Clemence Dane

Standard Name: Dane, Clemence
Birth Name: Winifred Ashton
Pseudonym: Clemence Dane
Pseudonym: Diana Portis
CD wrote, during the earlier twentieth century, over thirty plays for the stage, radio, and screen, in addition to her journalism and other non-fiction, and fourteen fictional works ranging from girls' school novels to detective fiction. Her work frequently addressed political issues of the day.


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death Christopher Marlowe
Standard accounts of his death used to say that it was a brawl, largely caused by himself. But accident seems unlikely. He had recently been brought in for questioning by the Privy Council , but...
Education Elizabeth Jane Howard
In autumn 1940 EJH joined a student repertory company at Bideford in Devon, run by Eileen Thorndike (sister of Sybil). The high point for EJH was playing the lead in Clemence Dane 's play...
Family and Intimate relationships Catherine Carswell
Catherine Jackson (later CC ) sued for annulment and won, making legal history since insanity (of the husband) was not yet grounds for divorce.
Thirteen years later Clemence Dane scored a great popular success with...
Friends, Associates Mary Agnes Hamilton
MAH 's memoirs give detailed and affectionate pen-portraits of innumerable friends, made both at home and in many of the other countries she travelled or worked in. Many of her English friends are known names...
Friends, Associates Violet Trefusis
One of VT 's loyal friends at this troubled time was author Clemence Dane , who had sent her birthday greetings that June.
Jullian, Philippe et al. Violet Trefusis: Life and Letters. Hamish Hamilton.
Literary responses Hannah More
In the early twentieth century More's influence on the great Victorians was not seen as an asset. In 1964 Clemence Dane felt it quite appropriate to celebrate More as a personage while admitting to not...
Literary responses Jean Rhys
Her most successful book so far, Voyage in the Dark was well received by critics and general public alike. Writer Clemence Dane praised its simplicity, its orginality, and its power to express the emotions and...
Literary responses Susanna Centlivre
From this plot Frances Burney borrowed the four guardians of her heroine in Cecilia. Walter Scott thought the plot was extravagant enough (when the play was a hundred and ten years old) yet that...
Occupation Edith Craig
In addition to a memorial service and speeches, these annual tributes usually included scenes from Shakespeare performed by well-known actors such as John Gielgud and Sybil Thorndike . Playwright Clemence Dane gave a memorial speech...
Performance of text Dorothy L. Sayers
DLS organised an experimental radio mystery play, The Scoop, by herself and Detection Club members E. C. Bentley , Anthony Berkeley , Freeman Wills Crofts , and Clemence Dane . It was broadcast serially on the BBC .
Sayers, Dorothy L. et al. “The Scoop: Parts I-XII”. The Listener, Vol.
politics Dora Russell
Other speakers included Vera Brittain , Clemence Dane , Megan Lloyd George , and Storm Jameson (all Six Point Vice-Presidents). The conference also involved the Married Women's Association and the National Union of Women Teachers
Publishing Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
In 1923 she wrote a series of articles for Strand Magazine, entitled As I know them—Some Writers of Today, describing, among others, Clemence Dane and H. G. Wells .
Watts, Marjorie, and Frances King. Mrs. Sappho. Duckworth.
Reception Vita Sackville-West
Woolf reported reading the novel all in a gulp with pleasure in bed; very well done I think.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Editors Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne Trautmann, Hogarth Press.
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It was a Book Society Choice, recommended by Clemence Dane and Hugh Walpole , and...
Textual Features Rebecca West
Sketches of writers, artists, politicians, and public figures in the collection include Clemence Dane , Joseph Conrad , Lloyd George , and Winston Churchill .
Hutchinson, G. Evelyn. A Preliminary List of the Writings of Rebecca West, 1912-1951. Yale University Library.
Textual Features Ngaio Marsh
This novel is set during the opening production at The Dolphin, a recently derelict and now lovingly restored Victorian theatre beside the Thames in London. The central character, Peregrine or Perry Jay, is a...


By late 1931: Twelve certain members of the Detection Club...

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By late 1931

Twelve certain members of the Detection Club (including Agatha Christie , Dorothy L. Sayers , G. K. Chesterton , Clemence Dane , G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole ) published a collaborative detectivenovel called...

20 February 1946: The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London,...

Building item

20 February 1946

The Royal Opera House , Covent Garden, London, had its grand reopening after wartime closure. Margot Fonteyn performed with the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty.


Dane, Clemence. A Bill of Divorcement. Samuel French, 1921.
Dane, Clemence, and Richard Addinsell. Adam’s Opera. William Heinemann, 1928.
Dane, Clemence, and Richard Addinsell. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Samuel French, 1948.
Dane, Clemence et al. Anna Karenina. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, 1935.
Dane, Clemence. Broome Stages. William Heinemann, 1931.
Dane, Clemence. Collected Plays. William Heinemann, 1961.
Dane, Clemence, and Richard Addinsell. Come of Age. Doubleday, Doran, 1934.
Dane, Clemence. Eighty in the Shade. Samuel French, 1959.
Dane, Clemence. Fate Cries Out: Nine Tales. Doubleday, Doran, 1935.
Dane, Clemence. First the Blade. William Heinemann, 1918.
Dane, Clemence. Granite. Samuel French, 1926.
Dane, Clemence. He Brings Great News. William Heinemann, 1944.
Dane, Clemence. Herod and Mariamne. Doubleday, Doran, 1938.
Dane, Clemence et al. L’Aiglon. Doubleday, Doran, 1934.
Dane, Clemence. Legend. William Heinemann, 1919.
Dane, Clemence. London Has a Garden. Michael Joseph, 1964.
Dane, Clemence. Regiment of Women. William Heinemann, 1917.
Dane, Clemence. The Moon is Feminine. William Heinemann, 1938.
Dane, Clemence. The Nelson Touch: An Anthology of Lord Nelson’s Letters. Heinemann, 1942.
Dane, Clemence. The Saviours. William Heinemann, 1942.
Sayers, Dorothy L. et al. “The Scoop: Parts I-XII”. The Listener, Vol.
Dane, Clemence. The Shelter Book. Longman’s, Green, 1940.
Dane, Clemence. The Way Things Happen. William Heinemann, 1923.
Dane, Clemence. The Women’s Side. Herbert Jenkins, 1926.
Dane, Clemence. Tradition and Hugh Walpole. Doubleday, Doran, 1929.