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In a writing career that spanned forty-three years of the twentieth century, Lesley Storm produced seventeen plays, eleven novels, seven film-scripts, and a volume of short stories. Many of her plays turn on the subjects of marriage and sexual relationships. They often focus on the effects of marital constraints on wives, or the social conventions of gender relations more broadly considered (including sexual morality and questions of fidelity). Many of her female characters suffer punishment for sexual or social transgressions. In the 1940s and 50s she also concerned herself with issues like religion, politics, and the civilian experience of war. Her plays have been praised for their pointed, sarcastic, and humorous dialogue, which brings comedy to dramatic situations involving personal and social frustration.
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December 1903 LS was born Mabel Margaret Cowie at Maud in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
August 1927 LS published her first novel, Lady, What of Life?, which depends on secrets, complicated love situations, and unexpected reversals as it examines the effects of a mother's dubious sexual reputation on her progeny. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 May 1949 LS's best-known play, Black Chiffon, had its premiere in London at the Westminster Theatre. It ran for over 400 performances. The celebrated Flora Robson played the lead role. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 July 1971 LS's last work, the two-act comedy Look, No Hands!, opened at the Fortune Theatre in London, directed by Peter Cotes, and designed by Anthony Holland, after a first staging almost a year earlier at Windsor Bibliographic Citation link.
19 October 1975 LS died at the age of seventy-one; the cause of her death is not recorded. Bibliographic Citation link.
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