Leila Buckley

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Leila Charlotte Evelyn Petronella Buckley (16 January 1917 – 25 January 2013), née Porter, known by her pen name Frances Lobb, was an English poet, novelist and translator.[1] She was the daughter of Lt.-Col. Adrian Sydney Morton Porter OStJ, a King's Messenger,[2] and the author Rose Henniker Heaton.[3] Her grandfather was the postal reformer Sir John Henniker Heaton, 1st Baronet.[4]

She married, firstly, the renowned Oxford classicist Courtenay Edward Stevens in 1938. She and Courtenay Stevens were divorced. She married, secondly, Philip Strachan Buckley in 1949.[4]

During the Second World War she worked in the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office.[5]



  • The Vow, Book Guild, 1999[6]
  • The Strangers, Art & Educational Publishers, 1947[7]
  • Handsome Johnnie, Faber and Faber, 1941[8]


Leila Buckley translated works between English, German, Italian, French, Latin and ancient Greek. She is perhaps most famous as the English translator of Dino Buzzati's The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily.[9]

She translated Mussolini's Memoirs 1942-1943, (George Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1949) into English.[10]

Other works include:


  1. ^ "Leila BUCKLEY (Obituary)". The Times. 1 February 2013.
  2. ^ "The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem" (PDF). London Gazette. 24 June 1930. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  3. ^ Booth, Hannah (21 June 2005). "Nice girls don't eat cheese at dinner parties". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Mosley, Charles (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition. Delaware, USA: Genealogical Books) Ltd. p. 1872.
  5. ^ Buzzati, Dino (2016). The bears' famous invasion of Sicily. Lemony Snicket (Revised ed.). Richmond: Alma Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84749-572-3. OCLC 946221756.
  6. ^ OCLC entry. 2017. OCLC 59388779.
  7. ^ OCLC entry. 2017. OCLC 30159653 – via WorldCat.
  8. ^ OCLC entry. 2017. OCLC 29993704.
  9. ^ Healey, Robin (1998). Twentieth-Century Italian Literature in Translation: An Annotated Bibliography, 1929–1997. University of Toronto Press. p. 38.
  10. ^ National Library of Australia (1949). Memoirs 1942-1943. George Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  11. ^ Von Flotow, Luise (2016). "Translation and Gender: Translating in the 'Era of Feminism'". Routledge. p. 64. Retrieved 17 July 2017.