Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Clemence Dane entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 17 January 2022.
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Clemence Dane wrote, during the earlier twentieth century, over thirty plays for the stage, radio, and screen, in addition to her journalism and other non-fiction, and fourteen fictional works ranging from girls' school novels to detective fiction. Her work frequently addressed political issues of the day.
21 February 1888 CD was born Winifred Ashton in Westcombe Park Road, Greenwich, just outside London. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
14 March 1921 CD's first play, A Bill of Divorcement, opened at St Martin's Theatre, London; it ran for 401 performances, starring Meggie Albanesi. Bibliographic Citation link.
1932 The film version of A Bill of Divorcement was released; the screenplay was by CD herself. Bibliographic Citation link.
1964 CD's final play, The Godson. A Fantasy, appeared the year before her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
July 1964 CD published London Has a Garden, a history (containing personal reminiscences) of the Covent Garden area where she lived. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 March 1965 CD died in Chelsea, London, leaving most of her small estate to her secretary-companion, Olwen Bowen-Davies. Bibliographic Citation link.
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