tomorrow we dream together||2002||Apr 1, 2002|
|43||With the eyes of love||2001||Sep 15 2002|
|44||Til the end of the world||2002||Dec 8, 2002|
|45||Shooting stars in August||2002||Jan. 5, 2003|
|46||Paradise of dreams||2002||Feb 2, 2003|
|47||Flame of love||2003||March 9, 2003|
|48||Certainty of heart||2002||Nov 9, 2003|
|49||Winter sun||2003||Dec 25, 2003|
|50||Feathers in the wind||2003||Jan. 4, 2004|
|51||Ways of love||2003||Jan. 18, 2004|
|52||As long as you exist||2003||March 29, 2004|
|53||Love in the game||2003||Apr 25, 2004|
|54||Dream of a summer||2004||19 Sep 2004|
|55||Depth of feelings||2004||Dec 5, 2004|
|56||So close to heaven||2003||Dec 25, 2004|
|57||Legacy of love||2004||Jan. 2, 2005|
|58||Queen of the Night||2004||Feb 6, 2005|
|59||Sails of love||2005||March 28, 2005|
|60||Above the clouds||2005||Oct 2, 2005|
|61||Magic of love||2005||Dec 25, 2005|
|62||The sky over Cornwall||2005||Dec 28, 2005|
|63||Land of longing||2005||Jan. 22, 2006|
|64||Summer awakening||2005||Feb 5, 2006|
|65||Where love began||2006||17 Sep 2006|
|66||The love of your life||2006||Oct 8, 2006|
|67||And suddenly it was love||2006||Dec 3, 2006|
|68||The Shell Seekers (remake)||2006||Dec 25, 2006|
|69||Goodbye by the river||2006||Feb. 4, 2007|
|70||Summer of love||2006||Apr 9, 2007|
|71||Wings of hope||2007||Apr 15, 2007|
|72||The man of my dreams||2007||23 Sep 2007|
|73||Victory of love||2007||Oct 7, 2007|
|74||Fog over Kilrush Castle||2007||Nov 11, 2007|
|75||Out of love and passion||2007||Dec 2, 2007|
|76||Wind over the sea||2007||23 Dec 2007|
|77||Arrows of love||2007||March 9, 2008|
|78||Melody of love||2008||Sep 14 2008|
|79||Hearts in the wind||2008||Dec 21, 2008|
Four parts : The four seasons
1. A summer in Endellion
2. Autumn storms
3. Turn of winter
4. The gift of spring
Dec 25, 2008 Dec 25, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
|81||Tide of love||2008||Jan. 4, 2009|
|82||Heart's longing||2008||Jan. 18, 2009|
|83||A love in autumn||2008||March 8, 2009|
|84||Decision of the heart||2008||Apr 13, 2009|
|85||Love against the rest of the world||2009||Sep 20 2009|
|86||See you at Rose Abbey||2009||Oct 25, 2009|
|87||let it be love||2009||Nov 29, 2009|
|88||When in doubt for love||2009||Jan. 17, 2010|
|89||Wherever you go||2009||March 14, 2010|
|90||Love on the horizon||2009||May 9, 2010|
|91||When the heart breaks||2010||Oct 10, 2010|
|92||Wings of love||2010||Nov 28, 2010|
|93||Lords don't lie||2010||Dec 19, 2010|
|94||Questions of the heart||2010||Jan. 2, 2011|
|95||Sunday children||2010||Jan. 23, 2011|
Four-part series : Four women (aka “This September”)
1. Virginia's secret
2. Laura's love
3. Olivia's fate
4. Alexa's happiness
24, 2011 Apr 24, 2011
25, 2011 Dec 25, 2011
|97||Engaged, in love, confused||2011||Sep 11 2011|
|98||The stolen summer||2011||Oct 2, 2011|
|99||English wine||2011||Nov 20, 2011|
|100||Dangerous surf||2011||Dec 18, 2011|
|101||Unbridled happiness||2011||Jan 15, 2012|
|102||The secret of the white dove||2011||Apr 8, 2012|
|103||The wrong nun||2012||23 Sep 2012|
|104||In the middle of a life||2012||Oct 14, 2012|
The other woman (1)
The other woman (2)
Dec 23, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
|106||A question of honour||2012||Jan. 13, 2013|
|107||The woman on the cliff||2013||March 31, 2013|
|108||Snakes in paradise||2013||Apr 28, 2013|
|109||The promised bride||2013||8 Sep 2013|
|110||Old hearts don't rust||2013||Nov 17, 2013|
|111||Flown too high||2013||Dec 22, 2013|
|112||Busy hearts||2013||Jan. 12, 2014|
|113||Evita's revenge||2013||March 16, 2014|
|114||My unknown heart||2014||April 19, 2014|
|115||You don't kiss lawyers||2014||Sept. 21, 2014|
|116||Trust is good, falling in love is better||2014||Nov 16, 2014|
|117||Ghostwriter||2014||Jan. 11, 2015|
|118||Election promises and other lies||2014||Feb 22, 2015|
|119||One kiss||2014||Apr 6, 2015|
|120||Completely happy||2015||17th May 2015|
|121||Totally unexpected||2015||Oct 4, 2015|
|122||Love, thieves, diamonds||2015||Nov 22, 2015|
|123||Argentine tango||2016||Jan. 10, 2016|
|124||License to fling||2016||Feb 7, 2016|
|125||Guardian Angel||2016||March 27, 2016|
|126||A doctor & three women||2016||Apr 24, 2016|
|127||Ex & love||2016||Oct 2, 2016|
|128||Strawberries in spring||2016||Nov 13, 2016|
|129||House exchange with obstacles||2016||Dec 18, 2016|
|130||Like from another planet||2017||Jan. 8, 2017|
|131||Almost married||2017||Feb. 26, 2017|
|132||No more class reunions||2017||20 Aug 2017|
|133||The Cassley Ghost||2017||Oct 22, 2017|
|134||When fish smile||2017||19 Nov 2017|
|135||Inherited happiness||2017||Jan. 7, 2018|
|136||Our father's legacy||2017||Feb. 4, 2018|
|137||Desperate for a nanny||2018||May 16, 2018|
|138||Where your heart lives||2018||Oct 7, 2018|
|139||The secret of the flower island||2018||Dec 9, 2018|
|140||Stormy in the morning, love in the evening||2018||Jan. 5, 2019|
|141||My brother's bride||2019||Feb 10, 2019|
|142||Daughters in law||2019||May 22, 2019|
|143||Chocolates for breakfast||2019||Sep 1 2019|
|144||Get out in the storm||2019||Sep 9 2019|
|145||My cousin, love and me||2019||Oct 30, 2019|
|146||The magic bus||2019||Nov 27, 2019|
|147||Of tea and love||2020||Jan. 12, 2020|
|148||Wrong life, true love||2020||Feb 29, 2020|
Works (in German translation)
- The shell seekers . Roman (paperback). rororo - Rowohlt, Reinbek 1990. (Hardcover: No. 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list from February 10 to March 28, 1992 )
- Carousel of life . Roman (hardcover & paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1991.
- Lights games . Roman (paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1991.
- September . Roman (paperback). Wunderlich, Reinbek 1991. (Hardcover: No. 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list from April 29 to October 20, 1991 )
- Summer by the sea . Roman (hardcover & paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1992.
- Stormy encounter . Roman (hardcover & paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1992.
- Interplay of love . Roman (paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1992.
- Wild thyme . Roman (hardcover & paperback). Wunderlich, Reinbek 1993. (Hardcover: No. 1 on the Spiegel bestseller list from January 10th to 16th, 1994 )
- Sleeping tiger . Roman (paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1993.
- Snow storm in spring . Roman (paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1993.
- Flowers in the rain . Roman (paperback). rororo - Rowohlt, 1994.
- End of summer . Roman (hardcover & paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1994.
- Homecoming . Roman (paperback). Wunderlich, Reinbek 1995.
- Clouds on the horizon . Roman (hardcover & paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1995.
- Winter sun . Roman (paperback). Wunderlich, Reinbek 2000.
- All the stories . Roman (paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 2000 (anthology, contains the volumes of short stories The Blue Room and Flowers in the Rain )
- Family album . Photo book (hardcover). Wunderlich, Reinbek 2007 (literary portraits of all their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; with photos of their grandson Oliver Pilcher)
- My two mothers . (Paperback). Rowohlt, Reinbek 2012.
- Siv Bublitz (editor), Rosamunde Pilcher: Die Welt der Rosamunde Pilcher. Wunderlich Verlag, 1994, ISBN 978-3805205719 .
- Christmas with Rosamunde Pilcher . Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, Reinbek 2003, ISBN 3-499-23530-7 .
- Claus Beling, Heidi Ulmke: Enchanting Cornwall. A journey to the locations of the Rosamunde Pilcher films . vgs Egmont, Cologne 2005, ISBN 3-8025-3408-5 .
- Ulrike Grunewald, Petra Woebke: In the footsteps of Rosamunde Pilcher: A journey through Scotland and Cornwall . Moewig, Hamburg 2008. ISBN 978-3-86803-274-1 .
Documentaries on TV
- Rosamunde Pilchers Cornwall - ZDF documentary (2008) - first broadcast on May 31, 2009
- Rosamunde Pilchers Scottland - ZDF documentary (2008) - first broadcast on June 1, 2009
- Cornwall - The Real Land of Rosamunde Pilcher - ZDF documentary (2020) - First broadcast on April 13, 2020
In 2004 Rosamunde Pilcher visited her great niece Marissa at Rheda Castle . Marissa is the wife of Maximilian zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg . At that time a rose was named after her.
- Literature by and about Rosamunde Pilcher in the catalog of the German National Library
- Rosamunde Pilcher in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Rosamunde Pilcher films in the two thousand and one film dictionary
- List of episodes at Fernsehserien.de (there, however, with different numbers than here)
- ↑ Rosamunde Pilcher obituary , theguardian.com, published and accessed on February 7, 2019
- ↑ Alison Flood: Rosamunde Pilcher, author of The Shell Seekers, dies aged 94 . In: The Guardian . February 7, 2019, ISSN 0261-3077 ( theguardian.com [accessed February 7, 2019]).
- ↑ Novelist Rosamunde Pilcher dies, aged 94 thebookseller.com, accessed on February 7, 2019
- ↑ Cult author Rosamunde Pilcher (94) is dead telebasel.ch, accessed on February 7, 2019
- ↑ Vineta Colby (Ed.): World authors, 1985–1990. HW Wilson, New York 1995, ISBN 0-8242-0875-7 , p. 970.
- ↑ Graham Pilcher . In: The Telegraph , May 3, 2009.
- ↑ Stefanie Maeck: She only lives kitsch in fiction. In: spiegel.de , September 21, 2014, accessed on September 21, 2014
- ↑ Rosamunde Pilcher stops: Retirement at 87. In: Spiegel Online Kultur , June 7, 2012
- ↑ Rosamunde Pilcher, author of The Shell Seekers, dies aged 94 , The Guardian, February 7, 2019; accessed on February 9, 2019
- ↑ "I've never really been in love" ; Süddeutsche.de of February 7, 2019; accessed the same day
- ↑ Rosamunde Pilcher died at the age of 94 , Handelsblatt dated February 7, 2019
- ↑ Angelika Bucerius: "She writes about feelings, but doesn't like to show them". In: The world . May 19, 2013, accessed June 8, 2015 (interview with Rosamunde Pilcher).
- ↑ Hendrik Werner: The Schnulzenkönigin Rosamunde Pilcher is 85. In: Die Welt . September 22, 2009, accessed June 8, 2015 .
- ↑ With kitsch, Rosamunde Pilcher put almost everyone in the shade ; br24 of February 7, 2019; accessed the same day
- ^ The ready-made romantic , Deutschlandfunk, February 7, 2019; accessed on February 9, 2019
- ↑ Master of kitsch prose: Rosamunde Pilcher dies ; The February 7, 2019 standard ; accessed on February 9, 2019
- ↑ Obituary for Rosamunde Pilcher The Lady of Love ; Berliner Zeitung of February 7, 2019; accessed on February 20, 2019
- ↑ The master of romance novels , tagesschau.de of February 7, 2019; accessed the same day
- ^ Why the Germans idolized Rosamunde Pilcher ; Augsburger Allgemeine of February 8, 2019; accessed on February 11, 2019
- ↑ Queen Kitsch , Spiegel online, February 7, 2019; accessed the same day
- ↑ pilcherization ; Lexicon of film terms ; accessed on February 14, 2019
- ↑ Tanja Weber: Cultivation in Series: Cultural Adaptation Strategies of Fictional TV Series ; Schüren Verlag 2015 p. 308; online in google books
- ↑ Dream of swaying meadows In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , October 1, 2011. Accessed July 30, 2016.
- ^ ZDF press release: British Tourism Award for Rosamunde Pilcher and Dr. Claus Beling , presseportal.de
- ↑ Dream of rolling meadows (by Meike Mai)
- ^ Memories of Rosamunde Pilcher . The bell .online, accessed on May 18, 2020.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Fraser, Jane (pen name); Scott, Rosamunde (maiden name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 22, 1924|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lelant , Cornwall , England , United Kingdom|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 6, 2019|
|Place of death||Longforgan , Perth and Kinross , Scotland|