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Writing mostly in the first half of the twentieth century, Sheila Kaye-Smith published thirty-one novels, in addition to about twenty works in other genres: biography, criticism, saints' lives, country lore, and books of memoirs (one of them disguised as a cookery book). Almost all her novels are set in the Weald of Sussex, with which her name became closely identified. She called Jane Austen her 'Bible'. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 February 1887 SKS was born at Hastings in Sussex, the elder of two sisters. Bibliographic Citation link.
By March 1916 SKS published her best-known work, Sussex Gorse: The Story of a Fight, another regional novel, for which the idea was suggested to her by W. L. George. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 January 1956 SKS died at her home, Little Doucegrove near Northiam, Sussex. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late March 1956 SKS's final book of autobiographical reminiscence, All the Books of My Life, appeared posthumously. Bibliographic Citation link.
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