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Flora Thompson, who wrote in the early to mid twentieth century, had limited education and lived outside the literary mainstream. She had little success as a poet or novelist, but built herself a career as a journalist. She wrote about the countryside (as well as about books), and eventually achieved fame as a memoirist or autobiographer. Both her periodical essays and her memoirs show her skill in re-creating the village life of a past generation. She combines toughness in her presentation of the poverty and hardship of rural lives, and lyricism in her rendering of the natural environment and of lived folk culture.
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5 December 1876 Flora Jane Timms (later FT) was born at Juniper Hill, near Cottisford in Oxfordshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1888 The name of eleven-year-old Flora Timms (later FT) appeared in the Oxford Diocesan Inspector's report when she won the Diocesan prize (a gilt-edged, calf-bound prayer book) for her essay on the life of Moses. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1939 FT published Lark Rise, which evocatively recalls her childhood in the Oxfordshire village of Juniper Hill. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 May 1947 FT died a "swift and silent" Bibliographic Citation link. death of heart failure at Brixham in Devon, at the age of seventy. Bibliographic Citation link.
By May 1948 Flora Thompson's Still Glides the Stream (another volume of fictionalised reminiscence or character sketches) was posthumously published. Bibliographic Citation link.
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