Tuesday, January 1, 2013

British Women Writers of Fiction 1910-1960 (Fl - Gi)

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Updated 6/9/2017


[Current total: 1,893 writers]


FLANEUSE (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of ?  Maud Yardley?  Elinor Glyn?)
1910s - 1930
Pseudonym used for twenty works of fiction. The author remains untraced, and OCEF speculates that more than one author could have written under the name. Maud YARDLEY and/or Elinor GLYN, whose works were often advertised alongside those of Flaneuse, are possible candidates. Original dates of publication of many of the books are uncertain, but titles include Scored!, The Triumphant Woman, Guilty Splendour, Peril's Pathway, The Yellow Fairy, Blue Beauty, and Doubly Tied.

Flaxman, Anna
          see CAMPION, SARAH

FLEMING, ALISON (28 Jan 1895 – 2 Oct 1972)
(pseudonym of Lucy Mary Cummings)
1930s – 1940s
Scottish author of four novels which, judging by a Sydney Morning Herald review of the first, Christina Strang (1936), are rather dark in theme. The other titles are The Strawberry Field (1937), Gooseberry Green (1946), and Common Day (1947).

FLEMING, HUGH (1882 – 21 Nov 1958)
(pseudonym of Dorothy Francis Hague)
1920s
Poet and author of two collections of stories, Candied Fruits (1923) and Octave (1924), about which little information is available.

FLEMING, JOAN [MARGARET] (27 Mar 1908 – 15 Nov 1980)
(née Gibson)
1940s – 1970s
Author of about 40 volumes of fiction, most mysteries, which are notable for their variety of style and approach. Maiden's Prayer (1957) deals with a middle-aged spinster in peril, and the Times Literary Supplement said of it: "The atmosphere of the shabby Georgian house in London and the suspense created by Miss Maiden's extreme vulnerability are well conveyed." The Man from Nowhere (1960) deals with a newcomer in an English village, who becomes the prime suspect when a murder occurs. Midnight Hag (1966) focuses on the return of a former resident to the village in which his wife died many years before. Two of her books—When I Grow Rich (1962) and Nothing Is the Number When You Die (1965)—feature Turkish philosopher Nuri Iskirlak, and have been praised for their explorations of Eastern vs. Western attitudes. Other mysteries include Two Lovers Too Many (1949), The Gallows in My Garden (1951), Polly Put the Kettle On (1952), Malice Matrimonial (1959), Death of a Sardine (1963), Dirty Butter for Servants (1972), and Too Late! Too Late! The Maiden Cried (1975). Fleming began her career with several works for children, including the "Cronian Quartet," comprised of Mulberry Hall (1945), The Riddle in the River (1946), Button Jugs (1947), and The Jackdaw's Nest (1949).

FLETCHER, MEREDITH (1871 – 19 Mar 1942)
(pseudonym of Mary Fletcher Kitchin)
1900s – 1910s
Author of five boys' school stories—Every Inch a Briton (1900), Uncle Bob: A Tale of Hazelton School (1901), Jefferson Junior (1905), The Pretenders (1908), and Iredale Minor (1912)

FOLEY, HELEN (23 Jul 1917 – 11 Mar 2007)
(pseudonym of Helen Rosa Fowler, née Huxley, aka Helen Huxley)
1940s – 1970s
Author of nine novels. A Handful of Time (1961) was a Book Society Choice and deals with two women before and after WWII in and around Cambridge, where Foley herself lived at the time. The Traverse (1960) and Fort of Silence (1963) are about troubled marriages, and Between the Parties (1958) about an affair, while The Grand-Daughter (1965) seems to be set in Scotland and deals with a young girl's first love. Her debut, Summer Drift (1946), appeared under her maiden name. The other novels are The Bright Designs (1969), The Pitcher Plant (1973), and Come to Grief (1976). Foley spent some time, perhaps during World War II, working for the Ministry of Information.

FORBES, ANGELA [SELINA BIANCA] (11 Jun 1876 – 22 Oct 1950)
(née St. Clair-Erskine)
1910s – 1920s
Organizer of World War I catering services and author of four risqué (for their time) novels, which she herself later described as pot-boilers, including The Broken Commandment (1910), The Other Woman's Shadow (1912), and Should She Have Spoken? (1923). Her memoirs—Memories and Base Details (1921) and Fore and Aft (1932)—are perhaps similarly scandalous. Interestingly for Da Vinci Code aficionados, her funeral took place at Rosslyn Chapel.

FORBES, HELEN [EMILY] (13 Dec 1874 – 13 Oct 1926)
(née Craven, aka Helen Craven)
1890s – 1910s
Author of nine novels, of which OCEF says her "characterization and plots are conventional, but her dialogue is intelligent and humorous." The first three—Notes of a Music-Lover (1897), Katharine Cromer (1897), and The Outcast Emperor (1900)—were published under her maiden name. The others are His Eminence: A Story of Last Century (1904), The Provincials (1905), It's a Way They Have in the Army (1905), Lady Marion and the Plutocrat (1906), The Bounty of the Gods (1910), and The Polar Star (1911). Her final work was a volume of poetry, The Saga of the Seventh Division (1920).

FORBES, [JOAN] ROSITA (16 Jan 1890 – 30 Jun 1967)
(née Torr, later married name McGrath)
1920s – 1930s
Adventurer, travel writer, biographer, and novelist. She was a trail-blazing traveler at a time when few women were exploring lesser-known parts of Asia, the tropics, and the Arab world. Travel titles include Unconducted Wanderers (1919), The Secret of the Sahara (1921), From Red Sea to Blue Nile (1925), Adventure, Being a Gipsy Salad (1928), Forbidden Road—Kabal to Sarmarkand (1937), and A Unicorn in the Bahamas (1939). Her most controversial work was Women Called Wild (1935), which specifically focused on the conditions of women in other parts of the world, including Arab slaves, Java witches, and revolutionaries in Russia. She also published nearly a dozen novels, which seem to have garnered lukewarm reactions as fiction but contained vivid details drawn from her own travels. These include The Jewel in the Lotus (1922), Quest: The Story of Anne, Three Men, and Some Arabs (1933), A Fool's Hell (1923), Sirocco (1927, aka Pursuit), The Cavaliers of Death (1930), and The Extraordinary House (1934), the last her one foray into the mystery genre, set in South America. She published two volumes of memoir—Gypsy in the Sun (1944) and Appointment with Destiny (1946), later published in a single abridged volume as Appointment in the Sun (1949).

FORBES, MRS. WALTER R. D. (1866 – 18 Apr 1924)
(pseudonym of Eveline Louisa Forbes, née Farwell)
1880s – 1910s
Author of ten novels about which little information is available—Fingers and Fortune (1886), Her Last Run (1889), Blight (1897), A Gentleman (1900), Dumb (1901), Unofficial (1902), Vane Royal (1908), Leroux (1908), Nameless (1909), and His Alien Enemy (1918).

FORBES-ROBERTSON, DIANA (1915? – 9 Dec 1987)
(married name Sheean)
1940s, 1960s
Wife of journalist Douglas Sheean. Author of a single novel, A Cat and a King (1949), and a children's book, Footlights for Jean (1963). She also edited War Letters from Britain (1942) and published The Battle of Waterloo Road (1941), in which her narrative of the Blitz and its effects on the people of working-class Lambeth is accompanied by the photographs of Robert Capa. She also published Maxine (1964, aka My Aunt Maxine), a biography of her aunt (by marriage), American actress Maxine Elliot.

FORBES-ROBERTSON, FRANCES [MARIE DÉSIRÉE] (15 Dec 1866 – 23 May 1956)
(married name Harrod)
1880s – 1930s
Sister of actor Johnston Forbes-Robertson and author of thirteen works of fiction. The Hidden Model (1901) is about an artist sheltering a woman murderer, with whom he becomes obsessed. The Horrible Man (1913) was described by Saturday Review as an "allegory of the rise of the militant female." Other titles are In Herself Complete (1888), Odd Stories (1897), The Potentate (1898), Mother Earth (1902), What We Dream (1903), The Taming of the Brute (1905), The Wanton (1909), The Triumphant Rider (1925), Trespass (1928), Stained Wings (1930), and Temperament (1934).

FORBES-ROBERTSON, JEAN (16 Mar 1905 – 24 Dec 1962)
(erroneously listed in British Library catalogue as "Forres Robertson")
1950s
Actress who played Peter Pan on the London stage, and author of one children’s book, Chowry, and Idle's Islands: Two Tales of Fantasy (1953).

Ford, Elbur
          see HIBBERT, ELEANOR

Ford, Elizabeth
          see BIDWELL, MARJORIE [ELIZABETH SARAH]

FORD, ROSEMARY (dates unknown)
1940s
Author of two girls' school stories—The Joy School (1947) and Trio Fights Back (1947). Of the former, Sims and Clare said it was "unsure whether it wants to be The Madcap of the School or Regiment of Women." The latter is a spy thriller.

FORDE, A[DRIENNE]. RUBY (1893 - ????)
(née Jackson [uncertain but probable identification])
1940s
Dublin-born author of a single girls' school story, Cherry Jam at Glencastle (1945) about a bestselling girls' author masquerading as a schoolgirl at an Irish boarding school. Forde may also be the author of St. Aidan & St. Colman, about Ireland's contributions to British culture.

FOREST, ANTONIA (26 May 1915 – 29 Nov 2003)
(pseudonym of Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein)
1940s – 1980s
Originally setting out, unsuccessfully, to write for adults, Forest found success with her series of more than a dozen children's titles about the eight Marlow children, beginning with Autumn Term (1948). Several of the books take place at school, and Forest is widely considered one of the very best school story authors. The other titles are The Marlows and the Traitor (1953), Falconer's Lure (1957), End of Term (1959), Peter's Room (1961), The Thursday Kidnapping (1963), The Thuggery Affair (1965), The Ready-Made Family (1967), The Player's Boy (1970), The Players and the Rebels (1971), The Cricket Term (1974), The Attic Term (1976), and Run Away Home (1982).

FORESTER, ELSPETH LASCELLES (1873 – 29 Jul 1931)
(real name Elsie, née Mackenzie)
1920s
Author of a single novel, 'Ware Wolf (1928), which, according to a contemporary review, "tries to reconcile the old Were Wolf legend with modern science and constructs a romance on this subject which has as a background the conspiracy for a world revolution."

FORREST, CAROL (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of Margaret Tennyson)
Once incorrectly identified as a pseudonym of Catherine CHRISTIAN and still untraced in public records. Author of six volumes of children's fiction, some focused on Guiding. The House of Simon (1942) is a wartime tale of abandoned children making their own home during the Blitz. Her other titles are Two Rebels and a Pilgrim (1941), Patteran Patrol (1944), Fortune's Coin (1945), Caravan School (1946), and The Quest of the Curlews (1947). The British Library catalogue shows a single children's book credited to a Margaret Tennyson, The Silver Secret (1959), but it's unclear if this is the same author writing under her real name or a completely different person.

FORREST, NOEL
(pseudonym of Gwendolen Hudson Lewis [18 Jan 1892 - 1985] and Florence Jacoba Watson [1880 - 8 May 1963])
1920s – 1940s
Little is known about these collaborators, who published seven novels in all. Their debut, Ways of Escape (1926), is described as a fictitious biography of an ogre-ish man. Their other titles are Background (1929), Brother Fool (1931), The Ferryman (1934), The Man That Looked on Glass (1937), Riding Alone (1938), and There Comes Another Day (1941).

FORRESTER, HELEN (6 Jun 1919 – 24 Nov 2011)
(married name Bhatia, aka J. Rana, aka June Bhatia, aka June Edwards)
1950s – 2000s
Novelist and memoirist best known for her four volumes of memoirs about her childhood and youth in Liverpool—Twopence to Cross the Mersey (1974), Minerva's Stepchild (1979), By the Waters of Liverpool (1981), and Lime Street at Two (1985). She also published 10 novels, including several under her pseudonyms. Titles are Alien There Is None (1959, aka Thursday's Child), which deals with English/Indian intermarriage, The Latchkey Kid (1971), Most Precious Employee (1976), Liverpool Daisy (1979), Three Women of Liverpool (1984), set in Liverpool in 1941, The Moneylenders of Shahpur (1987), Yes, Mama (1988), The Lemon Tree (1990), The Liverpool Basque (1993), and A Cuppa Tea and an Aspirin (2003).

FORSEY, MAUDE S[ARAH]. (30 Aug 1885 - 1971)
(born "Maud", married name Lane)
1920s – 1930s
Author of two girls' school stories—Mollie Hazledene's Schooldays (1924) and Norah O'Flanigan, Prefect (1937)—which are praised by Sims and Clare. She also wrote several books aimed at younger children. She was apparently a schoolteacher herself. I wrote about the earlier book here.

FORSTER, DAPHNE K[ATHLEEN]. (3 Sept 1905 - 2006)
(married names Goodman and Clay)
1930s – 1950s, 1980s
Author of eight novels about which little information is available. Titles are Faulty Mosaic (1937), Strangers All (1937), Westward Comes the Light (1942), The Sandalwood Gate (1947), Hidden Cities (1950), Twin Giants (1952) (the cover of which would lead one to expect a thriller), The Horse-Leech's Daughters (1955), and The Pool of Narcissus (1985).

FORSYTH GRANT, ANN [MCKERRELL] (c1859 – 18 Sept 1929)
(née Brown)
1890s – 1920s
Author of several boys' school stories, including The Boys at Penrohn (1893), The Hero of Crampton School (1895), Burke's Chum (1896), Chums at Last (1905), and The Beresford Boys (1906), as well as two later adult novels, Rosemary: A Pre-War Story (1926) and The Road to Tarfe (1928). Her school stories were illustrated by her son, and one wonders if this is the same son she memorialized in Ivor: A Recollection (1918)—perhaps a war casualty?

FORTUNE, DION (6 Dec 1890 – 8 Jan 1946)
(pseudonym of Violet Mary Firth, married name Evans, aka V. M. Steele)
1920s – 1930s, 1950s
Writer who focused on mysticism and the occult in numerous works of non-fiction, as well as six volumes of fiction—The Secrets of Dr. Taverner (1926), The Demon Lover (1927), The Winged Bull (1935), The Goat-Foot God (1936), The Sea Priestess (1938), and Moon Magic (1956).

FOSTER, FRANCES G[EORGE]. KNOWLES (15 May 1884 – 21 Oct 1926)
1910s
Author of two early Mills & Boon titles, Jehanne of the Golden Lips (1910) and The Written Law (1912).

FOSTER, GRACE (dates unknown)
1920s – 1930s
Untraced author of nearly twenty romances, probably inexpensive paperbacks, including She Would Be a Swell (1920), The Whip Hand (1920), Whirlwind Pixie (1923), The Odd Girl (1923), Her Daring Refusal (1924), Jealous of Her Sister (1926), His People Against Her (1927), and Gipsy (1933).

FOUNTAIN, SYBIL [MARY] (1891 - 1977)
1930s
Composer and author of three novels—The Echoing Man (1933), Open the Cage (1934), and Monks Charity (1937).

FOWELL, OLIVIA (16 Jun 1876 – 19 Jun 1953)
1900s – 1920s
A contemporary of Angela BRAZIL, Fowell published seven children's titles, including five school stories which reflect the evolution of girls' schools—Her First Term (1906), Patricia's Promotion (1907), The Doings of Dorothea (1912), The Girls of Tredennings (1926), and The Latimer Scholarship (1929). Her other two titles are Brave Girls All (1912) and The Mystery of Barwood Hall (1920).

FOWKES, ELLEN M[AUDE]. (25 Dec 1890 - 1978)
(married name Wilson? [uncertain but probably identification])
1920s
Author of two novels—Second Love (1920) and Looms of Destiny (1926). The latter is a historical novel about the Manchester Radicals, about which Bookman makes the odd comment that "[l]ike most women writers the author succeeds best with her male characters."

FOWLER, EDITH HENRIETTA (16 Feb 1865 – 18 Nov 1944)
(married name Hamilton)
1890s – 1920s
Sister of Ellen FOWLER. Now best known for her children's book The Young Pretenders (1895), a Persephone selection, Fowler published six other volumes of fiction, including another children's title, The Professor's Children (1897), and several novels for adults which, according to ODNB, "deal with the romantic problems of high-minded and politically active Christian members of the upper class." Titles are A Corner of the West (1899), The World and Winstow (1901), For Richer For Poorer (1905), Patricia (1915), and Christabel (1921).

FOWLER, ELLEN [THORNEYCROFT] (9 Apr 1860 – 22 Jun 1929)
(married name Felkin)
1890s – 1920s
Sister of Edith Henrietta FOWLER. Author of several early volumes of poetry and nine novels known for lively dialogue and, in the case of the final two—Miss Fallowfield's Fortune (1908) and Her Ladyship's Conscience (1913)—for lightly feminist themes. The other novels are Concerning Isabel Carnaby (1898), A Double Thread (1899), The Farringdons (1900), Fuel of Fire (1902), Place and Power (1903), Kate of Kate Hall (1904, co-written with her husband Alfred Laurence Felkin), and Signs and Wonders (1926).

FOX, CECILY (dates unknown)
1930s
Untraced author of two children's titles—That New Girl Anna (1930), about a young queen in disguise at a boarding school, and Eve Plays Her Part (1934).

FOX, MARION [INEZ DOUGLAS] (21 Aug 1885 – 15 Oct 1973)
(married name Ward)
1910s – 1920s
Author of seven novels. Her first three were historical in subject—The Seven Nights (1910) is set during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, The Hand of the North (1911) is about Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Essex, and The Bountiful Hour (1912) follows a young 18th century girl from childhood to marriage. Fox's remaining novels turned to the supernatural, most famously in Ape’s Face (1914), which is about a family haunted by a curse and which is the only one of Fox's novels to be reprinted in recent years. The Mystery Keepers (1919) and The Luck of the Town (1922) deal similarly with curses and ghostly presences, the latter at a university built on the site of Roman ruins. Her final novel was Aunt Isabel's Love (1928).

FRANCIS, JOY (1 Nov 1888 – 25 Apr 1978)
(pseudonym of Olive Sarah Folds, née Hill)
1920s – 1930s
Author of five girls' school stories, the first two of which—The Greystone Girls (1928) and Biddy at Greystone (1929)—are linked, while the others—The Girls of the Rose Dormitory (1930), Rosemary at St Anne's (1932), and Patsy at St Anne's (1936)—are stand-alone tales. Some of the titles were reprinted in the 1940s and 1950s.

Francis, Dora B.
          see CHAPMAN, DORA [BARR]

FRANCIS, M. E. (1859 – 9 Mar 1930)
(pseudonym of Mary Sweetman Blundell, aka Mary Blundell)
1880s – 1920s
Author of more than 50 volumes of fiction for children and adults, both as sole author and, in later years, in collaboration with her daughters Margaret BLUNDELL and Agnes BLUNDELL. Her work often focuses on rural or village life. Titles include Whither? (1892), A Daughter of the Soil (1895), Miss Erin (1898), The Manor Farm (1902), Wild Wheat (1905), Hardy-on-the-Hill (1908), Noblesse Oblige (1909), The Story of Mary Dunne (1913), Dark Rosaleen (1915), A Maid o' Dorset (1917), Renewal (1921), Napoleon of the Looms (1925), and Mossoo: A Comedy of a Lancashire Village (1927).

Frank, Theodore
          see GARDINER, DOROTHEA FRANCES

FRANKAU, JULIA (30 Jul 1859 – 17 Mar 1916)
(née Davis, aka Frank Danby)
1880s – 1910s
Grandmother of Pamela FRANKAU and author of sometimes controversial novels. Her debut, Dr. Phillips: A Maida Vale Idyll (1887), offended the Jewish community in London (of which Frankau was a member) as well as being deemed immoral. Joseph in Jeopardy (1912), about the attempted seduction of a married man, was also a daring work for the time. Other titles include A Babe in Bohemia (1889), Pigs in Clover (1903), Baccarat (1904), An Incomplete Etonian (1909), Let the Roof Fall In (1910), Concert Pitch (1913), and Full Swing (1914).

FRANKAU, PAMELA [SYDNEY] (8 Jan 1908 – 8 Jun 1967)
(married name Gill, aka Eliot Nayler)
1920s – 1960s
Author of more than 30 volumes of fiction, including, according to ODNB, 20 novels by the age of 32, "only three of which she cared to remember: She and I (1930), I Was the Man (1932), and Tassell-Gentle (1934)." Her most famous novels, reprinted by Virago in the 1980s and more recently, are The Willow Cabin (1949), about the actress second wife of a surgeon attempting to come to terms with her predecessor, The Winged Horse (1953), about a family tyrannically ruled by a successful newspaper mogul, and A Wreath for the Enemy (1954), about a young girl’s life-altering experiences one summer in the bohemian Riviera hotel owned by her parents. Frankau’s own favorite of her novels, The Bridge (1957), deals with Catholicism and bisexuality. It is perhaps somewhat autobiographical and an attempt to work through the conflicts between religion and sexuality, since Frankau herself was a passionate Catholic whose most successful romantic relationships, including the one that lasted for the final decade of her life (with Margaret Webster, daughter of actress Dame May Whitty), were with women. Frankau’s late trilogy, called Clothes of a King’s Son—comprised of Sing for Your Supper (1963), Slaves for the Lamp (1965), and Over the Mountains (1967)—is set in the 1930s and World War II and includes several gay and lesbian characters. She published a single novel, 1952's The Offshore Light, under her pseudonym. Her grandmother was Julia FRANKAU, her father was novelist Gilbert Frankau, and her sister Ursula also published three novels as Mary NICHOLSON (1906-1980).

FRASER, CICELY E. C. (?1914 - ?1950)
(uncertain but probable identification)
1930s
Author of a single girls' school story, Feuds and Friendships (1935). Fraser also wrote a non-fiction work about nurseries and nursery schools, called First—The Infant (1943). John Herrington found that she was the sister of a Professor Lindley Fraser of Aberdeen University, and the tentative dates above, but definite identification has not been possible.

Fraser, Jane
          see PILCHER, ROSAMUNDE

FRASER, MARGARET (dates unknown)
1930s
Untraced author of a single short romance, The Love Link (1934).

FRASER, MARY (dates unknown)
1920s
Untraced author of a single short romance, The Bride He Tried to Hide (1928).

FRASER, MARY [EMILY] (8 Apr 1851 – 7 Jun 1922)
(née Crawford, aka Mrs. Hugh Fraser)
1890s – 1910s
Wife of diplomat and author Hugh Fraser. Author of at least 18 novels, including two with J. I. Stahlmann (actually the pseudonym of her son John Crawford Fraser). Titles include The Brown Ambassador (1895), Palladia (1896), A Chapter of Accidents (1898), The Splendid Porsenna (1899), A Little Grey Sheep (1901), The Stolen Emperor (1903), The Heart of a Geisha (1908), The Golden Rose (1910), The Queen's Peril (1912), The Bale-Fire (1914), and The Pagans (1915). She published two memoirs, A Diplomatist's Wife in Japan (1899) and Further Reminiscences of a Diplomatist's Wife (1912), as well as several non-fiction works about Italy.

Fraser, Peter
          see COLES, P[HOEBE]. CATHERINE

FRASER-SIMSON, [ANNA] CICELY (1896 - 1959)
(née Devenish)
1920s – 1960s
Author of five novels and four children's books. Her debut, Footsteps in the Night (1926), was praised by Bookman for its likeable characters and realistic and compelling plot. The Swinging Shutter (1927) and Danger Follows (1929) are also mysteries or thrillers. Her two later novels are Count the Hours (1940) and Another Spring (1953). Her children's titles are Canal Cats (1955), The Adventures of Golly Smith (1957), The Further Adventures of Golly Smith (1958), and Golly Smith and Bilbo (1962).

FREEMAN, GILLIAN (5 Dec 1929 -           )
(married name Thorpe, aka Eliot George, aka Elaine Jackson)
1950s – 2000s
Critic, biographer, screenwriter, and novelist. Perhaps best known for The Leather Boys (1961), written as "Eliot George," about a working class gay relationship, which was filmed in 1964. Other fiction includes The Liberty Man (1955), Fall of Innocence (1956), Jack Would Be a Gentleman (1959), The Campaign (1963), The Leader (1965), The Alabaster Egg (1970), The Marriage Machine (1975), Nazi Lady (1978, aka The Confessions of Elisabeth Von S.), An Easter Egg Hunt (1981), Love Child (1984, as Elaine Jackson), Termination Rock (1989), His Mistress's Voice (1999), and most recently But Nobody Lives in Bloomsbury (2006), a fictionalized account of the Bloomsbury Group. Several of her novels have been reprinted by Valancourt Books—see here. She also published a study of pornography, The Undergrowth of Literature (1967), and a critical study of the work of Angela Brazil (1976).

FREEMAN, KATHLEEN (22 Jun 1879 – 21 Feb 1959)
(aka Mary Fitt, Stuart Mary Wick, and Caroline Cory)
1920s - 1960
Classical scholar, children's author and novelist. Author of almost thirty crime novels using her Mary Fitt pseudonym, many featuring series character Inspector Mallet. Titles include Murder Mars the Tour (1936), Three Sisters Flew Home (1936), Bulls Like Death (1937), Expected Death (1938), Death Starts a Rumour (1940), Clues for Christabel (1944), Death and the Pleasant Voices (1946), A Fine and Private Place (1947), The Banquet Ceases (1949), Pity for Pamela (1950), Death and the Shortest Day (1952), Sweet Poison (1956), Mizmaze (1958), and There Are More Ways of Killing.... (1960). She also published seven mainstream novels—Martin Hanner: A Comedy (1926), Quarrelling with Lois (1928), This Love (1929), The Huge Shipwreck (1934), Adventure from the Grave (1936), Gown and Shroud (1947), and, under her Caroline Cory pseudonym, Doctor Underground (1956). Critics have compared Freeman's adult fiction to the likes of Elizabeth BOWEN and Dorothy SAYERS. Also using her Fitt pseudonym, she published a dozen volumes of children's fiction and non-fiction, including The Island Castle (1953), Annabella at the Lighthouse (1955), Annabella Takes a Plunge (1955), Annabella to the Rescue (1955), Pomeroy's Postscript (1955), The Turnip Watch (1956), Annabella and the Smugglers (1957), Man of Justice: The Story of Solon (1957), Vendetta (1957), Alfred the Great (1958), The Shifting Sands (1958), and The Great River (1959).

FREMLIN, CELIA [MARGARET] (20 Jun 1914 – 16 Jun 2009)
(married names Goller and Minchin)
1940s – 1990s
Author of sixteen novels, specializing in suspenseful stories focused on the fears and vulnerabilities of ordinary women. Her debut, The Hours Before Dawn (1958), is about a new mother who becomes convinced that her lodger is a threat to her and her infant. Others include Uncle Paul (1959), The Trouble-Makers (1963), Don't Go to Sleep in the Dark (1970), The Long Shadow (1975), With No Crying (1980), Listening in the Dusk (1990), and King of the World (1994). Though best known for her crime novels, Fremlin began her career with two significant works of non-fiction—The Seven Chars of Chelsea (1940), which details her experiences in domestic service, and War Factory (1943), a vivid view of wartime factory life written for Mass Observation. She later published a war memoir, Living Through the Blitz (1976). She was an advocate of assisted suicide, and claimed in an interview to have aided in four suicides.

French, Ashley
          see ROBINS, DENISE NAOMI

FRIEDLAENDER, V[IOLET]. H[ELEN]. (c1879 – 23 Jun 1950)
1920s
Suffragette (who served four months in prison for smashing windows), poet and author of two novels. Mainspring (1922), which deals with suffragism, is noted in Nicola Beauman's A Very Great Profession. The Colour of Youth (1924) is a psychological look at two children raised in very different ways.

FROW, M[ARION]. (dates unknown)
1940s – 1950s
Untraced author of eight children's books, including one school story, The Invisible Schoolgirl (1950), the plot of which Sims and Clare call "one of the silliest even in a genre renowned for silly plots." The others appear to be adventure tales—The Intelligence Corps and Anna (1944), The Intelligence Corps Saves the Island (1946), The Submerged Cave (1947), Four Stowaways and Anna (1947), Castle Adventure (1949), Five Robinson Crusoes (1950), and A Ghost for Christmas (1951). We know that she attended Manchester University, lived in France for a time, and married an army officer, but other details are lacking.

FRY, LEONORA (10 Jul 1913 - 1999)
(married name Osmin)
1930s – 1940s
Daughter of Bertha LEONARD and author of one girls' school story, For the School's Sake (1934), two other children's books—Through Peril for Prince Charlie (1937) and Cyril the Squirrel (1946)—and several entries in the non-fiction "Get to Know" series.

FRY, [ADELE] PAMELA (1916 - ????)
1950s
Author who straddles this list and its (so-far-nonexistent) Canadian equivalent—she was born in England and emigrated at age 12. She published two mystery novels, Harsh Evidence (1953) and The Watching Cat (1960), as well as—rather oddly, since she had lived in England and Canada, not the U.S.—a cookbook called Cooking the American Way (1963).

FULLER MAITLAND, ELLA [SOPHIA MAY] (1857 – 15 Nov 1939)
(née Chester)
1890s – 1900s, 1920s
Poet and author of at least three novels—Priors Roothing (1903), Blanche Esmead (1906), and The Clere Family, 1927 to 1928 (1929). She also published three volumes of philosophical musings and observations in the character of Bethia Hardcore (1895-1907), which might count as fiction. It's not clear how we should classify her other titles, The Saltonstall Gazette (1896), From My Window in Chelsea (1903), and By Land and By Water (1911).

FURLONG, AGNES (dates unknown)
(née ?????)
1940s – 1950s
Untraced author of five children's titles, including a part-school story, The School Library Mystery (1951), as well as The Potato Riddle (1949), Stratford Adventure (1951), Sword of State: An Adventure in Coventry (1952), and Elizabeth Leaves School (1956). We know Furlong was a married name, but have been unable to trace her further.

FURSDON, F[LORENCE]. R[OSE]. M[ARY]. (1870 – 25 Sept 1941)
(née Trelawny)
1910s
Author of one novel, The Story of Amanda (1914), which deals with women's suffrage. Her other work includes French language guides and several pamphlets against Roman Catholicism.

FURSE, [MARGARET] CELIA [NEWBOLT] (1890 - 1975)
1950s
Author of a single novel, The Visiting Moon (1956), which relates a young girl's visit to a large English country house over the Christmas holidays early in the 19th century. Barb at Leaves & Pages reviewed it here, and Ali at Heavenali reviewed it here.

FYFE, MURIEL (dates unknown)
(née ?????)
1930s – 1960s
Untraced author of about a dozen works for children, including the school story Sally Travels to School (1937), as well as The Adventures of Peter (1933), Greystones Farm (1934), Mary Lee's Cottage (1936), The Stowaways (1937), and Curious Kate (1946). We know that Fyfe was her married name, but other details are lacking.

GAINHAM, SARAH (1 Oct 1915 – 24 Nov 1999)
(pseudonym of Rachel Stainer, married names Terry and Ames, aka Rachel Ames)
1950s – 1980s
Journalist and author of a dozen volumes of fiction, most famously Night Falls on the City (1967), a bestseller set in wartime Vienna. The book is the first volume of a trilogy, followed by A Place in the Country (1968) and Private Worlds (1971). The less acclaimed sequels are set, respectively, soon after the war has ended and in the early 1950s. Gainham had already published several spy novels (some reviewed here) and continued publishing until 1983. Other novels are Time Right Deadly (1956), The Cold Dark Night (1957), The Mythmaker (1957, aka Appointment in Vienna), The Stone Roses (1959), The Silent Hostage (1960), Maculan's Daughter (1973), To the Opera Ball (1975), and The Tiger, Life (1983). She also published a story collection, The Habsburg Twilight: Tales from Vienna (1979).

Gaite, Francis
          see MANNING, ADELAIDE FRANCES OKE

GALLATI, MARY [ERNESTINE] (7 Mar 1920 – 21 Sept 1978)
1950s – 1960s
Poet, broadcaster, journalist, and author of books on entertaining, Gallati also published numerous stories in The Star 1946-1953 (see here), as well as two novels, The Acorn (1950) and The Silver Bow (1962), the latter a saga about an Italian family. She was the daughter of restaurateur Mario Gallati.

GALLIE, MENNA [PATRICIA] (17 Mar 1920 – 17 Jun 1990)
(née Humphreys)
1950s – 1980s
Welsh translator and author of six novels, beginning with Strike for a Kingdom (1959), described as a detective novel set in a Welsh village during the 1926 General Strike. The Small Mine (1962) deals with a mining accident in the same fictional village. Her other novels are Man's Desiring (1960) set at a Midlands university, Travels with a Duchess (1968), You're Welcome to Ulster! (1970), and In These Promiscuous Parts (1986).

GANDY, IDA (1885 - 1977)
(née Hony)
1920s – 1930s, 1960
Children's author and memoirist, best known for her memoirs A Wiltshire Childhood (1929) and Staying with the Aunts (1963). Round About the Little Steeple (1960) seems to be a fact-based novel about Bishop's Cannings in the 17th century. She also wrote numerous short plays and three works of children's fiction—Three Bold Explorers (1927), Sunset Island (1929), and Under the Chestnut Tree (1938).

GARDINER, DOROTHEA FRANCES (1880 – 7 Feb 1954)
(née Walters, aka D. F. Gardiner, aka Theodore Frank)
1920s – 1930s
Author of five novels, some of which seem to be mysteries. Titles are The Lifted Latch (1929, as Theodore Frank), The Prison House (1929), Another Night, Another Day (1930), The Beguiling Shore (1930), and Murder at a Dog Show (1935).

GARDNER, DIANA (1913 - 1997)
1940s – 1950s
Painter, illustrator, and author of one story collection, Halfway Down the Cliff (1946) and one novel, The Indian Woman (1954). In 2006, Persephone published a new collection of her stories called A Woman Novelist.

Garland, Lisette
          see BRADLEY, NORAH MARY

GARNETT, EVE [CYNTHIA RUTH] (9 Jan 1900 – 5 Apr 1991)
1930s – 1970s
Illustrator and author of children's fiction, best known for the classic The Family from One End Street (1937), written to highlight issues of poverty and class division, and its sequel, Further Adventures of the Family from One End Street (1956). Is It Well with the Child? (1938) was a non-fiction work illustrating some of the same difficulties facing children. Her other children's titles are In and Out and Roundabout (1948), Holiday at the Dew Drop Inn (1962), To Greenland's Icy Mountains: The Story of Hans Egede, Explorer, Coloniser, Missionary (1968), and Lost and Found (1974). Her memoir is First Affections: Some Autobiographical Chapters of Early Childhood (1982).

GARNETT, OLIVE (OLIVIA) [RAINE] (1871 – 17 Mar 1958)
1900s – 1910s
Sister of publisher Edward Garnett, sister-in-law of Russian language translator Constance Garnett and author Mrs. R. S. GARNETT, and aunt of novelist David Garnett. She published a story collection, Petersburg Tales (1900), and a novel, In Russia's Night (1918), which reflect her interest in revolutionary Russia. She had been in love with Sergey Stepnyak-Kravchinsky, a Ukrainian revolutionary living in London (who also inspired Ethel VOYNICH), and was devastated by his death in 1894. Two volumes of her 1890s diaries have been published as Tea and Anarchy! (1989) and Olive and Stepniak (1993).

GARNETT, MRS. R. S. (3 Dec 1869 – 8 Aug 1946)
(pseudonym of Martha Garnett, née Roscoe)
1900s – 1910s, 1930s
Sister-in-law of translater Constance Garnett and author Olive GARNETT and aunt of novelist David Garnett. Author of three novels—The Infamous John Friend (1909), a spy story set during the Napoleonic period, Amor Vincit: A Romance of the Staffordshire Moorlands (1912), and Unrecorded: A Tale of the Days of Chivalry (1931). She also published a biography, Samuel Butler and His Family Relations (1926).

GARNETT, RAY (RACHEL) [ALICE] (1891 – 24 Mar 1940)
(née Marshall)
1910s
Sister of diarist Frances Partridge, first wife of novelist and publisher David Garnett, and illustrator of Garnett's Lady Into Fox. She also published a single children's book, A Ride on a Rocking-Horse (1917), which was lavishly praised by Saturday Review when it was reprinted in 1926.

GARRARD, DOROTHY M[????]. (dates unknown)
1920s
Untraced author of two romantic novels, Before the Dawn (1922) and A Woman's Will (1923).

GARRATT, EVELYN R[OSALIE]. (1854 – 4 Feb 1938)
1870s – 1930s
Author of around 20 volumes of fiction for children and adults. Irene's Lame Dogs (1916) is partly a school story. Others include Lottie's Silver Burden (1879), Tied and Bound, or, The Story of Nan (1887), The Old Square Pew (1904), The Radiant City (1911), Betty of Rushmore (1916), Meg of the Heather (1920), Luke's Wife (1926), If Thou Wert Blind (1927), and Ask Rachel (1937).

GARRY, GEORGINA (26 Mar 1872 – 2 Sept 1947)
(pseudonym of Ethel Druce, née Brickell/Buckell/Buckle [records show multiple spellings], stage name Frances Dillon)
1920s – 1930s
Actress and author of three novels—Pigsties with Spires (1928), Lanes Lead to Cities (1929), and The Gilt Sugar-Bowl (1932)—which received cautious acclaim at the time but sound a bit on the melodramatic side. She appears to have been Val Gielgud's mother-in-law.

GARTH, LESLEY (dates unknown)
1920s
Untraced author of a single book, Sixteen or So (1923), comprised of several school-related stories which Sim and Clare describe as "semi-adult in tone and outlook."

Gascoigne, Marguerite
          see GILBERT, ANNA

GASKELL, JANE (7 Jul 1941 -          )
1950s – 1970s
Fantasy writer best known for Strange Evil (1957), written when she was only 14, which deals with a war between fairies. China Miéville listed it as one of her top 10 examples of "weird fiction." Her later Atlan series, beginning with The Serpent (1963), deals with residents of Atlantis fleeing to Egypt. Other titles include King's Daughter (1958), All Neat in Black Stockings (1968), and Summer Coming (1972).

GAVIN, CATHERINE [IRVINE] (13 May 1907 – 27 Dec 1999)
(married name Ashcraft)
1930s – 1990s
Author of 20 historical novels as well as several historical and biographical works. Gavin is best known for her trilogy set in World War II—Traitors' Gate (1976), None Dare Call It Treason (1978), and How Sleep the Brave (1980). Others include Clyde Valley (1938), The Hostile Shore (1940), her "Second Empire Quartet"—comprised of Madeleine (1957), The Cactus and the Crown (1962), The Fortress (1964), and The Moon into Blood (1966)—The House of War (1970), The Sunset Dream (1983), and The French Fortune (1991).

Gaye, Carol
          see SHANN, RENÉE

GAYE, PHOEBE FENWICK (1905 – 3 Jul 2001)
(married name Pickard)
1920s – 1950s
Poet, garden writer, biographer of John Gay (1938), and author of seven novels, mostly historical in setting, including Vivandiere! (1929), set during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, Good Sir John (1930), a novel about Falstaff, and The French Prisoner (1944), set in England during the Napoleonic Wars. Others are New Heaven New Earth (1932), Louisa Vandervoord (1946), On a Darkling Plain (1950), and Treen and Wild Horses (1958).

GAYTON, CATHERINE (?1908 - ????)
(?pseudonym of Betty Abenheim? [tentative identification])
1940s – 1950s
Author of five works of fiction. Gayton seems to have specialized in romantic comedies set in the Victorian period, such as Those Sinning Girls: Four Victorian Adventures (1940), That Merry Affair (1945), Young Person (1947) and Poor Papa (1953), though Adeliza (1952) is set earlier, in the 1830s. John Herrington found that the address given by her in the 1948 Authors and Writers Who's Who belonged to a Richard Abenheim and his daughter Betty, born London 1908. She could conceivably have been a guest of the Abenheims, but it seems unlikely she would have used a friend's address for such a purpose. Thus, she is probably but not certainly Betty Abenheim (who disappears from public records after traveling to the U.S. in 1956). I wrote about Those Sinning Girls here.

George, Eliot
          see FREEMAN, GILLIAN

GEORGE, KATHLEEN (1892 – 31 Jul 1960)
(née Geipel)
1920s
Author of two novels—Purity (1926) and Put Asunder (1928)—about which no details are available.

GERARD, D[OROTHEA]. [MARY STANISLAUS] (9 Aug 1855 – 29 Sept 1915)
(married name Longard de Longgarde, aka E. D. Gerard)
1880s – 1910s
Sister of novelist Emily Gerard (1849–1905), with whom she collaborated on several early novels, including Beggar My Neighbour (1882), The Waters of Hercules (1885), and A Sensitive Plant (1891). She also published more than 30 books on her own, mostly romantic in theme but occasionally flirting with controversy. Titles include A Queen of Curds and Cream (1892), The Rich Miss Riddell (1894), One Year (1899), Holy Matrimony (1902), The Inevitable Marriage (1911), Exotic Martha (1912), and The Waters of Lethe (1914).

GERARD, [AMELIA] LOUISE (22 Mar 1878 – 5 Nov 1970)
1910s – 1930s
Author of nearly two dozen exotic "bodice-rippers" for Mills & Boon, which apparently regularly heroines falling in love with their abductors and/or rapists. Several of her works are set in a lurid version of West Africa. Titles include The Golden Centipede (1910), A Tropical Tangle (1911), Flower-of-the-Moon (1914), The Virgin’s Treasure (1915), The Mystery of ‘Golden Lotus’ (1919), Necklace of Tears (1922), The Harbour of Desire (1927), The Fruit of Eden (1927), The Dancing Boy (1928), Strange Paths (1934), and Following Footsteps (1936).

GERSTEIN, ANNA (3 Apr 1888 – 2 Feb 1955)
(pseudonym of Nellie Margaret Ogilvy Romilly, née Hozier)
1930s
Sister of Clementine Churchill and author of a single novel, Misdeal (1932). Her son Esmond married Jessica Mitford, and another son, Giles, was a critic and novelist. Mitford reportedly read a portion of Misdeal and called it "ghastly."

Gervaise, Mary
          see BROWN, JOAN MARY WAYNE

GIBBERD, KATHLEEN (5 May 1897 – 25 Apr 1992)
1920s
Journalist, travel writer, and author of education-related non-fiction. She began her career with a single novel, Vain Adventure (1927), largely set at Oxford, which was reviewed here.

GIBBON, M[URIEL]. MORGAN (1887 – 14 Jan 1975)
1920s – 1930s
Author of 10 novels about which little information is available. Titles are Jan (1920), Helen Marsden (1921), The Pharisees (1921), The Way of the World (1922), John Peregrine's Wife (1924), And Others Came (1928), Justin Keyes (1929), The Albatross (1930), No. 7 Paradise (1934), and Curious Fool (1939).

Gibbons, Margaret
          see MACGILL, MARGARET

GIBBONS, STELLA [DOROTHEA] (5 Jan 1902 – 19 Dec 1989)
(married name Webb)
1930s – 1970s
Author of more than two dozen novels, as well as several volumes of stories, poetry and a single children's book. Best known for her classic debut, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), which mocked the rural melodramas of authors such as Mary Webb and Sheila Kaye-Smith and made Gibbons a household name. She returned, less successfully, to this setting in “Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm” (1940), a short story, and Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1949). Gibbons enjoyed the ongoing profits from her first novel, but regretted that it overshadowed her later work. Her WWII-related novels have received increased attention in recent years. The Rich House (1941), set on the cusp of the war, follows several young, mismatched couples and a distinctly odd anonymous letter-writer. Westwood (1946) makes powerful use of the bombed out buildings and the general air of fatigue in London circa 1943-1944. And in The Matchmaker (1949), set just after the war's end, the heroine, evacuated with her children to a country cottage, awaits the return of her husband who is serving in Germany. Other prominent novels include Enbury Heath (1935), Nightingale Wood (1938), and Here Be Dragons (1956). Although Vintage has reprinted several of Gibbons's less familiar works in the U.K., many of her late works, in which she explores issues of middle and old age, remain out of print, including A Pink Front Door (1959), The Snow Woman (1968), and The Woods in Winter (1970).  Although she stopped publishing after 1970, she wrote two more novels, The Yellow Houses (completed around 1973) and An Alpha (completed around 1980), which were only finally published in 2016 (the latter under the title Pure Juliet). About the weekly "at homes" Gibbons hosted in later years, ODNB notes: "She was known to expel guests from these tea parties if they were shrill, dramatic, or wrote tragic novels." I've written about Gibbons several times—see here.

Gibbs, Mary Ann
          see BIDWELL, MARJORIE [ELIZABETH SARAH]

GIBERNE, AGNES (19 Nov 1845 – 20 Aug 1939)
1860s – 1920s
Author of scientific textbooks and evangelistic fiction spanning six decades. Titles include Mabel and Cora (1865), Beechenhurst (1867), Coulyng Castle (1875), Decima's Promise (1882), Miss Con (1887), Miles Murchison (1894), Profit and Loss (1909), Val and His Friends (1911), and The Doings of Doris (1914).  

GIBSON, L[ETTICE]. S[USAN]. (1859 - ????)
1900s – 1910s
Author of four novels, The Freemasons (1905), Burnt Spices (1906), Ships of Desire (1908), and The Oakum Pickers (1912). According to OCEF, Burnt Spices deals with a vengeful ghost.

GILBERT, ANNA (1 May 1916 – 24 Sept 2004)
(pseudonym of Marguerite Jackson Lazarus, née Jackson, aka Marguerite Gascoigne, aka Marguerite Lazarus)
1950s, 1970s – 2000s
Grammar schoool English teacher and author (as Marguerite Gascoigne) of the children's title The Song of the Gipsy (1953). She appears not to have published anything else until Images of Rose (1974), published as Marguerite Lazarus. The following year, she published the first of a dozen romance novels under the Gilbert pseudonym, beginning with The Look of Innocence (1975) and continuing to A Morning in Eden (2001).

Gilbert, Anthony
          see MALLESON, LUCY BEATRICE

GILBERT, JANE (dates unknown)
1940s
Untraced author of two adult novels—Man Is For Woman Made (1940) and Take My Youth (1941)—and one children's title, Imps and Angels (1946). The last was apparently published in the U.S. and not published in the U.K. until 1958.

GILBERT, ROSA (1841 – 21 Apr 1921)
(née Mulholland, aka Ruth Murray)
1860s – 1910s
Sister of Clara MULHOLLAND. Prolific and apparently popular (judging from the multiple editions and reprints of many of her books) novelist whose work centered on rural Irish Catholic life and features strong female characters. Cynthia's Bonnet Shop (1900) is about two sisters who open a shop in London, while A Girl's Ideal (1905) has a wealthy American trying to benefit Ireland with her fortune. Among her other titles are Dunmara (1864, as Ruth Murray), Hetty Gray, or, Nobody's Bairn (1883), The Late Miss Hollingford (1886), Terry, or, She Ought to Have Been a Boy (1900), The Tragedy of Chris (1903), The Squire's Granddaughters (1903), Our Sister Maisie (1906), The Return of Mary O'Murrough (1910), The O'Shaughnessy Girls (1911), Fair Noreen (1912), and O'Loghlin of Clare (1916).

GILL, ELIZABETH [JOYCE] (2 Nov 1901 – 18 Jun 1934)
(née Copping, earlier married name Codrington)
1920s – 1930s
Author of three well-received mystery novels before her tragic death at the age of 32. Titles are Strange Holiday (1929, aka The Crime Coast), What Dread Hand? (1932), and Crime de Luxe (1933). All three have now been reprinted by Dean Street Press.

GILLESPIE, JANE (1923-      )
(pseudonym of Jane Shaw)
1950s – 1990s
Not to be confused with girls' author Jane SHAW. Author of forty volumes of fiction, some at least apparently romantic in nature. Titles include The Weir (1953), Nightingales Awake (1954), Miss Fraser (1957), The Long Meadow (1959), Mischief in August (1960), A Fresh Start (1965), Regard for Truth (1967), A Breathing Space (1969), The Death of a Secret (1970), A Tiresome Woman (1972), Latter-Day Dora (1976), Teverton Hall (1984), Brightsea (1987), and Aunt Celia (1991).

GILLMAN, OLGA [MARJORIE] (11 Feb 1894 - 1987)
1940s – 1960s
Author of more than two dozen Mills & Boon romances, including Moonshine in Your Heart (1947), The Hills Are Silent (1952), Following the Sun (1954), Leaf Cottage (1956), The Spell of Dunkyre (1957), The Golden Harbour (1958), Whispering Woods (1960), The Island Doctor (1964), and A Time for Silence (1967).

GILMOUR, AMY [MAGDALENE] (1872 – 29 Oct 1956)
(née Carr)
1930s
Author of one novel, The Lure of Islam (1933), a romance in which an English earl's son seems, from its description, to be lured by drugs and a beautiful Moroccan woman more than by Islam. In one source she is described as a "successful author," which makes one wonder if she published under other names as well or if this was merely hype.

Gilmour, Patience
          see CHRISTIAN, CATHERINE MARY

GIROUARD, BLANCHE [MAUD] (13 Oct 1898 – 29 Sept 1940)
(née de la Poer)
1920s – 1930s
Irish author of one novel, The Story of Keth (1928), about "mythical Ireland," and one story collection, The World Is for the Young and Other Stories (1935), about which Saturday Review noted admirable variety but also said, "Still, with all this variety, something is wanting in the book. It is like listening for an Irish jig and hearing 'Pomp and Circumstance.'"

GIRVIN, [GERTRUDE ANNETTE] BRENDA (28 Jul 1884 – 7 Jun 1970)
1900s – 1930s
Playwright and author of nearly three dozen children's titles, including eight school-related tales—The Lower Fourth (1910), The Mysterious Twins (1910), The Little Heroine (1912), The Schoolgirl Author (1920), Kathleen's Adventure (1922), Joan, a High-School Girl (1924), Schoolgirls (1926), and Schooldays (1930). Munition Mary (1918) is about the adventures of a teenage girl in a wartime munitions factory. Other titles include Cackling Geese (1909), Mister Piccolo: The Story of a Gipsy Boy (1911), Queer Cousin Claude (1912), The Tapestry Adventure (1925), and Five Cousins (1930).

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