Ruth Bedford

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Ruth Bedford (1882 – 1963) was an Australian poet, playwright and fiction writer.

Career[edit]

Born in Petersham, Sydney, to Alfred Percival Bedford and Agnes Victoria Stephen, daughter of Sir Alfred Stephen, an influential chief justice, whose family she wrote about in her humorous book A Family Chronicle (1954).[1] Ruth Bedford and her sisters Sylvia and Alfreda were educated at home by governesses. Bedford proved a talented verse writer from an early age: her first book, Rhymes by Ruth was published when she was eleven years old in 1893 (revised and reprinted 1896).[2] In 1931, Ruth Bedford established the Sydney PEN Centre in collaboration with her friend, the poet Dorothea Mackellar.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde, Oxford University Press, 1996
  2. ^ http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130173b.htm Australian Dictionary of Biography
  3. ^ The Quarterly Sydney PEN, issue 126 – november 2006