Lent Term 1906 Yggdrasill
, the magazine of Ashburne House, the women's residence at Victoria University of Manchester
, printed a poem by Alice Jane Taylor (later AU) about university life which contained the refrain "Argument."
28 January 1929 Heinemann
received from AU the manuscript of her first book for small children (also the first in her most popular series), The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey Rabbit
, published later that year.
AU's characters Little Grey Rabbit and Squirrel appeared as stuffed toys, ready for the Christmas market.
A child wrote to AU (about Hare Joins the Home Guard
won't let the Nazis
come now because Hare will stop them."
A bomb on the London
offices of Faber
destroyed (among other things) the typescript of AU's play Little Grey Rabbit to the Rescue
, which had been rejected for the stage by the Windsor Theatre four months earlier.
AU destroyed her Little Grey Rabbit contract by lighting the fire with it; she had to ask for replacement. This seems to have been a mishap, not a protest.
AU, whose experience of public speaking had included a lecture on "Writing for Children", spoke bravely on BBC
TV's Book Programme in the month of her ninety-first birthday.
7 May 1976
AU died in hospital at High Wycombe
; her son
had just gone on holiday and was hard to reach.