Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Farjeon, Eleanor
Birth Name: Eleanor Farjeon
Pseudonym: Nathaniel Downes
Religious Name: Mary
had a particularly long and successful career as an author for children, writing mostly in verse with some prose tales. She also wrote striking memoirs of her childhood and of an unhappy love-affair ended by the First World War, plays (in collaboration with her brother), novels, and adult poetry. She wrote to earn a living, and did not hesitate to recycle slightly revised material in different forms. During the 1920s, she averaged two books a year.
Farjeon, Annabel. Morning has Broken: A Biography of Eleanor Farjeon. Julia MacRae, 1986.
Outside her light-hearted or her fantastical vein she is sometimes sentimental, but her remarkable portraits of battered, gallant old women are a positive feature in several different genres.
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She co-operated with others in many further works. She appeared with Tony Lopez
in Mortal Heart, 1981. In 1994 she participated in two joint projects: Painter and Poet: Three Poems (limited edition), where her...
Family and Intimate relationships
A rare dissonant voice in the chorus of appreciation is supplied by children's writer Eleanor Farjeon
, who was for a time a colleague of Violet Meynell. She visited them in Sussex the year before...
Despite the Blyton fiasco, AU
formed friendships with several fellow-writers. She became friends with children's writer Eleanor Farjeon
, whom she met in June 1954; poet Ruth Pitter
, whom she met in spring 1956...
Another close friend of NRS
, J. D. Beresford
, a highly-regarded novelist, was also an important friend to Dorothy Richardson
, and a mentor and support to Macaulay as well as Royde-Smith, and such...