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Leisure and Society Noel Streatfeild
NS was elected a member of P.E.N. Club (later PEN International ), which had been founded a decade earlier to help and support writers.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Leisure and Society Sybille Bedford
SB belonged to the Society of Authors and to PEN (of which she was vice-president for the year 1979).
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Leisure and Society Elizabeth Taylor
ET wrote that she liked routine and was always disconcerted when I am asked for my life story, for nothing sensational, thank heavens, has ever happened.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
She had a passion for modern painting, and...
Leisure and Society Mary Webb
In London, MW joined the Tomorrow Club , then its successor PEN , and the Bookman Circle .
Coles, Gladys Mary. The Flower of Light: A Biography of Mary Webb. Duckworth.
Literary responses Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
CADS 's novels and poems established a solid reputation for her as a woman of letters in the early 1910s. By 1929, however, her works were no longer read much: she commented (in response to...
Occupation Antonia Fraser
AF 's public work continued after her second marriage. She chaired the Crime Writers' Association , and became in 1984 a founding trustee of the Authors' Foundation . When she retired as a trustee she...
Occupation Anne Stevenson
In England the winter before her first marriage AS taught at a girls' school, and after the marriage she worked in Soho, London, masquerading . . . as a publisher's advertising manager.
Contemporary Authors, Autobiography Series. Gale Research.
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Occupation Lady Cynthia Asquith
Meanwhile she prepared to receive evacuees from London, and volunteered for first aid work, nursing, and night shifts with the ARP (Air Raid Precaution) .
Beauman, Nicola. Cynthia Asquith. Hamish Hamilton.
After the war she became a member both of...
Occupation Noel Streatfeild
On the outbreak of the Second World War, NS joined the Women's Voluntary Service and worked running a mobile canteen service which delivered food to air-raid shelters in South London (Bermondsey and Deptford). She had...
Occupation Storm Jameson
The Home Office appointed the English Centre of PEN to report on the status of refugee writers who had been or could be interned. SJ and Hermon Ould undertook the bulk of this advisory work.
Jameson, Storm. Journey from the North. Harper and Row.
Occupation Phyllis Bentley
In the 1950s PB increased her volunteer community involvement. She firmly believed that small local organizations were a essential part of English civil life: her life's work as a regional novelist was parallelled by a...
Occupation Elizabeth Bowen
EB was involved in a PEN conference which discussed the issue of help for writers in Axis countries (including contries recently occupied).
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf.
Occupation Ann Bridge
Early in the second world war she worked at an indeterminate job with the Ministry of Information , commissioning articles on the British war effort and placing them in US periodicals: the placing had to...
Occupation Rosamond Lehmann
RL was an International Vice-President of PEN , a Vice-President of the College of Psychic Studies , and a member of the Council of the Society of Authors .
Simons, Judy. Rosamond Lehmann. St Martin’s Press.
Lehmann, Rosamond. Rosamond Lehmann’s Album. Chatto and Windus.
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Occupation Gillian Slovo
GS served for three years as president of English PEN . One month before her term was due to expire she resigned her presidency in order to draw attention to what she said was an...


5 October 1921: The P.E.N. Club (later PEN International),...

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5 October 1921

The P.E.N. Club (later PEN International ), a world association of authors, was founded in London by writers C. A. Dawson Scott and Violet Hunt .

September 1949: PEN International held a conference in Venice....

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September 1949

PEN International held a conference in Venice. Delegates included W. H. Auden , C. P. Snow , Pamela Hansford Johnson , and Cecily Mackworth .

21 May 2013: Sotheby's held an auction of fifty contemporary...

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21 May 2013

Sotheby's held an auction of fifty contemporary first editions annotated for the purpose of this sale by their authors. A total of £439,200 was raised for English PEN , of which £150,000 (the highest price)...


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