G. B. Stern

Standard Name: Stern, G. B.
Birth Name: Gladys Bertha Stern
Self-constructed Name: Bronwyn
Indexed Name: G. B. Stern
Pseudonym: G. B. Stern
Nickname: Peter
Nickname: Tynx
GBS , who was writing through a large stretch of the twentieth century, published over forty novels of a middle-brow character, as well as light plays, short stories, informal criticism, and haphazard autobiographical memoirs. Her high reputation has somewhat declined, but her family saga about the cosmopolitan Jewish Rakonitz family is still remembered.


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Dedications Rebecca West
This semi-autobiographical novel was West's third to appear after her death. Dedicated to G. B. Stern , it was based on West's affair with Lord Beaverbrook .
Glendinning, Victoria, and Rebecca West. “Afterword”. Sunflower, Virago, pp. 268-76.
268, 270
In 1928 she still planned to...
Family and Intimate relationships Pamela Frankau
Her father, Gilbert Frankau , novelist and womaniser, came from a gifted family full of writers. He was divorced from his wife, and (in G. B. Stern 's words) nonchalantly strolled out of [Pamela's] existence...
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Mew
There has been much speculation, both at the time and more recently, about the nature of the relationship between the two writers. CM seems to have fallen in love, but Sinclair was not receptive, not...
Friends, Associates E. Nesbit
The friends of EN 's last years, both old and new, included Marshall Steele , Edward Andrade , actresses Athene Seyler and Sybil Thorndike , and writers Noël Coward , G. B. Stern , Lord Dunsany
Friends, Associates May Sinclair
Her articles and critical reviews were encouraging for many writers, including T. S. Eliot .
Scott, Bonnie Kime. Refiguring Modernism. Indiana University Press.
Sinclair also made the acquaintance of other women writers, including Alice Meynell , Ida Wylie (a close friend), Rebecca West
Friends, Associates F. Tennyson Jesse
Gordon Place became the centre of an active female literary community, which included Elizabeth Bowen , Rose Macaulay , Virginia Woolf , Ivy Low (who was also a good friend of Viola Meynell ), Ivy Compton-Burnett
Friends, Associates May Sinclair
MS 's friendship with Charlotte Mew (whom she met through Catharine Dawson Scott in spring 1913) is still the subject of debate and disagreement among commentators. Mew kept the letters she received from her, but...
Friends, Associates Rebecca West
Over her lifetime, RW made countless friends. These included US journalist Dorothy Thompson (whose long-lasting friendship with her is treated in Susan Hertog 's double biography Dangerous Ambition. Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women...
Friends, Associates Sheila Kaye-Smith
SKS made early friendships with the novelists G. B. Stern and Walter Lionel George .
Stern, G. B. . And did he stop and speak to you?. Henry Regnery.
Stern writes W. L. George. Kaye-Smith's biographer Dorothea Walker observes that she used the nickname Willy George for...
Friends, Associates Sheila Kaye-Smith
SKS was an intimate friend for some forty years of novelist Gladys Stern (known as Peter), with whom she jointly authored several books. Stern said Kaye-Smith's close friends were those with tremendous vitality, capable...
Friends, Associates Mary Butts
A party at MB 's flat at 43 Belsize Park Gardens in London was attended by Evelyn Waugh , G. B. Stern , and Rebecca West .
Blaser, Robin et al. “Afterword”. Imaginary Letters, Talonbooks, pp. 61-80.
Friends, Associates Pamela Frankau
Her aunt Eliza Aria introduced the very young PF to many of her older, god-like friends: first of all actress Sybil Thorndike and writers Michael Arlen and Osbert Sitwell .
Frankau, Pamela. I Find Four People. I. Nicholson and Watson.
Later came John Van Druten
Intertextuality and Influence Sheila Kaye-Smith
W. L. George persuaded her to set this book in Sussex (instead of the Channel Island setting she was planning) on grounds of her identification with Sussex in the public mind.
Anderson, Rachel, and Sheila Kaye-Smith. “Introduction”. Joanna Godden, Dial, p. xi - xviii.
When he further...
Literary responses Pamela Frankau
Soon after the appearance of this novel G. B. Stern wrote that she would find its emotionally painful scenes almost too hard to read again, were it not for the triumphant-after-pain solution with which it...
Literary responses Rumer Godden
Its first readers loved this book: these included retiring literary agent Curtis Brown , his son Spencer Curtis Brown , and the publishers Peter and Nico Davies (who called it without doubt a masterpiece and...


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Stern, G. B. "See-Saw". Hutchinson, 1914.
Stern, G. B. . And did he stop and speak to you?. Coram, 1957.
Stern, G. B. . And did he stop and speak to you?. Henry Regnery, 1958.
Stern, G. B. A Name to Conjure With. Collins, 1953.
Stern, G. B. All in Good Time. Sheed and Ward, 1954.
Stern, G. B. Another Part of the Forest. Cassell, 1941.
Stern, G. B. Benefits Forgot. Cassell, 1949.
Stern, G. B. Bouquet. Chapman and Hall, 1927.
Stern, G. B. Children of No Man’s Land. Duckworth, 1919.
Stern, G. B. He Wrote Treasure Island. Heinemann, 1954.
Stern, G. B. Johnny Forsaken. Collins, 1954.
Stern, G. B. Little Red Horses. Heinemann, 1932.
Stern, G. B. Long Lost Father. E. Benn, 1932.
Stern, G. B. Monogram. Chapman and Hall, 1936.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila, and G. B. Stern. More Talk of Jane Austen. Cassell, 1950.
Stern, G. B. No Son of Mine. Cassell, 1948.
Stern, G. B. Pantomime. Hutchinson, 1914.
Stern, G. B. Pelican Walking. Heinemann, 1934.
Stern, G. B. Promise Not to Tell. Collins, 1964.
Stern, G. B. Shining and Free. Heinemann, 1935.
Kaye-Smith, Sheila, and G. B. Stern. Talking of Jane Austen. Cassell, 1943.
Stern, G. B. Tents of Israel. Chapman and Hall, 1924.
Stern, G. B. The Augs. Heinemann, 1933.
Stern, G. B. The Dark Gentleman. Chapman and Hall, 1927.
Stern, G. B. The Matriarch. French, 1931.