Enid Bagnold

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Enid Algerine Bagnold, Lady Jones, CBE (27 October 1889 – 31 March 1981) was a British author and playwright, best known for the 1935 story National Velvet which was filmed in 1944 with Elizabeth Taylor.

Part of the former home of Enid Bagnold in Rottingdean

She was born in Rochester, Kent. daughter of Colonel Arthur Henry Bagnold and his wife, Ethel (née Alger), and brought up mostly in Jamaica. She went to art school in London, and then worked for Frank Harris, who became her lover.[citation needed]

During the First World War she became a nurse, writing critically of the hospital administration and being dismissed as a result. After that she was a driver in France for the remainder of the war years. She wrote about her hospital experiences in A Diary Without Dates,[1] and about her experiences as a driver in The Happy Foreigner.[2][3]

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, Rottingdean, near Brighton (previously the home of Sir Edward Burne-Jones), the garden of which inspired her play, The Chalk Garden.

The couple had four children. Their great-granddaughter is Samantha Cameron, wife of the United Kingdom's current Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron.[4]

Death[edit]

Bagnold died at Rottingdean in 1981, aged 91, and is interred at St Margaret's churchyard there.[5]

Other[edit]

During the Second World War, Bagnold's brother Ralph Bagnold founded the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG), a precursor of the SAS.[6]

Works[edit]

  • A Diary Without Dates (1917)
  • The Sailing Ships and other poems (1918)
  • The Happy Foreigner (1920)
  • Serena Blandish or the Difficulty of Getting Married (1924)
  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Diary Without Dates
  2. ^ The Happy Foreigner
  3. ^ Profile: "A Celebration of Women Writers", upenn.edu; accessed 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ Clarke, Melonie; Gumley-Mason, Helena (26 November 2013). "Samantha Cameron's Sari Diplomacy". The Lady. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Works by Enid Bagnold at Project Gutenberg
  6. ^ Cairo in the War: 1939-1945 (1989); ISBN 0-241-12671-1, pg. 83

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