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Muriel Box, who collaborated with her first husband, Sydney, in the mid twentieth century on numerous plays (the more than fifty which preceded the Second World War included two volumes of one-acters with all-female casts) and some film scripts, was also a remarkably versatile author on her own account. She was a solo scriptwriter and dramatist, a novelist (notable for the satirical, feminist, post-nuclear fantasy The Big Switch), autobiographer, biographer, and feminist publisher and editor. She has another claim to fame in being one of the first British women to direct films. scholarly note link.
22 September 1905 Muriel Baker (later MB) was born in a small terrace house in Poplar Grove, New Malden, Surrey, the third and youngest child in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 October 1945 Muriel and Sydney Box's film The Seventh Veil opened at Leicester Square Theatre (that is, cinema) and became a box-office hit. It brought them an Oscar for best original screenplay. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 March 1951 The play The Seventh Veil, adapted by Muriel and Sydney Box from their film of the same name, opened at the Prince's Theatre in London after the harrassing work of revision. Bibliographic Citation link.
By October 1964 MB published her second and best-known novel, The Big Switch, a satirical post-nuclear fantasy or science fiction about a future with women in command. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1983 MB's last book was Rebel Advocate: A Biography of Gerald Gardiner (formally Gerald Austin Gardiner, Baron Gardiner of Killiford), her second husband. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
18 May 1991 MB died at Mote End, Mill Hill, sixteen months after the death of her second husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
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