Friday, May 31, 2013

The Hopeless Wish List (Updated)

[It was high time I updated this post, and in fact it's high time I do a brand new one, with several newly-discovered but utterly hopeless titles.  In the meantime, I've made some updates below.]

A melancholy list of my most lusted after but elusive titles:


MOLLY CLAVERING
any novel besides Mrs. Lorimer's Family

Molly Clavering, a friend and neighbor of D. E. Stevenson, published at least a dozen novels of her own, but only one, Mrs. Lorimer's Family (1953), seems to have achieved enough popularity (and reprints) to remain available today.  It's charming and funny and deserves to be on the same shelf as Stevenson herself, but sightings of any of Clavering's other novels anywhere outside the British Library are as few and far between as really good Nicole Kidman movies…


FRANCES FAVIELL
A Chelsea Concerto (1959)

[Happily, this one is no longer hopeless, though certainly still difficult to find.  It's worth tracking down thoughsee my review here.]

Historian Virginia Nicholson's letter to the Telegraph recommending this book as "an unusually well-written and insightful memoir of the London Blitz" moved it right to the top of my "to read" list, but efforts have been hampered by its complete absence from U.S. libraries and the dearth of affordable copies online.  For now, it remains a lovely mirage on the horizon…


RUBY FERGUSON
the early mysteries

[I did buy a copy of the Valancourt reprint of He Arrived at Dusk, and was very pleased with the quality of the reprint. Valancourt does excellent work.  Sadly, though, I couldn't quite engage with the book and have concluded that Ferguson's other mysteries may just not be for me. Perhaps sometimes the hopelessness of a book is more tantalizing than the book itself?]

Admittedly, I've found Ferguson to be uneven in her novels—she wrote two of my all-time favorites, Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary (1937) and Apricot Sky (1952), but also the considerably less exciting Our Dreaming Done (1946), For Every Favour (1956), and The Wakeful Guest (1962).  But I've also read two of the early mysteries she published under the pseudonym R. C. Ashby—Death on Tiptoe (1931), which was (briefly) in print from Greyladies a couple of years ago, and Out Went the Taper (1934), a badly weathered copy of which I stumbled across on Amazon—and they were consistently amusing and interesting.  I'd like to track down The Moorland Man (1926), Beauty Bewitched (1928), Plot Against a Widow (1932), or He Arrived at Dusk (1933), but so far it's an unfulfilled desire.  [Well, perhaps it’s not totally hopeless?  Practically as soon as I wrote this, I noticed on Amazon that a new edition of He Arrived at Dusk has just been published.  The publisher, Valancourt Books, seems to be relatively new and are offering some other interesting titles as well (but alas, very few by women writers).]



STELLA GIBBONS
the unpublished novels

Maybe it's just because they're so hopeless (never published at all does tend to trump out-of-print for sheer obscurity value), or maybe it's because Gibbons has gradually become one of my favorite writers since Vintage started reprinting some of her lesser known works a year or two ago.  Either way, the novels of Gibbons's older years, The Yellow Houses (finished about 1973) and An Alpha (finished about 1980) appear to combine elements of fantasy and spirituality and seem well worthy of publication.


NORAH HOULT
virtually everything except There Were No Windows


Along with Edith Olivier, Norah Hoult is the most completely and unjustly neglected of all the writers I've explored.  Persephone revived her wonderful World War II novel There Were No Windows (1944), but otherwise her novels are more or less totally unavailable for sale in the U.S.  Most of what I've managed to read has been through Interlibrary Loan from one library in Texas that (bless its little heart) has kept several of her titles on the shelf.  Novels like House Under Mars (1946), also set during the war, and A Death Occurred (1954) richly deserve to be in print and to receive critical attention.  Thoughts of what other great novels she may have written that are now virtually nonexistent haunt me in the middle of the night.  (Okay, not really, but it does make me really sad…)

Norah Hoult, whose books have vanished like Amelia Earhart
BETTY MILLER
A Room in Regent's Park (1942)
The Death of the Nightingale (1948)

Two of Miller's works, Farewell Leicester Square (1941), about anti-Semitism in London, and On the Side of the Angels (1945), about gender relations in wartime, have been reprinted—the former by Persephone, the latter by Capuchin (and by Virago in the 1980s)—and both are lovely and well worth reading.  Unfortunately, these two other novels published around the same time have not been so lucky and are out of circulation in U.S. libraries and virtually impossible to find for sale.


ELINOR MORDAUNT
The Family (1915)

[No longer hopeless—for better or worse.  I was able to find a copy via Interlibrary Loan.  But, alas, it did prove a disappointment.  I saw the significance of it in its portrayal of Victorian family life, but I admit I found it just too relentlessly bleak and earnest and moved on to other things...]

Mentioned in by Elaine Showalter in her book A Literature of Their Own in the context of a discussion of Ivy Compton-Burnett, this book has intrigued me ever since.  Alas, it remains scarce, and although many of Mordaunt's books are now available for free on Google Books or Project Gutenberg, this one is not.  They should really get with the program!


JOAN MORGAN
Ding Dong Dell (1943)

None of her novels are very readily available, but this wartime novel that deals with evacuees seems to have vanished from the face of the earth—or at least from U.S. libraries and booksellers. 


E. NESBIT
The Lark (1922)

[This one is still pretty close to hopeless, but I was finally, amazingly, able to snag a copy from a library in Canada, and a review will follow soon!]

Finding E. Nesbit's The Lark is no, er, lark
Most of Nesbit's books are so readily available they practically settle on you like dust wherever you happen to be—especially since most were published before 1923 and are therefore available from Google Books or Project Gutenberg.  So why, why, WHY is the novel that sounds most intriguing completely missing in action?  The Encyclopedia of World Biography describes The Lark as "a realistic depiction of two unmarried women struggling to maintain their financial independence by operating a boarding house."


EDITH OLIVIER
The Underground River (1929)

[No longer hopeless thanks to the kindness of Simon at Stuck-in-a-Book.  See my review here for details.]

As everyone reading this blog must know by now, Olivier is one of my favorite obscure writers, but although I've read virtually every other word she wrote, this children's book published in 1929 is just a ghostly apparition until my resistance to spending $80 for one book gets worn down.  So far that hasn't happened.


EDITH PARGETER
Ordinary People (aka People of My Own)

[No longer hopeless, and, alas, below is not at all an accurate description of the book!  I was able to find a reasonably-priced used copy, though I haven't yet gotten around to reading it, but I did discover that it is set pre-war, NOT during the Blitz.  Apologies for my misleading description below, which was based on a rather poorly-worded blurb in a short bio of Pargeter.  Still hard to believe the book hasn't been reprinted, in light of Pargeter's popularity overall, but it's at least easier to understand why the interest in home front lit hasn't triggered a reprint.]

This one is pretty inexplicable.  How did one Pargeter novel—and one about a family living through the Blitz in a small village, no less—get left off the list of Pargeter works to reprint in the 1980s and 1990s after Brother Cadfael became a sensation?  It's bizarre but true, and copies of both the British and American editions are prohibitively expensive when they're available at all.  Someday…



Virtually every book Edith Pargeter 
wrote is a dime a dozen--except one


NOEL STREATFEILD
the World War II novels

Although her children's fiction has remained perennially popular, and her largely disacknowledged "romance" novels under the pseudonym Susan Scarlett are almost entirely back in print thanks to Greyladies, only one of Streatfeild's non-romance novels for adults has been reprinted in recent years—Saplings (1945), reprinted by Persephone (bless their hearts).  Her other novels, particularly the wartime works The Winter Is Past (1940) and I Ordered a Table for Six (1942), are tantalizing in their apparently total unavailability.


WINIFRED WATSON
the early novels

Another odd oversight.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938) is Persephone's top selling reprint and a really wonderful, charming masterpiece of entertainment and inspiration, but her several other novels—Fell Top (1935), Odd Shoes (1936), Upyonder (1938), and Leave and Bequeath (1943)—remain extinct outside the preserves of the British Library.


A whole slew of other promising World War II novels

The proliferation of novels by women writers during World War II, combined with paper shortages and other wartime factors, inevitably resulted in a lot of perfectly fine novels becoming impossibly scarce way before their time.  These include: Hester Chapman's Long Division (1943), mentioned by Barbara Pym in her diaries of the time; The House Opposite (1943) by Barbara Noble, who also wrote the great Persephone find Doreen (1946); Ruth Adam's one and only mystery novel Murder in the Home Guard (1942); Marjorie Wilenski's Table Two (1942), which a contemporary review tells me follows the experiences of a group of elderly women translators in the early days of the Blitz; Tea and Hot Bombs (1943) by Lorna Lewis, also set during the Blitz; and Richmal Crompton's Mrs. Frensham Describes a Circle (1942), the plot of which apparently revolves around refugees.  These are all about as rarely spotted as an Abbott's Booby.


Richmal Crompton, author of the elusive Mrs. Frensham Describes a Circle

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Overwhelming List (CO-D)



 [For more information on this list, please see the intro to section "A-BL".]

If you wish, you can now download the entire Overwhelming List in a single PDF.  Clicking on the link below will open a Google Docs page displaying the entire list in PDF.  To save a copy of the PDF, just click on the little down arrow in the upper left.  You can also print the list from the Google Docs page, but be warned that it now weighs in at 330 pages!


[Current total: 1,894 writers]

RITA COATTS (1883-1955)
(full name Marguerite Harcourt Coatts, née Burrage)
From a family of boys' authors, Coatts wrote more than a dozen girls' school stories and 15 children's thrillers, including The Taming of Patricia (1934), Facing It Out (1937), Jane of Cherry Barn (1938), The Wrong School (1949), Room for One More (1950), and Breaking Bounds (1951).


JOYCE COBB (1890-1970)
(married name Gow)
After her first book of stories from Dickens adapted for children (1910), Cobb published a single novel, Jane and Herself (1922); Bookman praised its "delicate grace and understanding and humor," but alas, it seems that Cobb never published a follow-up.


ELLEN COBDEN (1848-1914)
(married name Sickert, aka Miles Amber)
Wife of painter Walter Sickert and sister of publisher T. Fisher Unwin, Cobden seems to have begun writing late in life; she apparently published only two novels, The Wistons (1902) and Sylvia Saxon: Episodes in a Life (1914).


JOAN COCKIN (1919-2014)
(pseudonym of Edith Joan Macintosh)
Trail-blazing diplomat, educational writer, and author of three well-received detective novels—Curiosity Killed the Cat (1947), Villainy at Vespers (1949), and Deadly Earnest (1952)—all featuring series character Inspector Cam.


MARY FRANCES CODD (1893-1970)
More research needed; author of four novels in the 1930s—Sisters' Children (1933), Nephew-in-Law (1934), Lover's Random (1935), and A Faery's Child (1936), about which I could find no details.


JOAN COGGIN (1898-1980)
(aka Joanna Lloyd)
Author of four humorous mysteries, including Who Killed the Curate? (1944), with the dizzy daughter of an earl for detective; and a series of six girls' school books, starting with Betty of Turner House (1935); the British Library also lists an early novel, And Why Not Knowing? (1929).


MARGARET COLE (1893-1980)
(née Allen, aka M. I. Cole)
Politician, education advocate, and author of numerous mystery novels with her husband G. D. H. Cole, including Poison in the Garden Suburb (1929), Mrs Warrender's Profession (1938), Counterpoint Murder (1940), and Toper's End (1942).


MARGARET A[LICE]. COLE (1890-1967)
(real name Alice Margaret Maria Cole)
Children's author and romantic novelist from the 1940s to late 1960s (her books were advertised on the back of a Molly Clavering novel); titles include Starlight and Love (1946), Thoroughbred: A Romance (1949), Passport to Paradise (1959), Love in Venice (1962), Romance in the Tyrol (1964), and Scottish Rhapsody (1966).


SOPHIE COLE (1862-1947)
Author of the first book Mills & Boon published, Arrows from the Dark (1909), Cole went on to become one of their bestselling authors; other works include Paying the Piper (1927), Secret Joy (1934), Cobbler's Corner (1935), Actor's Haven (1940), and Queer Neighbours (1946).


HELEN [EMMA] COLEBROOKE (1860-1916)
Author of two novels, including Winged Dreams (1908), about women's suffrage and apparently based on Colebrooke's own experiences, and Fetters of the Past (1914), which seems to also have feminist themes and which the Spectator called conventional but amusing.


ISABEL COLEGATE (1931-    )
(married name Briggs)
Best known for The Shooting Party (1981), an acclaimed novel set at an aristocratic weekend shooting party just before the outbreak of World War I, Colegate's other novels include The Blackmailer (1958), The Great Occasion (1962), and the Orlando trilogy (1968-1973).


Manning Coles
          see ADELAIDE FRANCES OKE MANNING


P[HOEBE]. CATHERINE COLES (1917-2003)
(aka Peter Fraser)
Author of numerous children's books which Sims & Clare describe as "evangelistic," including the school stories Wendy of Glendorran (1951), Penelope's Secret (1953), At the King's Command (1953), The Cardinals of Cobleigh Manor (1958), and several pseudonymous boys' school stories.


CLARE COLLAS (1885-1969)
(aka Clare Waters)
Author of four novels for children and girls—Four's Company: A Children's Fantasy (1942), The Flying Village: An Improbably Story (1943), The Blue-Coated Heron (1944), and A Penny for the Guy: A Real Story (1945).


MADELEINE COLLIER (?1897-?1965)
(married name Holloway)
Children’s author who published mainly for younger children, but several of her works, such as The Noddles, The Noddles Again, and Beryl's Wonderful Week (all 1944, according to BL), seem to be longer tales for older children.


JOYCE [YVONNE] COLLIN-SMITH (1919-2011)
(née Hartley, earlier married name Brooks)
Journalist and author of four novels of the 1950s—Locusts and Wild Honey (1953), The Scorpion on the Stone (1954), Jeremy Craven (1958), and A Wreath of Chains (1960); thereafter, she focused on spiritual pursuits and consciousness-raising, including studying with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his pre-Beatles days; one later title, Of Fire and Music (2005), may also be fiction.


BERTHA [COLIN] COLLINS (dates unknown)
Author of more than a dozen romantic novels 1923-1932, including The Deceptions of Sue (1923), The Girl in Mauve (1923), Lady Frivol (1924), Miss Go-Ahead (1925), An Heiress by Chance (1925), Too Clever Clara (1926), Odd Girl Out (1931), The Risk She Ran (1931), and The Charmer (1932).


MABEL COLLINS (1851-1927)
(married name Cook)
Novelist who actively published from the 1870s-1910s, perhaps best remembered for Outlawed: A Novel on the Woman Suffrage Question (1908); other works include The Prettiest Woman In Warsaw (1885), Builders (1910), Transparent Jewel (1913), and Crucible (1914).


Nana [Selina] Collinson
          see NINA ABBOTT


LOUISE [EDITH] COLLIS (1925-c2009)
Daughter of diplomat and author Maurice Collis; biographer, historian, and author of four novels published by Faber in the 1950s—Without a Voice (1951), about a troubled boy retreating into fantasy, A Year Passed (1952), After the Holiday (1954), and The Angels' Name (1955).


Doric Collyer
          see DOROTHY A[LICE]. HUNT


[EVELYN] JOYCE COLMER (1889-1955)
(née Elliott)
Author of a single girls' school story, Rosemary to the Rescue (1925), notable—according to Sims and Clare—primarily for its virulent anti-Semitism.


GERTRUDE COLMORE (1860-1926)
(pseudonym of Gertrude Renton, married names Dunn and Baillie-Weaver)
Poet, novelist, and early feminist; Colmore is best known for Suffragette Sally (1908, reprinted 1984 as The Suffragettes), while several later works passionately promoted her anti-vivisection views.


Cicely Colpitts
          see FRANCES WELLESLEY-SMITH


H[ELEN]. H[ESTER]. COLVILL (1854-1941)
(aka Katharine Wylde)
More research needed; author of nine novels from 1880 to 1928 about which I could find little information; these include The Stepping Stone (1905), Lady Julia's Emerald (1908), The Incubus (1910), and The Lily of Lombardy (1928).


MRS. KENNETH COMBE (1870-1933)
(pseudonym of Theodora Combe, née Williamson)
Author of six novels which seem to explore romantic and family relations with a bit of humor; her first, Cecilia Kirkham's Son (1909), is partly set in India; a review of her last, Dilemma (1923) refers to "her usual marked skill in realistic characterisation"; others are Seekers All (1910), Chief of the Staff (1914), The Upward Flight (1919), and In Full Payment (1920).


IVY COMPTON-BURNETT (1884-1969)
Author of eccentric and funny novels about the dark side of Victorian family life, related mainly in dialogue; A House and Its Head (1935) and Manservant and Maidservant (1947) are among her best; she disowned her first, more traditional and autobiographical novel, Dolores (1911).


BARBARA COMYNS (1907-1992)
(pseudonym of Barbara Comyns Carr, née Bayley, first married name Pemberton)
Novelist known for her brilliant black comedies of childhood and youth, including Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead (1955), a hilariously morbid story of childhood in an unhinged English village, Our Spoons Came from Woolworth's (1950), and The Vet's Daughter (1959).


Elizabeth Connor
          see UNA TROY


JOAN CONQUEST (1883-1941)
(married name Cooke, aka Mrs. Leonard Cooke, aka Sister Martin-Nicholson)
Author of romance novels set in exotic locales, many of which featured supernatural themes of curses, spirits, etc., including Desert Love (1920) and its sequel Hawk of Egypt (1922), Crumbling Walls (1927), and Harem Love (1930); she had earlier published a WWI memoir, My Experiences on Three Fronts (1916) under her Sister Martin-Nicholson pseudonym.


MABEL CONSTANDUROS (1880-1957)
(née Tilling)
Actress best known for voicing members of the Buggins family in radio broadcasts spanning 20 years, Constanduros was also an enormously prolific playwright and author of several novels, including Poison Flower (1937), A Nice Fire in the Drawing Room (1939), and On the Run (1943).


Murray Constantine
          see KATHARINE BURDEKIN


Celine Conway
          see LILLIAN WARREN


Laura Conway
          see DOROTHY PHOEBE ANSLE


DOROTHEA CONYERS (1869-1949)
(née Blood-Smyth, later married name White)
Author of several dozen light romantic novels, often featuring Irish sporting themes; titles include Lady Elverton's Emeralds (1909), The Financing of Fiona (1916), Uncle Pierce's Legacy (1920), Bobbie (1928), and Gulls at Rossnacorey (1939).


Mrs. Leonard Cooke
          see JOAN CONQUEST


SHIRLEY COOKE (1903-1991)
(pseudonym of Constance Irene Poppy Bacon, married names Richard and Sartoris)
Author of three adult novels about which details are scarce—Grape Fruit (1927), Mottled Marble (1928), and The Sedgwicks (1929)—and one additional title, Woolly Bear (1934), which appears to be for small children.


CATHERINE COOKSON (1906-1998)
(née Davies, aka Catherine Marchant)
The bestselling author in England for many years, Cookson published dozens of historical novels, including The Fifteen Streets (1952), The Menagerie (1958), The Glass Virgin (1970), and The Harrogate Secret (1988); in the 1990s, many of her books were adapted for British TV.


AGNES ROSEMARY COOPER (1911-1989)
(married name Gould, aka Ramsay Bell [with Mary Weller])
Co-author, with Mary Weller, of four pseudonymous novels—Dragon Under Ground (1937), To Joanna (1938), Dangerous Promise (1939), and The Lake of Ghosts (1940)—about which I could locate no details.


DIANA COOPER (1892-1986)
(née Manners)
Wife of Duff Cooper; society hostess, actress, and memoirist, whose three volumes of memoirs—The Rainbow Comes and Goes (1958),The Light of Common Day (1959), and Trumpets from the Steep (1960)—are significant for their view of British upper crust life in both war and peace.


LETTICE [ULPHA] COOPER (1897-1994)
Prolific novelist, biographer, and children's author from the 1920s-1980s; novels include The Lighted Room (1925), The New House (1936), a poignant novel about a family moving house, reprinted by Persephone, and National Provincial (1938), a South Riding-esque bestseller about Leeds.


DOROTHEA MARY CORBOULD (1849-1928)
(real name apparently Dorathea)
Children's author and novelist whose works appeared very sporadically—three apparent novels, Loyal Hearts (1883), When Love Speaks (1909), and From Dark to Dawn (1928), and one children's title, The Complete Tale of Humpty Dumpty (1914); the adult fiction may be Christian-themed romance.


MRS. GEORGE CORBETT (1846-1930)
(pseudonym of Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett)
More research needed; novelist and crime writer, many of whose works appeared in periodicals and have not been fully documented; known works include the utopic New Amazonia: A Foretaste of the Future (1890), The Marriage Market (1905), and An Unwilling Husband (1922).


KATE MARION CORDEUX (c1862-1962)
(aka Daniel Dormer)
More research needed; author of three early pseudonymous novels, including Out of the Mists (1886) and The Mesmerist's Secret (1888), and three later works under her own name—The King's Tryst (1920), The Romance of Mary the Blessed (1927), and A Garland for Ashes (1930).


MARIE CORELLI (1855-1924)
(pseudonym of Mary Mackay)
Massively successful popular novelist whose bestsellers often featured mystical or religious themes, including Barabbas: A Dream of the World's Tragedy (1893), a fictionalized version of the crucifixion, and The Sorrows of Satan (1895); she continued publishing until shortly before her death.


HELEN CORKE (1882-1978)
Biographer, historian, and memoirist, known for her diary of a tragic love affair, which inspired D. H. Lawrence's The Trespasser; author of one novel, Neutral Ground (1933), as well as memoirs of Lawrence and his lover Jessie Chambers.


DOROTHY HELEN CORNISH (1894-1995)
Author of a single novel, These Were the Brontës (1940), heavily advertised in the early days of the war, which focused on Charlotte's life but also "dwells fully and charmingly … upon life in the Haworth home."


HEATHER CORNISH (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, Dumps Takes Charge (1948).


THEODORA CORNISH (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, One Term: A Tale of Manor House School (1910). She may have been in the medical profession.


KAY CORNWALLIS (1888-1969)
(pseudonym of Irene Wallis, married name Jones)
Author of new novels of the 1930s—Jeopardy Incurred (1933) and Travel Stained (1934); the latter is about an English family relocating to Boston, and the nearly-disastrous flirtation of the young wife.


Caroline Cory
          see KATHLEEN FREEMAN


MONICA COSENS (1888-1973)
Playwright and children's author (mostly in collaboration with Brenda Girvin), probably best known today for her gung-ho World War I memoir, Lloyd George's Munition Girls (1916), which paints a humorous but significant portrait of one area of women's war experience.


MARCH COST (1897–1973)
(pseudonym of Margaret Mackie Morrison, aka Peggy Morrison)
Novelist known for A Man Called Luke (1933), about a physician who may be reincarnated; others include The Dark Star (1939) and The Hour Awaits (1952); under her real name, Morrison wrote lighter fare like Flying High (1943) and Wider Horizons (1952), about an air hostess who finds love.


CHRISTINA MCKAY COSTIE (1902-1967)
Scottish author of dialect tales; although she apparently published only one book, Benjie's Bodle, And Other Orkney Dialect Tales (1956), in her lifetime, two more collections appeared after her death, and she has recently received some critical attention.


CONSTANCE [ANNIE MARY] COTTERELL (1864-1947)
(née Smith)
Author of eight romantic novels spanning more than 40 years, including Strange Gods (1889), The Virgin and the Scales (1905), The Honest Trespass (1911), The Perpetual Choice (1915), and Chain the Unicorn (1933).


CATHERINE COTTON (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of what appear to be three novels—Experience (1922), The Polite Paupers (1929), and Water Into Wine (1930)—as well as a distressing-sounding text called Your Sacred Body (1933), published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.


GRACE COUCH (dates unknown)
Co-author, with Deirdre O'Brien, of a single girls' school story, New Girls at Lowmead (1945), and author of several books for younger children; Sims and Clare list her name as "Crouch," but this appears to be an error.


GWENDOLINE COURTNEY (1911-1996)
Author of more than a dozen novels for girls from the 1930s to 1950s, including school stories and adventures; works include Torley Grange (1935), The Grenville Garrison (1940), Sally's Family (1946), At School with the Stanhopes (1951), and The Wild Lorings at School (1954).


JANET ELIZABETH COURTNEY (1865-1954)
(née Hogarth)
Important memoirist, whose An Oxford Portrait Gallery (1931) details her experiences as one of the first women to attend Oxford; initially against women's suffrage, she later changed positions, and wrote about feminism in The Adventurous Thirties (1933) and The Women of My Time (1934).


JOAN A[LICE]. COWDROY (1884-1946)
Author of at least 20 mysteries from the 1920s to 1940s, including Brothers-In-Love (1922), The Inscrutable Secretary (1924), Watch Mr Moh! (1931), Murder Unsuspected (1936), Death Has No Tongue (1938), and Merry-Go-Round (1940).


FRANCES [GERTRUDE] COWEN (1901-1992)
(married name Munthe, aka Eleanor Hyde)
Author of children’s fiction from the 1920s to 1960s, such as The Milhurst Mystery (1933), Clover Cottage (1958), and The Secret of Grange Farm (1961); she then switched to historical romance and suspense, including Scented Danger (1966) and The Hounds of Carvello (1970).


DOROTHY COWLIN (1911-1962)
(married name Whalley)
Poet and novelist, known for her fiction influenced by Freud, including Penny to Spend (1941), Winter Solstice (1942), The Slow Train Home (1951), and Rowanberry Wine (1952), and for biographical novels about Gertrude Bell (see above), Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Cleopatra.


E[DITH]. E[LIZA]. COWPER (1859-1933)
(née Cadogan, married name Cooper)
Author of school stories, Guide stories, and other mystery and adventure tales ("in the Bessie Marchant tradition," according to Sims and Clare); titles include The Island of Rushes (1912), The Mystery Term (1923), The Holiday School (1927), and The Lodge in the Wood (1932).


LEWIS COX (1889-1983)
(pseudonym of Euphrasia Emeline Cox, née Lewis)
Prolific author of well over 100 Mills & Boon romances from the 1920s to 1970s; titles include King's Yellow (1925), Arab (1930), As Young as Spring-Time (1933), April Child (1937), Phantom Rival (1939), Radiant and Reckless (1945), Sandboy (1948), Venetian Fantasy (1956), A Pennyworth of Paradise (1961), The Elegant Web (1964), and Silver Cherries (1972).


ELIZABETH COXHEAD (1909-1979)
(full name Eileen Elizabeth Coxhead)
Novelist and biographer of the likes of Lady Gregory and Constance Spry; her fiction includes The Street of Shadows (1934), June in Skye (1938), A Wind in the West (1949), One Green Bottle (1951, discussed here), A Play Toward (1952), The House in the Heart (1959), and The Thankless Muse (1967).


Mrs. Sydney Coxon
          see MURIEL HINE


KATHLEEN COYLE (1886-1952)
(married name O'Meagher)
Irish novelist and memoirist who lived in the U.S. in later years; her memoirs A Flock of Birds (1930) and The Magical Realm (1943) were reprinted in the 1990s; her 13 novels include Piccadilly (1923), Liv (1928), The Skeleton (1933), Brittany Summer (1940), and Immortal Ease (1941).


FANNY CRADOCK (1909-1994)
(pseudonym of Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey, aka Frances Dale)
Theatrical television chef and cookbook author who also wrote numerous novels under her own name and as Frances Dale; titles include Scorpion's Suicide (1942), Women Must Wait (1944), O Daughter of Babylon (1947), and a popular series beginning with The Lormes of Castle Rising (1975).


M[ARIE]. SYLVIA CRAIK (1884-1955)
(née Robson)
More research needed; author of at least two novels of the 1930s—The Splendid Smile (1930) and Petronel's Island (1931)—but information about her is very sparse.


JANE CRANSTON (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, First-Term Rebel (1955).


Helen Craven
          see HELEN [EMILY] FORBES


ISABEL CRAWFORD (dates unknown)
Author of four more or less girls' school stories; Phoebe's First Term (1928) and Phoebe & Company (1931) focus on a single character, while Willowmeads (1932) and Lola's Exploration (1933) tell two separate stories set at a single school; Sims and Clare appreciated Crawford's humor.


Mary Crawford
          see MARY NICHOLSON


MAUDE [MORTON LERGH] CRAWFORD (1874-1956)
Author of more than 20 romantic novels 1920-1933 [and apparently one much earlier work, Meg (1899)?]; titles include The Fruit of Evil (1920), Kismet (1922), Butterfly Peg (1925), Nan the Faithful (1925), The Girl-Haunted Man (1926), The Man from the Past (1929), and Not a Fool (1933).


HELEN CRESSWELL (1934-2005)
Poet, television screenwriter, and prolific children's author; her first book, Sonya-by-the-Shore (1960) just qualified her for my list; other titles include The Piemakers (1967), three Carnegie Award runners-up, The Night Watchmen (1969), Up the Pier (1971), and The Bongleweed (1973), and two popular book series, Lizzie Dripping and The Bagthorpe Saga.


CLAIRE CREWE (dates unknown)
Author of a single romantic novel, The Circus Girl (1927).


Lucilla Crichton
          see LUCILLA ANDREWS


WINIFRED [IDA GERTRUY] CRISPE (1872-1955)
More research needed; author of three early novels of the 1900s—Snares (1904), Corry Thorndike (1908), and Golden Aphrodite (1909)—and one additional work, The Gospel of Elimination (1939), which could be a novel, but I haven't located any information about it.


RUTHERFORD CROCKETT (1888-1957)
(pseudonym of Ruth Mary Rutherford Crockett)
Daughter of Scottish novelist Samuel Rutherford Crockett and author of two novels of her own—A Gay Lover (1925), a humorous romance set partly in Scotland, and its sequel, Safety Last (1926).


B[ITHIA]. M[ARY]. CROKER (1849-1920)
(née Sheppard)
Novelist and story writer known for exploring the complexities of life in India, where she lived for many years, and for stories of ghosts and the supernatural, including To Let (1893) and Odds and Ends (1919).


ELIZABETH CROLY (1897-1953)
(pseudonym of Janet Muriel Begbie, married name Farwell)
Novelist and children's author whose works include The Street that Ran Away (1921), A Sailing We Will Go (1922), a play called Forbidden Revels (1925), Round About Monte Carlo (1925), and The Lure of the New Forest (1925).


Ruby Cromer
          see RUBY [FLORENCE MARY] BARING


Margaret Crompton
          see MARGARET [NORAH] MAIR


RICHMAL CROMPTON (1890-1969)
(pseudonym of Richmal Crompton Lamburn)
Best known for Just William (1922) and dozens of subsequent books about a schoolboy's adventures, Crompton also wrote novels for adults, including Family Roundabout (1948), reprinted by Persephone, and Leadon Hill (1927) and Matty and the Dearingroydes (1956), reprinted by Greyladies.


ANNE CRONE (1915-1972)
Author of three novels, the most acclaimed of which—Bridie Steen (1948)—is a tragedy centering on an Irish heroine caught between non-Irish Protestants on one side of her family and Irish Catholics on the other; her other novels are This Pleasant Lea (1951) and My Heart and I (1955).


MARY CROSBIE (1876-1958)
(pseudonym of Muriel Maud D'Oyley)
Author of six novels from the 1900s to 1920s, including the intriguing There and Back Again (1927), about a mother returning to her husband and children after abandoning them years before; others include Kinsmen's Clay (1910), Escapade (1917), and The Old Road (1929).


BRENDA CROSS (1919-2013)
(née Stenning, later married name Colloms, aka B. Cross, aka Brenda Hughes)
Journalist, film critic for Picturegoer magazine, and author of two school stories featuring a movie star's daughter, which Sims and Clare found reminiscent of Nancy Breary—Barbara's Worst Term (1950) and Barbara in the Lower Fifth (1953). She also published The Film Hamlet: A Record of Its Production (1948).


MARGARET [BESSIE] CROSS (1867-1950)
Playwright and author of at least 10 novels from the 1890s-1910s, possibly light romantic tales, including Thyme and Rue (1890), Stolen Honey (1892), Blind Bats (1897), Love and Olivia (1899), Richard's Affair (1904), A Question of Means (1909), Opportunity (1910), and Up to Perrin's (1912).


VICTORIA CROSS (1868-1952)
(pseudonym of Annie Sophie Cory)
Writer of romantic fiction, including the New Woman novel The Woman Who Didn't (1895), Anna Lombard (1901), which was compared (surprisingly) to Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Six Women (1906), the torrid romance Five Nights (1908), and A Husband's Holiday (1932).


CATHERINE CROY (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of two novels in the 1930s, In Silks She Goes (1933) and The Hungry Locusts (1934), which focus on a woman and her illegitimate son—the first set around the turn of the century and the second taking up the story just after World War I.


GUY CULLINGFORD (1907-2000)
(pseudonym of Alice Constance Lindsay Taylor, née Dowdy)
Author of about a dozen mystery novels, all but the first, Murder with Relish (1948), under her pseudonym; others include If Wishes were Hearses (1952), Conjurer's Coffin (1954), Framed for Hanging (1959), Third Party Risk (1962), Brink of Disaster (1964), The Bread and Butter Miss (1979), and Bother at the Barbican (1991).


PRIMROSE CUMMING (1915-2004)
Children's author best known for her horse books including Silver Snaffles (1937, reprinted by Fidra), Four Rode Home (1951), and No Place For Ponies (1954); Owls Castle Farm (1942) was in part based on her experiences as a Land Girl in World War II.


GERALDINE CUMMINS (1890-1969)
Irish novelist, playwright, suffragist, and psychic medium; author of two plays for the Abbey Theatre, two novels with feminist themes—The Land They Loved (1919) and Fires of Beltane (1936)—a collection of stories called Variety Show (1959), and a memoir, Unseen Adventures (1951).


Ray Cunningham
          see FRANCES BROWNE ARTHUR


DOROTHY CUNYNGHAME (1892-1944)
(full name Helen Dorothy Cunynghame, née Taylor)
Author of six novels in the 1930s—The Uttermost Gift (1932), a psychological drama, Summer's Lease (1932), The Jade Lotus (1933), a romance set in Malaya, Dark Background (1934), Half a House (1935), and So Much for Charity (1937).


ALICE CURTAYNE (1901-1981)
(married name Rynne)
The author of numerous writings about Catholic saints, particularly those associated with her native Ireland, as well as some on Irish culture more generally, Curtayne also published a single novel, House of Cards (1940).


Philip Curtin
          see MARIE BELLOC LOWNDES


MARGUERITE [HARDING] CURTIS (1882-????)
(married name Felgar)
Author of five novels which tended to mix religion and the supernatural, including The Bias (1908), Marcia: A Transcript from Life (1909), Oh! for an Angel (1911), The Dream Triumphant (1912), and The Dividing-Line (1913); she emigrated to the U.S., where she published two more novels, Debby’s Year (1922) and Billie-Belinda (1923).


MONICA MARY CURTIS (1892-1956)
Journalist, translator, and author of a single novel, Landslide (1934), described by SF Encyclopedia as "an Alternate History tale set in a Europe subtly transformed by a second Great War in the twentieth century"; in World War II, Curtis published Norway and the War (1941).


Peter Curtis
          see NORAH LOFTS


MARGARET ANN CURTOIS (1855-1932)
Author of about fifteen novels 1883-1926, of which the Times said "they present living and convincing characters, without any taint of the desire to exploit intellectual fads or foibles." Titles include My Best Pupil (1883), Tracked (1888), Jenny: A Village Idyl (1890), The Romance of a Country (1893), A Summer in Cornwall (1913), Nightshade (1921), and In Minden Town (1926).


CELIA DALE (1912-2011)
(married name Ramsey)
A secretary to Rumer Godden early in her career, Dale became a successful crime novelist whose works include The Least Of These (1943), The Dry Land (1952), Trial of Strength (1955), A Helping Hand (1966), The Innocent Party (1973), and Sheep's Clothing (1988).


Frances Dale
          see FANNY CRADOCK


LUCY DALE (dates unknown)
Later a successful historian, Dale published two novels in collaboration with Gertrude Faulding (see below)—Time's Wallet (1913), an epistolary novel about two educated, politically-involved women, and Merely Players (1917), about a woman writer's troubled marriage.


MARGARET DALE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of only three novels—Limited Variety (1933), Maze (1934), and Serena (1935); could conceivably be the same as Margaret J. Miller below, whose married name was Dale, but the latter married only in 1938, well after these novels appeared under that name.


ANNE DALY (1896-????)
Sister of novelist Margaret Hassett and author of one children's book, Green Eyes: A Faraway Tale (1943), and two plays produced at the Abbey Theatre—The Window on the Square (1951), covering 25 years of rural life, and Leave It to the Doctor (1959), about a match-making physician.


MAY DALTON (dates unknown)
Author of 14 romantic novels 1922-1934, of which 9 appeared in 1922-23; titles include Her Husband's Secret (1922), The Enchanting Rebel (1922), A Fascinating Fraud (1922), Her Cave Man (1923), Love's Hide-and-Seek (1923), Her Money Against Her (1929), His Mad Moment (1933), and A Fascinating Firebrand (1934).


CELIA DAMON (dates unknown)
(aka Marjory Damon, in collaboration with Constance Miles [aka Marjory Royce])
Author, in collaboration with Constance Miles, of a single girls' school story, The Slow Girl at St Jane's (1929), published as by "Marjory Damon." Damon also published a handful of books for younger children.


Marjory Damon
          see CELIA DAMON and CONSTANCE MILES


IRIS DANBURY (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of Irish Leigh)
Author of 30+ romantic novels for Mills & Boon 1950s to 1970s, including The Gentle Invader (1957), My Heart a Traitor (1958), The Rose-Walled Castle (1959), The Silent Nightingale (1961), Store de Luxe (1963), Bonfire in the Dusk (1965), Doctor at Drumlochan (1966), Isle of Pomegranates (1969), Jacaranda Island (1972), and The Windmill of Kalakos (1976).


Frank Danby
          see JULIA FRANKAU


CLEMENCE DANE (1888-1965)
Playwright, mystery writer and novelist known for A Bill of Divorcement (1921), a successful play about changing divorce laws, Regiment of Woman (1917), a controversial novel about lesbianism in a girls' school, and Broome Stages (1931), about several generations of a theatre family.


BARONESS ALBERT D'ANETHAN (1858-1935)
(pseudonym of Eleanora Mary d'Anethan, née Haggard)
Sister of H. Rider Haggard and author of several novels of her own, some of which made use of her time living in Japan with her diplomat husband, including Two Women (1909) and The Twin-Soul of O'Take San (1914).


WINIFRED DARCH (1884-1960)
Children's author known for her girls' school stories of the 1920s and 1930s, including Jean of the Fifth (1923), Poppies and Prefects (1923), Cicely Bassett, Patrol Leader (1927), The Fifth Form Rivals (1930), Margaret Plays the Game (1931), and The School on the Cliff (1933).


CYNTHIA DARE (dates unknown)
Author of a dozen or so short romances for J. Leng; titles include Pam the Pretender (1922), The Wrong Girl (1923), Her Glorious Idea (1924), Sally the Upstart (1925), His Pretty Neighbour (1925), A Perfect Torment (1925), Captivating Peggy (1925), Priceless Peg (1926), All a Game (1932), Judy Warrender (1932), The Trickster (1937), and Clipped Wings (1939).


Evelyn Dare
          see EVELYN EVERETT-GREEN


Simon Dare
          see MARJORIE HUXTABLE


Jane Darnley
          see KATHLEEN LINDSAY


EDITH DART (1871-1924)
Poet and author of five novels; Likeness (1911), about a typist who is the twin of a millionairess and impersonates her at a ball, sounds almost farcical, but Sareel (1920), about a girl from a workhouse who becomes a servant on a farm on the moors, is surely a bit darker.


Jane Dashwood
          see OLIVE HESELTINE


R[OSAMUND]. M[ARGARET]. DASHWOOD (1924-2007)
(married name Truelove)
Daughter of E. M. Delafield and author of Provincial Daughter (1961), a humorous fictional diary following in the footsteps of her mother's much-loved Provincial Lady novels; in later years, she became a record-breaking masters athlete in Canada.


H[ELEN]. B[EATRICE]. DAVIDSON (1898-1998)
Author of numerous Guide and Brownie books of the 1920s and 1930s, including several school stories; titles include Pat of Whitehouse (1924), Peggy's School Pack (1925), The Ardice Fortune (1926), Peter Lawson, Camper (1931), Brenda in Belgium (1934), and Bunch, A Brownie (1940).


JOYCE DAVIES (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single short romance, The Heiress (1930).


Gordon Daviot
          see JOSEPHINE TEY


JOYCE DAVIS (dates unknown)
Another unidentified author of one romance for J. Leng, Molly Meets Her Match (1924).


MAY DAVISON (dates unknown)
So-far-untraceable author of four novels before and after WWII; titles are The Ivory Warrior (1938), Day In, Day Out (1939), Young Bill Peach (1946), and Barzie (1947); Young Bill Peach, at least, appears to deal with rural themes.


Sarah Davys
          see ROSEMARY [JOY] MANNING


GWENDOLINE L[ANYON]. DAWE (c1863-1936)
Author of one short J. Leng novel, The Way of the Transgressor (1920).


LOUISA ALICE DAWSON (1856-1926)
(married name Baker, seems to have gone by Louie, aka Alien)
Late Victorian/Edwardian author of more than a dozen novels 1893-1910, including A Daughter of the King (1894), In Golden Shackles (1896), Wheat in the Ear (1898), Over the Barriers (1903), A Slum Heroine (1904), The Perfect Union (1908), and A Double Blindness (1910).


C[ATHERINE]. A[MY]. DAWSON-SCOTT (1865-1934)
Poet, playwright, novelist, and founder of International PEN (and later its historian), Dawson-Scott also wrote rather dark feminist novels, the later of which were influenced by Dorothy Richardson; titles include The Agony Column (1909), Against the Grain (1919), and The Haunting (1921).


Rose D'Evelyn
          see ROSE BROEMEL


ANNA DE BARY (1869-1954)
(née Bunston)
Though primarily the author of Christian-themed verse (her Collected Poems appeared in 1947), De Bary also wrote at least two novels—By Olive and Fir (1921) and The House in Horton Hollow (1928); it’s difficult to tell whether Letters of a Schoolma'am (1913) is fiction or not.


MRS. PHILIP CHAMPION DE CRESPIGNY (1860-1935)
(pseudonym of Rose Key Champion de Crespigny, née Key)
Painter, mystery writer, and novelist; early novels like The Mischief of a Glove (1903) featured spunky girls in historical situations, but later work such as The Mark (1912) and The Dark Sea (1927) deal with supernatural and spiritualist themes, as does her memoir This World and Beyond (1934).


EDITH MARY DE FOUBERT (1873-1967)
A lesser-known author of girl's school novels, de Foubert published around ten of them in the 1920s and 1930s, including That Term at the Towers (1927), The Fourth Form Mystery (1930), For the Sake of Shirley (1935), The Vac at St. Verda's (1938), and Sally's Sporting Chance (1938).


JOAN DE FRAINE (1901-1988)
(married name Smith)
More research needed; author of three novels in the 1930s—Adventure for Three (1933), No Fuss (1934), and Eighty in the Shade (1935)—possibly for children?; she also wrote a one-act play, Saturday Sensation (1933), and an abridged edition of Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone for children (1971).


Elizabeth de Guise
          see ELIZABETH [MARY TERESA] HUNTER


THERESA DE KERPELY (1898-1993)
(aka Teresa Kay)
Novelist and memoirist whose dramatic life provided background for her novels; A Crown for Ashes (1952) and The Burning Jewel (1957) were published pseudonymously to protect family behind the Iron Curtain; her memoir, Of Love and Wars (1984), reveals the real-life drama; other novels are Kiss from Aphrodite (1968), Arabesque (1976), and Fugue (1977).


Mrs. Henry de la Pasture
          see ELIZABETH LYDIA ROSABELLE BONHAM


Kit Dealtry
          see KATHLEEN [CLARICE] GROOM


Mrs. Andrew Dean
          see MRS. ALFRED SIDGWICK


ANGELA DEAN (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single novel, Till the Corn Grows Brown (1942), about which I can find no information and which seems to exist only in major British libraries.


LYN DEAN (1909-1978)
(pseudonym of Winifred Selina Garrett, married name Lindop)
Apparently the author of only two novels, both published in 1937—Ask No Questions and The Rope Waits—which seem to be mysteries, but little information is available about them.


Peter Dean
          see PAMELA HINKSON


PRUDENCE DEAN (dates unknown)
Author of six romantic novels—Her White Sin (1920), A Foolish Choice (1924), His Luxury Bride (1929), Her Double Part (1929), The Fair Imposter (1933), and Haunted by the Past (1933).


LORNA DEANE (1909-1973)
(pseudonym of Lorna Hilda Kathleen Gibbs, married name Wilkinson)
More research needed; poet and author of three novels of the 1940s—The Solitary Reaper (1944), Strawberry Street (1946), and Portrait of a Man (1947), about which I've so far located no information.


MARY [BATHURST] DEANE (1844-1940)
Aunt of P. G. Wodehouse, and reportedly the inspiration for Bertie Wooster's Aunt Agatha; novelist and children's author whose final children's story, The Invisible Chain (1920), qualifies her for this list; some of her novels were historical, including The Rose-Spinner (1904), set in the Georgian period, and The Other Pawn (1907), set in mid-Victorian Bath.


SONIA DEANE (1904-1997)
(pseudonym of Gwendoline Amy Placeham, married name Soutar?)
Prolific romance novelist from the 1930s to at least the 1980s; early on, she often focused on divorce, and later switched to hospital romance; titles include Co-Respondent Unknown (1942), Divorce Anniversary (1944), Night Nurse (1960), and Heartache in Harley Street (1984).


Spencer Deane
          see GRACE PETTMAN


HILDA DANVERS DEARDEN (1892-1981)
(née Glasson)
Founder of a dance school in London and author of at least nine novels of the 1930s which appear to be adventure and spy stories, including "This Road Is Dangerous!" (1930), The Blonde Madonna (1933), Strange Rendezvous (1934), The Trappings Are Gorgeous (1937), and Dust in Her Eyes (1940).


ALICE DEASE (1874-1949)
(married name Chichester)
Novelist of Irish Catholic themes; works include Some Irish Stories (1912), The Lady of Mystery (1913), about a man buying back his ancestor's estate, Down West and Other Sketches of Irish Life (1914), and The Debt of Guy Arnolle (1919), after which she seems to have stopped publishing.


MARY H[ARRIETTE]. DEBENHAM (1864-1947)
Author of Christian-themed fiction, non-fiction, and plays for children and adults, including Household Troops, or, Small Service Is True Service (1893), The Waterloo Lass (1901), Stars in the Twilight (1910), The Court of the King: A Christmas Mystery (1919), and Setala and the Storm (1920).


ANN DEERING (1913-1957)
(pseudonym of Nancy Mary Collier)
Sister of Susan Taylor; author of around 20 MIlls & Boon romances from the 1930s to 1950s; titles include Handsome Stranger (1938), Never Goodbye (1940), Music for Magnolia (1947), Petals in the Wind (1948), Dearest of All (1950), Serenade to Columbine (1951), The Sky Changes (1952), and Villa in the Sun (1957).


Richard Dehan
          see CLOTILDE GRAVES


OLIVE DEHN (1914–2007)
(married name Markham)
Children's author who was also a passionate activist and pacifist and, along with her husband, a trailblazing organic farmer; her works include The Basement Bogle (1935), The Nixie From Rotterdam (1937), Higgly-piggly Farm (1957), and the Caretakers series (1960-1967).


E. M. DELAFIELD (1890-1943)
(pseudonym of Edmee Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, née de la Pasture)
Loved for her Provincial Lady novels (1931-1940), humorous fictionalized diaries making light of marriage, motherhood, and literary life, Delafield’s other novels include Consequences (1919, reprinted by Persephone), The Way Things Are (1927), and Thank Heaven Fasting (1932).


ANN DELAMAIN (dates unknown)
Author of romantic novels including All Our Dear Relations (1935), as well as intriguing later novels like The Best Butter (1948), about a bored widow who adopts two children and runs for political office, and My Bee Stings (1949), about a successful playwright facing the death of her husband.


Peter Delius
          see DOROTHY BLACK


ETHEL M[ARY]. DELL (1881-1939)
(married name Savage)
Prolific writer of romance novels with delicate women and he-man lovers, beginning with The Way of an Eagle (1912)—a bestseller later mocked by George Orwell—and continuing with The Lamp in the Desert (1919) and Storm Drift (1930).


NANCY DELVES (1905-1959)
(full name Annie Myfanwy Delves, married name Fitzhugh)
Author of six girls' school stories influenced by Angela Brazil, including The Fourth Form (1929), Well Played, Scotts! (1930), Fifth Form Rivals (1931), The Rebel of the Fifth (1933), Trouble in the Fourth (1934), and Thrills for the Lower Fifth (1935).


JOSEPHINE DELVES-BROUGHTON (1916-1975)
(aka John Bryan)
Author of at least a dozen novels, some or all of them historical, for Hutchinson and Faber & Faber from the 1930s to 1960s; Officer and Gentleman (1944) is set in the 19th century, and Crown Imperial (1949, aka The Heart of a Queen) is about Elizabeth I.


PHYLLIS GORDON DEMAREST (1908-1969)
A somewhat mysterious author (see here), Demarest published several novels in the 1930s, including Lady Gone Wild (1933), The Past Is Ours (1934), and This Strange Love (1939), as well as at least two later ones, The Naked Risk (1954) and The Angelic City (1961).


MARY DENDY (1855-1933)
Author of one Sunday school themed collection of children's tales and one apparent novel, Only a Business Man: A Story (1910), which just barely qualifies her for this list.


PHYLLIS H[ELEN]. DENHAM (1900-1982)
(married name Hadley)
Unidentified author of one romantic tale, The Glorious Adventure (1930) and one story collection, Tales of Love and Romance (1944).


DOROTHY [ROSINA] DENNISON (1899-1978)
(married name Wright)
Author of ten "evangelistic" girls' school stories (according to Sims & Clare), as well as other fiction for children and adults; titles include Rumours in the Fourth Form (1925), The Sixth Form Goes Abroad (1932), These Girls I Knew (1947), Physician Heal Thyself (1954), and Spotlight on Penelope (1958).


JOYCE DENNYS (1883-1991)
(married name Evans)
Known now for Henrietta’s War (1985) and Henrietta Sees It Through (1986), her humorous home front sketches first published during World War II, Dennys also wrote several humorous works in the 1930s, including Repeated Doses (1931) and Economy Must Be Our Watchword (1932).


VIDA [WINIFRED] DERRY (1912-1986)
(married name Usher)
Author of more than a dozen romantic novels for Robert Hale 1958-1971, including Love in Blue (1958), Two Loves Have I (1959), A Kind of Magic (1962), Tell Me, Nurse (1965), The Luck of Dereham House (1968), and Roses for the Nurse (1971); she apparently also published serial fiction with supernatural themes.


LAVINIA DERWENT (1909-1989)
(pseudonym of Elizabeth Dodd)
Popular and prolific children's author and memoirist, best known for two series of children's novels—the Macpherson series and the Sula series; she began publishing with a romance novel, Dinner of Herbs (1950), and in late years wrote a successful series of memoirs of Scottish life, beginning with A Breath of Border Air (1975).


Barbara Desmond
          see DESEMEA WILSON


Hugh Desmond
          see KATHLEEN LINDSAY


ROY DEVEREUX (1867-1947)
(full name Margaret Rose Roy Pember-Devereux, née McAdam)
Travel writer and novelist who began her career with The Ascent of Woman (1896), a fashion guide for the New Woman; her novels sound like the very definition of melodrama—titles include Rebrobate Silver (1903), The Incredible Truth (1930), Blue Magic (1937), When They Came Back (1938), and A Brown Eye or So (1945).


ELIZABETH MARY DEW ROBERTS (1885-c1965)
(aka Barbara Dew Roberts, aka B. Roberts)
Historian and author of at least four novels, some or all of them historical in subject, including Still Glides the Stream (1940), Some Trees Stand (1945), The Island Feud (1947), and The Charlie Trees: A Jacobite Novel (1951).


Lynne Dexter
          see SHEILA G[LADYS]. DONISTHORPE


Alexandra Dick
          see CICELY SIBYL ALEXANDRA DICK-ERIKSON


KAY DICK (1915-2001)
Author of novels including An Affair of Love (1953), Solitaire (1958), and Sunday (1960), the last based on her mother’s life, and of the late lesbian novel The Shelf (1984), as well as a scholarly work on the Commedia dell’arte and interviews with Ivy Compton-Burnett and Stevie Smith.


R. A. DICK (1898-1979)
(pseudonym of Josephine Leslie)
Best known for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), which was immortalized by its classic film adaptation, Leslie wrote several other novels as well, including Adventures of Jama (1949), She Walked to the Wedding (1953), Light and Shade (1956), and Duet for Two Hands (1960).


F. DICKBERRY (c1856-1931)
(pseudonym of Fernande Blaze de Bury? [several sources note this, but no definite identification found])
Edwardian author of four novels—The Storm of London: A Social Rhapsody (1905), The Nymph (1906), Phantom Figures (1907), and Stephen Ormond: A Man's Life (1913). [Whatever the quality of her work, the fact that she chose such a pseudonym surely makes her unusual…]


CICELY SIBYL ALEXANDRA DICK-ERIKSON (1906-1989)
(née Dick, aka Alexandra Dick, aka Frances Hay)
Author, under her pseudonyms, of numerous mysteries and historical novels from the 1930s to 1960s; titles include The First Man (1937), Yellowing Hay (1939), Many a Flower (1944), The Curate's Crime (1945), The Sleeping Beauty's Daughter (1947), and The Witch's Doing (1951).


MARY ANGELA DICKENS (1862-1948)
(aka His Grand-Daughter)
Granddaughter of Charles and cousin of Monica; author of a dozen novels and story collections 1891-1916, including Cross Currents (1891), A Mere Cypher (1893), A Valiant Ignorance (1894), Against the Tide (1898), Unveiled and Other Stories (1906), The Debtor (1912), and Sanctuary (1916).


MONICA DICKENS (1915-1992)
(married name Stratton)
Novelist and children’s author; known for One Pair of Hands (1939), a memoir of her time as a cook, and the novels Mariana (1940) and The Winds of Heaven (1955), both reprinted by Persephone; and for the Follyfoot and World's End series of children's books.


EILÍS DILLON (1920-1994)
(married names O Cuilleanain and Mercier)
Known for children's fiction such as The Lost Island (1952), Dillon wrote three mysteries with Irish settings—Death at Crane's Court (1953), Sent to His Account (1954), and Death in the Quadrangle (1956)—and mainstream novels including The Bitter Glass (1958) and Citizen Burke (1984).


AUDREY DINES (?1900-?1987)
(née Colenutt [tentative but probable identification])
Author of both girls' and boys' school stories, all with strong Christian themes; titles include Holiday Adventure (1950), Pine Tree House (1951), The Secret of Lockerby Hall (1955), It Couldn't Have Been Willett! (1955), and Four at Fourways (1956).


MAUD DIVER (1867–1945)
(née Marshall, possibly aka Jane Langslow [see separate entry below])
Half sister of Margaret Rivers Larminie; romantic novelist whose works were characterized by her first-hand knowledge of India and Ceylon and by "voluptuous overwriting"; titles include Capt. Desmond, V.C. (1914), The Hero of Herat (1912), and Ships of Youth (1931). Martin Edwards has suggested she may have been the Jane Langslow who co-wrote Gory Knight (1937) with Larminie.


JOYCE CECILIA DIXON (1904-1981)
(née Barton)
More research needed; author of two children’s books—The Rustication of Randy (1945) and Titania Had a Daughter (1948); one source says she wrote "country novels," but I haven't located them; unclear if she’s also the Joyce Dixon who published Christian stories for children.


MARJORIE [NELLIE] DIXON (1887-1981)
(née Mack, aka Marjorie Mack)
Children's author, novelist, and memoirist; her debut, The Red Centaur (1939), about the affairs of an aristocratic French family seen through the eyes of an English child, was enthusiastically reviewed by Graham Greene; others include Velveteen Jacket (1941), Runaway Boy (1942), and The Forbidden Island (1960), about the "wonderful and sometimes sinister world of fairies."


VALENTINE DOBREE (1894-1974)
(pseudonym of Gladys May Mabel Dobree, née Brooke-Pechell)
A fringe member of the Bloomsbury group via her friendship with Dora Carrington, Dobree's two novels—Your Cuckoo Sings by Kind (1927) and The Emperor's Tigers (1929)—were praised by the likes of T. S. Eliot and Graham Greene; she also wrote a story collection, To Blush Unseen (1935).


CATHERINE I[SABEL]. DODD (1860-1932)
Originally a writer on education and domestic economy, Dodd published around a dozen novels, including A Vagrant Englishwoman (1905), Queen Anne Farthings (1928), Scarlet Gables (1929), Bells of Thyme (1930), and Paul and Perdita (1932), and a biography of Mary Shelley (1933).


Mary Thurston Dodge
          see AMY LE FEUVRE [uncertain attribution]


WINIFRED [WILSON] DONALD (1917-1999)
Author of five girls' mystery tales with some school content, including Linda—the Schoolgirl Detective (1949), Linda in Lucerne (1950), Linda and the Silver Greyhounds (1952), Linda in Cambridge (1955), and Linda in New York; reportedly, she also wrote adult mysteries, but these have not been identified and might have been under an as-yet-unidentified pseudonym or might have appeared only in periodicals.


SHEILA G[LADYS]. DONISTHORPE (1885-1946)
(née Leon, aka Lynne Dexter, Sheila appears to be an adopted name replacing her real middle name, Milly)
Playwright, novelist, and memoirist who appears to have had connections to the theatre, since she published a memoir called Show Business (1943); her novels are You (1927), Loveliest of Friends! (1931), described as an "early classic of lesbiana," and Sets Your Star (1933).


MORWENNA DONNELLY (1917-1991)
(real name Marjorie)
Poet and author of several books on spiritual concerns, including Art and the Life of the Spirit (1947) and Founding the Life Divine: An Introduction to the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo (1955), she also wrote one novel, The Dark Descent (1946).


RAY DORIEN (1897-1979)
(pseudonym of Eudora Rachel Dingle)
Author of nearly forty romantic novels 1934-1969, including Fools in Paradise (1934), Bridal Wreath (1941), Not Saints, Sweet Lady (1948), Heart's Content (1956), and Dr. Drusilla's Folly (1963). Starting in 1950, she also published several travel books, including Venturing Abroad (1950), Venturing to Australia (1951), and Venturing Abroad: Majorca and Ibiza (1961).


Daniel Dormer
          see KATE MARION CORDEUX


OLIVE DOUGAN (1904-1963)
Author of several girls' school novels, including some intriguing wartime titles; works include The Bendon Bequest (1934), The Schoolgirl Refugee (1940), Schoolgirls in Peril (1944), Princess Gwyn (1946), Nancy Finds Herself (1947), and The Forbidden Holiday (1948).


MARGARET DOUGLAS (dates unknown)
Author of romantic novels for J. Leng 1922-1941, and perhaps at least one mystery, Murder at the "Mike" (1936); other titles include Diana Dean (1922), Love's Sunlit Way (1924), The Loom of Love (1925), Denholm's Daughter (1929), Nancy Pretty (1931), Riding for a Fall (1935), Though Seas Divide (1937), and For Love of Linda (1941).


O. Douglas
          see ANNA BUCHAN


THEO DOUGLAS (1851-1923)
(pseudonym of Henrietta Dorothy Everett, née Huskisson)
Author of historical romances and melodramas, often with a supernatural component, from the 1890s until 1920; titles include A White Witch (1908), Malevola (1914), a lesbian-themed vampire story, and Miss Maybud: Marriage-Maker (1920).


HELEN ELIZABETH DOUGLAS-PULLEYNE (1893-????)
(née Douglas, aka Mrs. Douglas-Pulleyne)
More research needed; author of three novels in the 1920s—Spring Sorrel (1926), about a dancer following her love around the world, This, My Son (1927), and The Frantic Master (1927).


MARJORIE DOUIE (c1888-1946)
Author of three mystery/thrillers set in exotic locales, including The Pointing Man: A Burmese Mystery (1917), The Man from Trinidad (1918), and The Man Who Tried Everything (1919).


MARY FRANCES HARRIET DOWDALL (1876-1939)
(née Borthwick, aka Hon. Mrs. Dowdall)
Author of seven novels for Duckworth 1913-1923, including The Book of Martha (1913), Joking Apart (1914), The Kaleidoscope (1915), Susie, Yesterday, To-Day, and Forever (1919), Three Loving Ladies (1921), The Tactless Man (1922), and The Second Book of Martha (1923).


NORA O'BEIRNE DOWLING (1921-????)
(née O'Beirne, first married name Callanan)
Forgotten author of at least two novels, The Grinding of the Mills (1926) and Noon-Day Devil (1933), about which I could find little information.


MARGARET EVELYN DRAKE (1904-1977)
More research needed; apparently the author of a single novel, Chrysantha (1948), about a 19-year-old girl’s search for “a suitable man”; Drake also published a book about gardens, Challenge to Gardeners (1943).


ANNE STANTON DREW (c. 1890-????)
(pseudonym of ????)
Author of at least five romantic novels in the 1930s—Overture (1931), Starlight (1933), The Gay Road (1934), Haven (1935), and The Capable Girl (1937); according to John Herrington, this seems to be the pseudonym of a well-known actress, but her true identity remains murky.


ELIZABETH DREW (1887-1965)
(married name Downs)
Critic, biographer, and novelist, best known for The Modern Novel (1926) and Jane Welsh and Jane Carlyle (1928), Drew also published one novel, Six Hearts (1930).


E. S. Drower
          see E[THEL]. S[TEPHANA]. STEVENS


C. M. Drury
          see CLARE HOSKYNS ABRAHALL


ANGELA DU MAURIER (1904-2002)
Sister of the much better-known Daphne, Angela also wrote novels including The Spinning Wheel (1940), The Little Less (1941), and Reveille (1950), as well as two memoirs, It's Only the Sister (1951) and Old Maids Remember (1965).


DAPHNE DU MAURIER (1907-1989)
(married name Browning)
Author of the classic Gothic novel Rebecca (1938) and the story "The Birds" (1952), both made into classic Hitchcock films, du Maurier wrote numerous other novels, including  My Cousin Rachel (1951) and The House on the Strand (1969), as well as a memoir called Myself When Young (1977).


MRS. HENRY DUDENEY (1866-1945)
(pseudonym of Alice Louisa Dudeney, née Whiffin)
Earning comparisons in her time to Thomas Hardy and American writer Mary Wilkins Freeman, Dudeney published dozens of novels and story collections focused on working class life, including The Third Floor (1901), What a Woman Wants (1914), and The Peep Show (1929).


Helen Dudley
          see JACYNTH HOPE-SIMPSON


Hans Duffy
          see MARY CLIVE


WINIFRED [AMY] DUKE (1890-1962)
Intriguing author of numerous crime novels often focused on the psychology of crime; Bastard Verdict (1934) was compared to Elizabeth Jenkins' Harriet; others include Death and His Sweetheart (1938), Blind Geese (1946), Winter Pride (1952), and The Dancing of the Fox (1956).


JANE DUNCAN (1910-1976)
(pseudonym of Elizabeth Jane Cameron)
Known for the underrated “my friends” novels, nineteen in all, including My Friends the Miss Boyds (1959), My Friend Muriel (1959), and My Friend Madame Zora (1963), and the Janet Sandison novels, beginning with Jean in the Morning (1964).


ERICA [ISABEL] DUNKERLEY (1890-1959)
(aka Pamela Hamilton, aka Erica Oxenham)
Sister of girls’ author Elsie Oxenham; author of four novels in the 1920s and 1930s, including Out of the Strong (1925), Whin Fell (1927), Southernwood (1929), and Then Came Nicholas (1936); she later wrote a biography of the girls’ father, who wrote as John Oxenham (1942).


Mona Dunlop
          see [NAOMI] ANNE HOCKING


GERTRUDE DUNN (1884-1949)
More research needed; not to be confused with Gertrude Colmore, whose real name was also Dunn; apparently the author of only three novels—Unholy Depths (1926), The Mark of the Bat (1928), and So Forever (1929)—all dealing with supernatural themes.


MARY DUNN (1900-1958)
Children’s author, travel writer, and humorist, best known for her creation of Lady Addle, a pretentious Edwardian precursor to Hyacinth Bucket, in Lady Addle Remembers (1936) and its sequels; her travel series began with We Go to Paris in 1951.


KATHERINE DUNNING (1900-1975)
(full name Rhona Katherine Dunning, née Rowe)
Forgotten author of two well-received novels of the 1930s—Stephen Sherrin (1932) and The Spring Begins (1934), the latter set on a large country estate—and two more postwar novels, Whatever the Heart Appoints (1950) and The Bright Blue Eye (1952).


MARY DUNSTAN (1901-1956)
(pseudonym of Patience Mary Agar-Robartes, née Basset)
Author of eleven novels 1935-1956; her debut, Jagged Skyline (1935, aka Snow Against the Skyline) is about mountain climbing, while Banners in Bavaria (1939) was praised for its "extraordinarily impressive picture of Munich on the night of the Anschluss celebrations." Others include The Driving Fear (1946), What Comes After (1950), Walled City (1955), and Trusty and Well-Beloved (1956).


M[ABEL ELIZA AGNES]. DURANT (1857-1924)
Author five novels 1909-1919, about which I could find no details; titles are A Raised Siege (1909), First-Fruits (1915), Repentance (1917), Rainbow Ranch: A Canadian Romance (1918), and White Harvest (1919).


MARY DURHAM (dates unknown)
Author of at least nine mystery novels, some or all featuring series character Inspector York, but little else is known of her; titles include Why Pick on Pickles? (1945), Keeps Death His Court (1946), Cornish Mystery (1946), Murder Has Charms (1948), and Castle Mandragora (1950).


STELLA M[ARIA]. DÜRING (c1858-1933)
(née Webster [probably—her mother had a complicated life]; some sources give Jocelyn, a variant or later-adopted spelling of Josling, but this is unlikely)
Author of about 13 novels and romantic tales; titles include Between the Devil and the Deep Sea (1898), The End of the Rainbow (1909), In the Springtime of Life (1912), Her Second Best (1923), A Lover from the Clouds (1928), The Girl and the Gold (1929), and The One Who Knew (1932); she also wrote periodical fiction.


JULIET DYMOKE (1919-1997)
(married name de Schanschieff)
Film screenwriter, children's writer, and author of historical novels 1956-1997; titles include The Sons of the Tribune (1956), The Orange Sash (1958), Born for Victory (1960), Bend Sinister (1962), Henry of the High Rock (1971), Serpent in Eden (1973), and six volumes of her Plantagenets series (1978-1980).


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