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Richmal Crompton's great popularity during her lifetime and her later enduring fame rest on her extraordinary outpouring of William stories for children, published between 1922 and 1970. There were thirty-eight books of William stories in all, and sometimes two in the same year. Some of the stories were adapted for radio, television, and movies. Richmal Crompton also published, more importantly to herself, over forty novels and collections of stories for adults which were generally set in her own time. They focussed on the romantic, the domestic, the shaping of the personality in childhood, and on women's sometimes late development of independence.
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15 November 1890 RC was born in Bury, Lancashire, the second eldest in a family of three surviving siblings. Bibliographic Citation link.
1918 RC's first commercially published story, "Thomas: The Boy Who Would Grow Up", appeared in the Girl's Own Paper. Thomas was a less colourful precursor to William Brown.  Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1922 Twelve previously published stories by RC were collected as the first William book, Just—William. The next month fourteen other stories appeared in More William. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 January 1969 RC died in hospital at Farnborough in Kent after suffering a second heart attack. Bibliographic Citation link.
1970 The last of RC's William books, William the Lawless, was published posthumously in the year after her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
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