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Jan Struther began to write during the 1920s as a contributor of poems and sketches to journals. She also wrote some still-popular hymns, and edited and wrote for children. She hit the jackpot with her Mrs. Miniver series, designed just before the Second World War as a light spot in a newspaper, a representation of young and pleasure-loving femininity. Collected in a volume, reissued in the USA, and finally converted into an entirely different story in a Hollywood film, it achieved wide circulation and notoriety. Jan Struther never equalled this success with any subsequent work, though she was a public and private poet and a lively letter-writer until the end of her life.
6 June 1901 JS was born Joyce Anstruther: she felt herself almost an only child, since her brother and only sibling was seven years older and went to boarding school. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1918 Seventeen-year-old Joyce Anstruther achieved her first publication (with her mother's help): a poem in the Saturday Westminster Gazette under the pseudonym 'Jan Struther', which in the end was to replace her name. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 October 1939 JS published in book form Mrs. Miniver, a collection of her sketches from the Times Court Page; publishers had been vying for her since the second piece in the series appeared. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 July 1940 The American edition of JS's Mrs. Miniver appeared, and quickly looked set to outgo the British edition in popularity. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1952 JS, in the lull after her mastectomy, wrote about 18,000 words of a travel book about America which she had been planning for a dozen years, to be called "Cactus and Columbine". Bibliographic Citation link.
20 July 1953 JS died in New York of a brain tumour which had followed on her breast cancer. Bibliographic Citation link.
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