Ruth Bedford

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Ruth M. Bedford
Born Ruth Marjory Bedford
(1882-08-02)2 August 1882
Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
Died 24 July 1963(1963-07-24) (aged 80)
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation poet and novelist

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]

Bedford wrote a number of poems for various Australian newspapers, especially The Sydney Morning Herald", where her poetry appeared over a 30-year period. "The Brisbane Courier" described her as a poet who "writes attractive verse, reflective and sensitive to a degree."[3]

In 1931, Ruth Bedford established the Sydney PEN Centre in collaboration with her friend, the poet Dorothea Mackellar.[4] As honorary secretary she traveled to Buenos Aires as the club's representative in 1936.[5]

Ruth Bedford never married and died in Paddington, New South Wales in 1963.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • Rhymes (1893)
  • Sydney at Sunset and Other Verses (1911)
  • Rosycheeks and Goldenhead (1914)
  • Fairies and Fancies (1929) children's poetry
  • The Learner and Other Verses (1937)
  • Who's Who in Rhyme and Without Reason (1948)

Biography[edit]

  • Think of Stephen: a family chronicle (1954)

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. ^ "Australian Poetesses", The Brisbane Courier", 7 July 1928, p22
  4. ^ The Quarterly Sydney PEN, issue 126 – november 2006
  5. ^ "The P.E.N. Club", The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 1936, p10