Enid Algerine Bagnold, Lady Jones, CBE (27 October 1889 – 31 March 1981), known by her maiden name as Enid Bagnold, was a British author and playwright, best known for the 1935 story National Velvet which was filmed in 1944 with Elizabeth Taylor.
She was born in Rochester, Kent, daughter of Colonel Arthur Henry Bagnold and his wife Ethel Alger, and brought up mostly in Jamaica. She went to art school at the school of Walter Sickert in London, and then worked for Frank Harris, who was also her first lover.
She was a nurse during World War I, writing critically of the hospital administration and being dismissed as a result. She was a driver in France for the remainder of the war years. She wrote of her hospital experiences in A Diary Without Dates and her driving experiences in The Happy Foreigner.
In 1920, she married Sir Roderick Jones (Chairman of Reuters) but continued to use her maiden name for her writing. They lived at North End House in Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex, (previously the home of Sir Edward Burne-Jones), the garden of which inspired her play The Chalk Garden. They had four children. Their great-granddaughter is Samantha Cameron, wife of the United Kingdom's current Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron.
Lady Jones died at Rottingdean in 1981 and is buried in St Margaret's churchyard.
|Library resources about
|By Enid Bagnold|
- A Diary Without Dates (1917) at The Internet Archive
- The Sailing Ships and other poems (1918)
- The Happy Foreigner (1920) at A Celebration of Women Writers
- Serena Blandish or the Difficulty of Getting Married (1924) as A Lady of Quality
- Alice & Thomas & Jane (1930)
- National Velvet (1935)
- The Door of Life (1938)
- The Squire (1938)
- Lottie Dundass (1943) play
- Two Plays (1944)
- The Loved and Envied (1951)
- Theatre (1951)
- The Girl's Journey (1954)
- The Chalk Garden (1955) play
- The Chinese Prime Minister (1964) play
- A Matter of Gravity (original title Call Me Jacky) (1967) play
- Autobiography (1969)
- Four Plays (1970)
- Poems (1978)
- Letters to Frank Harris & Other Friends (1980)
- Early Poems (1987)
- Anne Sebba (1986) Enid Bagnold, The Authorised Biography
- Lenemaja Friedman (1986) Enid Bagnold
- Enid Bagnold (1969) Enid Bagnold's Autobiography
- Cairo in the War: 1939-1945 (1989). ISBN 0-241-12671-1.p. 83
- Works by or about Enid Bagnold in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Works by Enid Bagnold at Project Gutenberg
- Enid Bagnold at the Internet Broadway Database
- Selected performances in Theatre Archive University of Bristol
- Enid Bagnold at the Internet Movie Database
- Some context of the interwar pony story in which Bagnold's National Velvet was conceived
- Page at Spartacus