Eleanor Farjeon

Standard Name: Farjeon, Eleanor
Birth Name: Eleanor Farjeon
Nickname: Nellie
Pseudonym: Tomfool
Pseudonym: Nathaniel Downes
Pseudonym: Chimera
Religious Name: Mary
EF 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.
172, 154
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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Anthologization U. A. Fanthorpe
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 Alice Meynell
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...
Friends, Associates Viola Meynell
During 1913 to 1914, VM became close friends with Gladys Parrish Huntington (who in 1915 was to publish Carfrae's Comedy) through a common friend, Ivy Low .
MacKenzie, Raymond N. A Critical Biography of English Novelist Viola Meynell, 1885-1956. Edwin Mellen.
110-11, 113
Soon afterwards, while doing war...
Friends, Associates Betty Miller
BM 's friends included Olivia Manning , Rosamond Lehmann , Stevie Smith , Inez Holden , Viola Meynell , and Eleanor Farjeon .
Miller, Sarah, and Betty Miller. “Introduction”. On the Side of the Angels, Virago, p. vii - xviii.
In wartime she met and immediately took to Adrian Stephen ,...
Friends, Associates Naomi Royde-Smith
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...
Friends, Associates Evelyn Sharp
Some of the friends with whom she remained in contact into her final years were Eleanor Farjeon , Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , and Elizabeth Robinson .
John, Angela V. Evelyn Sharp: Rebel Woman, 1869–1955. Manchester University Press.
Friends, Associates Alison Uttley
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...
Occupation Gladys Henrietta Schütze
After the war, in 1919, GHS pursued regular journalistic work as well as her own writing. For the socialist Weekly Herald she worked at the invitation of W. N. Ewer , combing European newspapers in...
Textual Production Judith Kazantzis
This remarkable anthology brings to a wider audience poems by many otherwise unknown writers, as well as by, for instance, Vera Brittain , Edith Sitwell , Nancy Cunard , Cicely Hamilton , Rose Macaulay ,...
Textual Production Noel Streatfeild
In 1961 NS had the honour of appearing in Bodley Head 's series of monographs on children's writers, where she joined such household names as Mary Louisa Molesworth , Juliana Horatia Ewing , Lewis Carroll


April 1935-June 1936: Stephen King-Hall published a children's...

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April 1935-June 1936

Stephen King-Hall published a children'sjournal called Mine, A Magazine for All who are Young.

16-17 April 1941: Of this night Eleanor Farjeon wrote that...

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16-17 April 1941

Of this night Eleanor Farjeon wrote that it was the biggest London Blitz so far. . . . I believe 600 planes came over in waves.

By 20 June 2000: Jane Nissen, a former editor at Penguin,...

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By 20 June 2000

Jane Nissen , a former editor at Penguin , published the first four titles by Jane Nissen Books , reprints of much-loved children's books of the twentieth century.


Farjeon, Eleanor. A Nursery in the Nineties. Victor Gollancz, 1935.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and Elizabeth Orton Jones. A Prayer for Little Things. Houghton Mifflin, 1945.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Brave Old Woman. Michael Joseph, 1941.
Farjeon, Eleanor et al. Cherrystones. M. Joseph, 1942.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Dream-Songs for the Beloved. Orpheus Press, 1911.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Edward Thomas. Oxford University Press, 1958.
Farjeon, Eleanor. First and Second Love. Michael Joseph, 1947.
Farjeon, Eleanor et al. Floretta. Henderson and Spalding, 1899.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Humming Bird. Michael Joseph, 1936.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and Edward Ardizzone. Italian Peepshow. Oxford University Press, 1960.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Love Affair. Michael Joseph, 1947.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Magic Casements. G. Allen and Unwin, 1941.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and Charles Edmund Brock. Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard. W. Collins Sons, 1921.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and MacDonald Gill. Nursery Rhymes of London Town. Duckworth, 1916.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Pan-Worship and Other Poems. E. Mathews, 1908.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and Clare Leighton. Perkin the Pedlar. Faber and Faber, 1932.
Farjeon, Eleanor. Silver-Sand and Snow. Michael Joseph, 1951.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and Helen Sewell. Ten Saints. Oxford University Press, 1936.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and William Rothenstein. The Country Child’s Alphabet. Poetry Bookshop, 1924.
Farjeon, Eleanor et al. The Glass Slipper. Chappell, 1945.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and Edward Ardizzone. The Little Bookroom. Oxford University Press, 1955.
Farjeon, Eleanor et al. The Mulberry Bush. M. Joseph, 1945.
Farjeon, Eleanor, and E. Herbert Whydale. The Old Nurse’s Stocking-Basket. Frederick A. Stokes, 1931.
Farjeon, Eleanor et al. The Silver Curlew. Samuel French, 1953.
Farjeon, Eleanor. The Soul of Kol Nikon. W. Collins, 1923.