Standard Name: Smith, Dodie
Birth Name: Dorothy Gladys Smith
Nickname: Dodie Smith
Married Name: Dorothy Gladys Beesley
Pseudonym: Carol Anthony
Pseudonym: C. L. Anthony
Pseudonym: Charles Henry Percy
Dodie Smith, best known for writing the beloved children's novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956), began her career as a dramatist; she wrote a series of hit plays in the 1930s. In the 1940s she turned to publishing novels (including the best-selling I Capture the Castle in 1948) and spent her last years writing several volumes of autobiography. After the war, sometimes experienced difficulties getting her work published or produced; she fell out of favour with critics who found her work too sentimental, charming, and cosy, particularly in contrast to the work of Angry Young Men such as and . Her biggest successes from this later period were with younger audiences.