Dorothy Whipple

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Dorothy Whipple
Writer Dorothy Whipple.jpg
Born 26 February 1893
Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died 14 September 1966 (aged 73)
Blackburn, United Kingdom
Pen name Dorothy Whipple
Occupation Writer
Nationality English United Kingdom
Period 20th century
Genre Popular fiction
Website
www.persephonebooks.co.uk/dorothy-whipple/

Dorothy Whipple (née Stirrup) (26 February 1893 in Blackburn, Lancashire – 14 September 1966, Blackburn, Lancashire) was an English writer of popular fiction and children's books.[1]

Overview[edit]

Described as the "Jane Austen of the 20th Century" by J. B. Priestley,[2] her work enjoyed a period of great popularity between the wars, two of her novels being made into feature films, They Were Sisters[3] (1945) and They Knew Mr. Knight[4] (1946). While the popularity of her work declined in the 1950s, it has seen a recent revival; six of her novels have recently been republished by Persephone Books. A volume of her collected short stories was published in October 2007.[5] Five of these were broadcast as The Afternoon Reading on BBC Radio 4. After the death of her husband in 1958, Dorothy Whipple returned to Blackburn, where she died in 1966.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Young Anne (1927)
  • High Wages (1930)
  • Greenbanks (1932)
  • They Knew Mr. Knight (1934)
  • The Priory (1939)
  • They Were Sisters (1943)
  • Every Good Deed (1946)
  • Because Of The Lockwoods (1949)
  • The Other Day: An Autobiography (1950)
  • Someone at a Distance (1953)
  • Wednesday and Other Stories (1961)
  • Tale of Very Little Tortoise (1962)
  • The Smallest Tortoise of All (1964)
  • Little Hedgehog (1965)
  • Random Commentary: Books And Journals Kept from 1925 Onwards (1966)
  • Mrs.Puss and That Kitten (1967)
  • On Approval
  • After Tea

Republished by Persephone Books[edit]

  • Someone at a Distance (1999)
  • They Knew Mr. Knight (2000)
  • The Priory (2003)
  • They Were Sisters (2005)
  • The Closed Door and other stories (2007)
  • Someone at a Distance (2008)
  • High Wages (2009)
  • Greenbanks (2011)
  • Because of the Lockwoods (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dorothy Whipple Biography". Britannica Encyclopedia. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Cottontown Website entry on Dorothy Whipple Archived March 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ bkoganbing (20 September 1946). "They Were Sisters (1945)". IMDb. 
  4. ^ malcolmgsw (4 March 1946). "They Knew Mr. Knight (1946)". IMDb. 
  5. ^ "Books published by Persephone Books". 
  6. ^ "Local novelist was described as the 'Jane Austen of the 20th century'". Nottingham Post. 

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