Gladys Bronwyn Stern

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Gladys Bronwyn Stern or GB Stern (17 June 1890 – 20 September 1973), born Gladys Bertha Stern in London, England, wrote many novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, biographies and literary criticism.

The National Portrait Gallery holds four portraits of her.[1]

Career[edit]

GB Stern was born on 17 June 1890 in North Kensington, London, the second, by some years, of two sisters.[1]

She wrote her first novel at the age of 20, and then continued to write a novel every year. Her "Rakonitz" novels, e.g. The Rakonitz Chronicles (1932), were based on her cosmopolitan, non-practising Jewish family. Her plays include The Man Who Pays The Piper (1931), which was revived by the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London in 2013.

With Sheila Kaye-Smith she wrote the dialogues Talking of Jane Austen and More Talk of Jane Austen. She also wrote a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Her final novel, Promise Not to Tell, was published in 1964.[1]

In 1966 her 1938 novel The Ugly Dachshund was made into a film, also titled The Ugly Dachshund.

She married New Zealander Geoffrey Lisle Holdsworth in 1919, and sometimes collaborated with him. After World War II she became a Catholic.

She died in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England on 28 September 1973.[1]

Daunt Books reissued The Matriarch on 27 June 2013.

Works[edit]

Plays[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Pantomime (1914)
  • See-Saw (1914)
  • Two and Threes (1916)
  • Grand Chain (1917)
  • A Marrying Man (1918)
  • Children of No Man's Land (1919)
  • Larry Munro (1920)
  • The Room (1922)
  • The Back Seat (1923)
  • Tents of Israel [US: The Matriarch] (1924)
  • Thunderstorm (1925)
  • A Deputy Was King (1926)
  • The Dark Gentleman (1927)
  • Debonair: The Story of Persephone (1928)
  • Petruchia [US: Modesta] (1929)
  • The Shortest Night (1931)
  • Little Red Horses (1932)
  • Long-Lost Fathers (1932)
  • The Rakonitz Chronicles (1932)
  • The Augs, An Exaggeration [US: 'Summer's Play'] (1933)
  • Shining and Free (1935)
  • Oleander River (1937)
  • The Ugly Dachshund (1938)
  • The Woman in the Hall (1939)
  • A Lion in the Garden (1940)
  • Dogs in an Omnibus (1942)
  • The Young Matriarch (1942)
  • The Reasonable Shores (1946)
  • No Son of Mine (1948)
  • A Duck to Water (1949)
  • Ten Days of Christmas (1950)
  • The Donkey Shoe (1952)
  • Johnny Forsaken (1954)
  • For All We Know (1955)
  • Seventy Times Seven(1957)
  • Unless I Marry (1959)
  • Credit Title (1961)
  • Dolphin Cottage (1962)
  • Promise Not to Tell (1964)

Short stories[edit]

  • Smoke Rings (1923)
  • Jack a'Manory (1927)
  • Gemini (1929)
  • The 1865 (1929)
  • Empty Tables (1929)
  • Sanctuary (1929)
  • A Man and His Mother (1929)
  • Lady Falconbridge (1929)
  • English Earth (1929)
  • Quiet Corner (1929)
  • The Road (1929)
  • Roulette (1929)
  • Echo from Ithaca (1929)
  • Toes Unmasked (1929)
  • The Slower Judas (1929)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (1934)
  • Pelican Walking (1934)
  • The Hazard of the Spanish Horses (1937)
  • Long Story Short (1939)

Biography and Literary Criticism[edit]

  • The Happy Meddler [With Geoffrey Holdsworth] (1926)
  • The Slower Judas (1929)
  • Talking of Jane Austen [With Sheila Kaye-Smith] (1943)
  • More Talk of Jane Austen [With Sheila Kaye-Smith] (1949)
  • R. L. S. An omnibus [Edited and introduced by G.B. Stern] (1950)
  • Selected Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson [Edited and introduced by G.B. Stern] (1950)
  • Tales and Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson [Edited and with an introduction by G. B. Stern] (1950)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1952)
  • He Wrote Treasure Island. The Story of Robert Louis Stevenson (1954)
  • The Patience of a Saint or, Example is Better Than Precept (1958)
  • Bernadette [Illustrated by Drake Brookshaw] (1960)

Autobiography, Memoirs[edit]

  • Bouquet (1927)
  • Monogram (1936)
  • Another Part of the Forest (1941)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (1944)
  • Benefits Forgot (1949)
  • A Name to Conjure With (1953)
  • All in Good Time (1954)
  • The Way It Worked Out: A Sequel to All in Good Time (1956)
  • And Did He Stop and Speak to You? (1957)
  • One Is Only Human (1960)

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Susan Brown, Patricia Clements, Isobel Grundy (2006–2013). "G B Stern". Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

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