Elsie Finnimore Buckley

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Elsie Finnimore Buckley
Born (1882-08-01)1 August 1882
Calcutta, British India
Died 6 June 1959(1959-06-06) (aged 76)
Depwade,[1] Norfolk, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Writer and translator

Elsie Finnimore Buckley (1 August 1882 – 6 June 1959[2]) was an English writer and translator.

Buckley was born in Calcutta, the daughter of Robert Burton Buckley, a civil engineer, and Ada Marian Sarah Finnimore. She was educated at Girton College, Cambridge. In March 1899, at age 16, Buckley won a gold medal in the Société Nationale des Professeurs de Français en Angleterre's annual French language and literature competition.[3] In 1920 she married the writer Anthony Ludovici.[4]

In Children of the Dawn, Old Tales of Greece (1909), it is noted that the writer possesses a terse simplicity of style, and that the book is an "almost inexhaustible treasure-house of the ancient Greek tales".[5] However, because the book was considered to be on a serious topic, a reviewer at the time said: "The plain truth is that this is not woman's work, and a woman has neither the knowledge nor the literary tact necessary for it."[6]

Essays from her book of Greek tales for children, Children of the Dawn, have appeared in other collections aimed at the younger audience.[7][8] The tales are still included in bibliographies of books on ancient cultures for young readers.[9]



  1. ^ Registration District
  2. ^ "Person Page - 61424". The Peerage. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "French Masters at the Mansion-House". The Times (London). 20 March 1899. p. 12. 
  4. ^ Girton College (1948). Girton College Register: 1869-1946. Privately printed for Girton College. p. 131. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Bookseller (Public domain ed.). J. Whitaker and Sons, Limited. 1908. pp. 54–. 
  6. ^ Tuchman, Gaye; Fortin, Nina E. (2012). Edging Women Out: Victorian Novelists, Publishers, and Social Change. New York: Routledge. p. 87. 
  7. ^ Buckly, Else Finnimore. The Curse of Echo. The Story Tellers' Magazine, Number 4 Volume 5. April 1917 [1]
  8. ^ Anna Cogswell Tyler (1921), Twenty-four unusual stories for boys and girls, New York: Harcourt, Brace 
  9. ^ Brazouski, Antoinette, and Mary J. Klatt. Children's Books on Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1994.
  10. ^ WorldCat item record

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