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Joanna Cannan published nearly twenty novels (as well as detective novels), and is generally reckoned to be the inventor of the pony story for girls, which turned out to have a bright future, much of it in the hands of her daughters.
27 May 1896 JC was born in Oxford, the youngest in a family of girls. Bibliographic Citation link.
1931 JC published two novels this year, each of which reveals the limitations of a male character: Ithuriel's Hour (re-issued as a paperback in 1949 as The Hour of the Angel—Ithuriel's Hour) and probably her most successful work, High Table, dedicated to Carola Oman. Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 1936 JC invented a new genre in children's literature with A Pony for Jean, whose heroine was largely based on herself. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 April 1961 JC died of heart failure soon after a bout of influenza, at the cottage hospital at Blandford in Dorset. Bibliographic Citation link.
1962 JC's final book, finished three weeks before her death and posthumously published the next year, was the detective story All is Discovered, again about murder in a country village. Bibliographic Citation link.
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