Winifred Peck

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Winifred Frances Peck (née Knox) (1882, Headington – 20 November 1962) (Lady Peck) was an author of literary fiction and biographies. She was a member of a remarkable family: her father was Edmund Arbuthnott Knox, the fourth Bishop of Manchester, and her siblings were E. V. Knox, editor of Punch, Ronald Knox, theologian and writer,[1] Dilly Knox, cryptographer, Wilfred Lawrence Knox, clergyman, and Ethel Knox. Peck's niece was the Booker Prize-winning author Penelope Fitzgerald who wrote a biography of her father, E. V. Knox, and her uncles, entitled The Knox Brothers.

Peck was one of the first 40 pupils to attend Wycombe Abbey School, and she went on to read Modern History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.[1]

Peck’s first book was a biography of Louis IX in 1909. Ten years after this, she began her novel-writing career which saw twenty-five books over a period of forty years, including House-bound (1942)[2] which was reprinted in 2007 by Persephone Books. Also included among her work are two books on the subject of her own childhood, A Little Learning (1952) and Home for the Holidays (1955).[3]

In 1911 she married James Peck, a British civil servant,[1] who was awarded a knighthood in 1938.[4] They had two sons.[4]


In her Who's Who entry, Peck listed the following books by her:[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ No date is given, and the book is not listed in the catalogue of the British Library or WorldCat
  1. ^ a b c Obituary, The Times, 22 November 1962, p.18
  2. ^ a b "Peck, Winifred Frances, (Lady Peck)", Who Was Who, online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014, retrieved 9 May 2014 (subscription required)
  3. ^ Peck, Winifred 1882–1962 WorldCat, retrieved 9 May 2014
  4. ^ a b "Peck, Sir James Wallace", Who Was Who, online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014, retrieved 9 May 2014 (subscription required)

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