Lesley Storm

Standard Name: Storm, Lesley
Birth Name: Mabel Margaret Cowie
Married Name: Mabel Margaret Clark
Pseudonym: Lesley Storm
In a writing career that spanned forty-three years of the twentieth century, LS produced seventeen plays, eleven novels, seven film-scripts, and a volume of short stories. Many of her plays turn on the subjects of marriage and sexual relationships. They often focus on the effects of marital constraints on wives, or the social conventions of gender relations more broadly considered (including sexual morality and questions of fidelity). Many of her female characters suffer punishment for sexual or social transgressions. In the 1940s and 50s she also concerned herself with issues like religion, politics, and the civilian experience of war. Her plays have been praised for their pointed, sarcastic, and humorous dialogue, which brings comedy to dramatic situations involving personal and social frustration.


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Textual Production Graham Greene
This was filmed in 1953, with Trevor Howard as Scobie, in an adaptation in part by Lesley Storm (who also worked with Graham on the screenplay of his fiction The Fallen Idol).


1951: The title of Leslie Allen Paul's memoirs,...

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The title of Leslie Allen Paul 's memoirs, Angry Young Man, provided the term Angry Young Men, applied in newspapers and then by critics to a group of largely working-class, socially rebellious, young...


Storm, Lesley. Black Chiffon. English Theatre Guild, 1950.
Storm, Lesley. Black Chiffon. Samuel French, 1951.
Storm, Lesley. Heart of a City. Dramatists Play Service, 1942.
Storm, Lesley. Lady, What of Life?. Cassell, 1927.
Storm, Lesley. Look, No Hands!. Samuel French, 1972.
Storm, Lesley. Roar Like a Dove. Heinemann, 1958.
Storm, Lesley. The Day’s Mischief. Samuel French, 1952.
Storm, Lesley. The Long Echo. Samuel French, 1957.
Storm, Lesley. The Paper Hat. Samuel French, 1966.
Storm, Lesley. Tony Draws a Horse. Samuel French, 1939.