Eleanor Smith

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Lady Eleanor Furneaux Smith (1902, Birkenhead – 1945) was an English writer. The eldest of the politician F. E. Smith's three children, she worked as a society reporter and cinema reviewer for a while, then as a publicist for circus companies. In the latter role she travelled more widely, and gained inspiration for her third career, writing popular novels and short stories which often provided the basis for the 'Gainsborough melodramas' of the period. These stories often had a romanticised historical or Gypsy setting, based on her own research into Romany culture (she believed one of her paternal great-grandmothers to have been a Gypsy).[1] Smith also wrote ghost stories; many of them were collected in her book Satan's Circus (1932).[1] Smith was a supporter of the Conservative Party.[1]


Year Novel Film adaptation
Red Wagon Red Wagon (1933)
Tzigane Gypsy (1937)
Ballerina The Men in Her Life (1941)
The Man in Grey The Man in Grey (1943)
Caravan Caravan (1946)


  1. ^ a b c Richard Dalby, (editor) The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century: Volume Two.Virago, London, 1991. 1-85381-454-7 (p.318).

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