John Van Druten

Standard Name: Van Druten, John


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Dedications Pamela Frankau
This novel consists of three sections. The opening one, The Duchess and the Smugs, was rejected by a long list of American magazines under its first title, The Moon, the Duchess and the Other...
Friends, Associates Dodie Smith
In America, DS developed close and enduring friendships with the writers John Van Druten and Christopher Isherwood . Isherwood dedicated his novel The World in the Evening to her.
Grove, Valerie. Dear Dodie: The Life of Dodie Smith. Chatto and Windus.
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Friends, Associates G. B. Stern
Other plums were Max Beerbohm , H. G. Wells , Somerset Maugham , J. B. Priestley , and Humbert Wolfe . Questioned by a reporter about the reason for the party, GBS suggested that she...
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 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
Literary responses G. B. Stern
John Van Druten apparently found this character exasperating.
Stern, G. B. Trumpet Voluntary. Cassell.
Literary responses Jane Welsh Carlyle
In the early twentieth century she held near-canonical status. Playwright John Van Druten , who was just a century younger than JWC , later recalled being deeply struck as a twelve-year-old boy by her account...
Reception Rebecca West
The novel was well received in Britain and America, and established West's reputation as a fiction writer.
Rollyson, Carl. Rebecca West: A Saga of the Century. Hodder and Stoughton.
In 1928 it was adapted for the stage by John Van Druten , and years later, in...
Residence Pamela Frankau
PF lived for ten years in the USA: both in California and in Cambridge, Massachusetts. John Van Druten later paid her to anglicise his play Bell, Book and Candle, adapting it from the...


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Stern, G. B., and John Van Druten. The Rakonitz Chronicles. Chapman and Hall, 1932.
Van Druten, John. The Widening Circle. Heinemann, 1957.