Cigarette card portrait of G.B. Stern

G.B. Stern 1890-1973 Timeline

This timeline is extracted from my working notes and as such is unfinished. Where possible I have added in the sources of my information in abbreviated form.

Brick house with arched windows, grade 2 listed
MillBrook cottage, Blewberry

1890 June 17 Gladys Bronwen Stern (or spelt Bronwyn, originally Bertha) born 99 St Mark’s Road, North Kensington, later moved to 42 Ladbroke Road, Notting Hill. To Albert Stern and Elizabeth (Elise) Schwabcher (1859-1939). Maternal grandfather was Rabonitz from Vienna and they moved to London in 1872. She had an older sister six years, Clara May (later Mrs Malden). Walks in Kensington Gardens, nannied summers in Broadstairs (APF 40). Aged 8 did first channel crossing to Blankenberghe, Belgium (APF 42).

1898 to July 1907 at Notting Hill High School, (aged 7 write plays APF 44) then day school in Wiesbaden, Germany and finishing school at Montreux, Switzerland (aged 17 published her first poem). Summer months often took a house in Taplow or Maidenhead and double skiff for the season.

Late teens she wrote a story for a juvenile Patriotic Reader “Patches of Red” (APK 77)

One secretary was Suzanne Waud who was her secretary after she left school and before, aged 19 she joined the WRNS (BNA Yorkshire Post & LI 6 June 1947, 6)

1904 aged 14 Vaal River diamond crash lost money, began 11 years moving from furnished flats to hotels. Went to Brighton for several months after compelled to give up their house in Holland Park (APF 36) Hotel called the Hollywood – as in tree before film studios

1907 at finishing school in Weisbaden (APF 34 years ago p. 37)

1908 April to June 1909 attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

1909 Her play Thetis performed by a girls club in the Royal Albert hall (BNA)

1911 Census suggests she was at Maidenhead, Berkshire

1914 She published her novel Pantomime with Hutchinson dedicated to Dion Clayton Calthrop, A reviewer said it was ‘too factitious and flashy’ in style but ‘skilfully builds up an interest in her [young girl’s] affair of the heart by showing its progress through interpolated chapters of somewhat tawdry symbolism based on the movement of the old-fashioned pantomime’ The Scotsman 15 January BNA.

1914 She published See-Saw with Hutchinson to May, The Scotsman’s reviewer says ‘It is the story of a failure that the author has to tell in this book , which depicts with considerable power and a fund of humour and pathos a woman’s struggle for a career’ 19 October. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser says ‘The Novel is spasmodically written, and its ironic climax is a little disappointing’ 24 October.

1915 Her short story ‘A Living Picture’ in The London Magazine in March

1916 She published her novel Twos and Threes with Nisbet few reviews and The Globe merely stated it ‘is a story of two girls and a man, who tried to maintain a triangular friendship, but although their conception of intellectual conversation is elliptical enough to send an ordinary mind to Bedlam it does not prevent the usual reduction of three to two’ 29 April

1917 She published The Grand Chain with Nisbet, the reviewer in the Aberdeen Press Journal writes in an alarming style ‘A powerful and clever novel is this impressive comment life, embracing with elaborate care and detail the whole compass a man’s life. But there is a touch unpleasant innuendo, occasional coarse sentiment, a crude, insistent cleverness, half-ashamed recklessness the search for significance, that jar on the reader. Yet throughout the novel there is an eager, youthful sincerity, a nervous, witching energy of character and motive; above all, a shrewd grasp of life, which give to this searching character novel a throbbing ebb and flow of life, movement, and incident.’ 21 May.

1917 Nov 23 Universal and GBS ‘For Husbands Only”

1918 She published A Marrying Man with Nisbet, now known as Miss Gladys Stern.

1918 In July she gave a witty and amusing paper at the London To-Morrow club on the “Distractions of the Novelist”. 

1918 For Husbands Only (Smalley and Weber, USA) from her story Lois Weber did script.

1918 With Noel Coward in St Merryn, Cornwall in August

1919 Published in November Children of No Man’s Land with Duckworth dedicated to Geoffrey Lisle Holdsworth. The Bystander says ‘the chief problem of this rather singular book is the vexed and sometimes ludicrous question of nationality …. perhaps it is beyond human power to work out such a problem as Miss Stern sets out to present. In any case, the book, however unlovable you may think it, is a piece of work which merits particular attention.’ 24 December

1919 married Geoffrey Lisle Holdsworth a New Zealander, and lived in Diano Marina in Liguria Italy for 6 years (APF 58, 79 – elsewhere she says 6 or 7).

         Holdsworth recalls a sordid little street Rudolph Rd, North Maida Vale, London, (which was three roads away from Clemence Dane at Castellian Mansions), trips to Vienna and Italy, a trip to Cornwall, Covernack, Mullion, Landewednack church, Lizard. They kept a dog Tessa who had 9 puppies. (Holdsworth’s pseudonymous autobiographical, The Rest is Lies by Carey 1931).

1919 For Husbands Only (Smalley and Weber, USA) released in England, and later also in France (1922) and Sweden.

1920 Her one act play with D.C.F Harding For Husbands Only was performed with three others at the Ambassadors Theatre, Willoughby Play Productions matinee 4 June. ‘[o]ne expected something a little better’ said the Westminster Gazette, ‘Still, it was amusing enough’ 5 June.

1920 She and Sheila Kaye-Smith and Rebecca West are in Cornwall [12 September, Sunday Mirror] Reported later that Stern and Sheila Kaye Smith shared a studio flat in London but Kaye Smith found Sussex calm best for writing 27 August 1923 Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer

1921 The Curse of Westacott (Paul, Raymond, UK) short film

1921 She published Larry Munro (aka The China Shop with Knopf) dedicated to Noel Coward.

1921 June 19 [1921 census] at 4 Pembroke Walk Shedirs, Kensington. Her occupation is author and Geoffrey’s is freelance journalist 4 years younger born in Croydon Surrey

1921 The Sketch publishes a photo of her and Sheila Kaye-Smith at the latter’s home 5 October.

1921 John O London Weekly Stern’s ‘Cinderella’s Sister’ Dec 10 6: 303

1921 The Sketch publishes a series of short stories by G.B. Stern ‘Tales with a sting: Six Fools’, ‘I Achille’ 7 Dec, 18, 62; ‘II P.L.M.’ 14 Dec, 18, 62; ‘III The New Elaine’ 21 Dec, 18, 52; ‘IV The Wife of Pantaloon’ 28 Dec, 18, 49; ‘V The Horoscope Man’ 4 Jan 1922, 18; ‘VI The Broad-Minded Experiment’ 11 Jan 1922, 16; ‘Shaded Lights’ [not in the series] 8 Feb 1922, 16; ‘Tales with a sting: Leading lady’, 12 July 1922, 30,58. ‘Double Ruff’ 9 Aug 1922, 30; The Penitent Wife’ 23 Aug 1922, 18, 54; ‘Ulysses up to date’ 30 Aug, 30, 54; Simpleton at the feast’ 13 Sept 1922, 18,72; ‘Ninion – A legacy’ 27 Sept 1922, 18, 54;

1922 She published The Room with Chapman & Hall (UK) in and Knopf (USA) with whom she has an agreement for three novels. ‘the first half of the book is splendid, the second half chaotic. It is the life story of a young girl Ursula. We see her in the midst of her family at the Laburnums, one of those substantial villas known to Suburbia and Provincial Life. I have never read a more effective analysis of such a family. And the idea of Ursula’s attachment to a room to herself and the preservation of her own soul is finely conceived. Who is there but at a certain age is not in love with loneliness, however much we may grow to see it as the very acme of tragedy The first half of The Room is a great novel by itself, if a short one.’ C.K.S The Sphere, 22 April 102

1922 The Daily Mirror 2 May says she and her husband give ‘conversation teas’ where newer writers come Sheila Kaye Smith, Clemence Dane, Rebecca West and Rose Macaulay, and occasionally H.G. Wells, J. D. Beresford and May Sinclair.

1922 She and Rebecca West holiday together in Devonshire in August

1923 Visited Vienna

1923 She published The Back Seat with Chapman & Hall and Knopf. The Daily Herald says ‘There is a great deal of genuine pathos in G. B. Stern’s sympathetic treatment this difficult transition stage from a prolonged youth to definite middle-age’ 2 May, 9.

1923 The Sketch continues their series of short stories by G.B. Stern. Little Slam III- Re-Double’ 13 June, 22, 74; ‘VI: Discard from weakness’, 20 June, 22, 76; ‘V: A Palpable Over-call’, 27 June, 20,74; ‘VI. A Lead from Dummy’ 4 Jul, 22, 72;

1923 Publishes an article on ‘Books of a Victorian Child’ in the Empire Review July/August

1923 Her Smoke Rings collection of short stories from The Sketch and Illustrated London News published in October with Chapman & Hall

1924 Tents of Israel (in US The Matriarch: a Chronicle) published in September with Chapman & Hall, dedicated to John Galsworthy

1924 The Sketch short stories written with her husband. ‘At the Little Hot Dog: I. The diverting history of the double Franz’, 2 Apr 24, 102. ‘II. Tickety Tack and the blue girl’ 9 Apr, 20; ‘III. The strange case of the man who couldn’t taste pepper’ 16 Apr, 37, 74; ‘IV. The breathless affair of the last Tango but one’, 23 Apr, 22, 72; ‘VI. The incredible story of the Goblin and the Rathauskeller’, 7 May, 26,92; ‘VII. The man who was to be marries in the morning’, 14 May, 22, 80; ‘VIII. The experience of the king who ran away’, 21 May, 20, 82; ‘IX. The fantasia of the Punchinello Prince,’ 28 May, 31, 80, 82; ‘X. The hazard of the Spanish horses,’ 4 June, 26, 92; XII. The escapade of Veronica and the Hungarian Dancer,’ 18 June, 24, 80;

1924 Back from Italy and attended the P.E.N. club dinner in July

1924 She has been to America recently with her husband staying with Rebecca West and Clemence Dane (Three Musketeers of the Pen) according to the Nottingham Evening Post 4 August, 3. Stern and West in Austrian lake resort, 1 Sept, 5.

1925 Windsor Magazine January number has a short story by Stern and Holdsworth (a Happy Meddler Tale) and Hugh Walpole.

1925 she published ‘Modern Marriage Conditions’ in Good Housekeeping in March ‘either women must be granted the bright, vivid, self-reliance they demand, the financial power equality with men, happy unconventionalities of their new freedom—and work for these; or else, choosing the parasite flesh-pots, the idleness and perpetual ease that were accessories of the pretty petulant life led by their pretty petulant mothers and grandmothers when young, they must allow the donor these gifts the privilege cherishing them while they cling.’ Ballymena Weekly Telegraph 14 Mar, 6.

1925 She published Thunderstorm with Chapman & Hall in May. Truth says ‘A concentrated study of temperaments and emotions, in the persons of the English tenants of an Italian country house and their two Italian servants, whose psychology is a perpetual enigma to their employers. Miss Stern handles her story with great skill and her characters with much subtle and sympathetic insight.’ 3 June, 46.

1925 Louis Golding interviews her in Liguria, Italy with her dogs.

1925 She publishes “The Chinese Coat’ in Home Magazine July

1925 Another short story of their whimsical hero ‘The Happy Medler’ is in the Christmas number of The Windsor magazine and January 1926

1926 The Sheffield Independent reports that some writers ‘prefer a writing-room that is more like office than anything else in its furnishings; indeed, at G. B. Stem’s house Italy the microscopic apartment in which “The Tents of Israel” was written contains little more than a table for a typewriter, and a couple of chairs for herself and secretary. And she can work no matter how full her house visitors, or how great the din they make.’ 6 Feb, 10

1926 Lives near Florence, then San Remo with husband, The Happy Meddler hero Richard Spurnville Carew of 13 tales of humorous knight-errantry published March with Ward Lock. Alec Waugh and Rebecca West visit this spring but she is taking a little trip to Vienna and Budapest. Westminster Gazette 13 Mar, 8.

1926 A Deputy was King (sequel to Tents) published Sept with Chapman & Hall Western Morning News said ‘written as masterly a manner her previous novel ” Tents of Israel,” and rising to a remarkable crescendo dramatic intensity.’ 27 Sept, 9.

1926 In July stayed in UK with Sheila Kaye-Smith, though 10 months of year she is in Italy. Cook and house maid joint wages £12 per year. Dundee Courier 12 July, 10

1926 She publishes the short story “The Mother” in The Windsor Magazine July.

1926 Went with her husband and two friends Humphrey and Rosemary on a wine tour from Provence to the Rhône, across the Massif Central to Bordeaux, along the Loire Valley, across to Burgundy, and returning to Avignon.

1926 Noel Coward dedicated his play “The Queen was in the Parlour”, to Stern.

1926 Contributes to Good Housekeeping October issue “Women as Wives” alongside Dane on women writers.

1927 Stern writes about Sheila Kaye-Smith before she became a novelist in T.P.’s and Cassell’s Weekly

1927 She publishes The Dark Gentleman in Feb with Chapman & Hall, a novel through the eyes of dogs, reviewers in The Sketch and the Hull Daily Mail were unconvinced about the conversations coming from their lips.

1927 She publishes Bouquet with Chapman & Hall in May

1927 Entertain Noel Coward in their villa in Diano Marina April. Living in Italy, Mussolini edict to count Olive trees. Husband and Gladys, Humphrey and wife Rosemary (quartette who had been on wine tour through France recounted in Bouquet) counted.

1927 At the P.E.N Soire in July Stern introduced Veronica Poindestre (elsewhere Pointdexter) from Jersey as the heroine of her new novel Debonair.

1927 She published her short story ‘The Pink Balloon’ Leicester Chronicle 16 July, 5.

1927 In the August issue of Home her new novel ‘Revolt’ is serialized.

After Italy (6 years) in London for 8 years focal point of Bond street, Regent Street and Piccadilly and for 2-3 months a year stayed in South of France, twice went to NY, three times at Easter, Christmas and then Christmas again to Isle of Skye, twice to Copenhagen. Then with friends in Sussex, Essex, Kent, Hampshire, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds. (APF 79)

1927 In London August before a lecture tour in America

1927 She published Jack A Manory Sept with Chapman & Hall.

1927 Attends the New Theatre production Saturday 3 September

1927 Attends “The Golden Calf” at the Globe Theatre, is in London until the end of October. She lunched with Miss Edna Ferber, both are having plays made of their stories.

1927 Attended Osbert & Sacheverell Sitwell’s play ‘All at Sea. A Social Tragedy in Three Acts for First Class Passengers Only’ 27 November with Rebecca West.

1927 She or Rebecca West?? had a breakdown (possibly due to marriage ending)

1928 She published Debonair with Chapman & Hall in January

1928 June 7 GBS and Andrew Dakers of the Adelphi “At the Little Hot Dog” film rights £175. British International Pictures secured film rights to her stories of Viennese cabaret life “At the Little Hot Dog” in Jack A Manory to be produced by Castleton Knight.

1928 Holiday issue of the Daily Mirror in August featured Stern’s ‘Maid of Honour’.

1928 She is busy adapting Tents of Israel for the stage, while rights for Debonair have been acquired for Miss Tallulah Bankhead.

1928 John O’ London’s Weekly 14 Oct 1928  ‘My first novel:  What I think of it now’

1928 Reported by the Daily Mirror as having been rather seriously ill, 15 Oct

1929 The Matriarch play opened 8 May. Harris Deans said ‘I have not yet read Miss G. B. Stern’s novel Tents of Israel,” but her adaptation impressed me so much I bought a copy before I left the theatre, and am almost hoping for a wet Sunday afternoon this week, so that I can sit and enjoy it’ Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News 18 May, though she is a better novelist than dramatist.

1929 June 28 Agreement between Carl Strakosch, Copenhagen and GBS (Peters) for the performing rights of The Matriarch in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland £50 advance, must be produced in 18 mo and royalty of 5% gross box office receipts

1929 Dedicates Petruchio her novel to Clemence Dane ‘in gratitude’

1929 Dorset Daily Echo short story ‘Hock or Sherry’ by Stern and Geoffrey Holdsworth, Dec 18 1929

1929 June 28 Agreement Shubert Theatre Corp and Frank Vernon, Virginia Fox Brooks Vernon (proprietors of the play), and GBS (Peters) for The Matriarch play in USA and Canada $1000 advance on royalties, rewrite act 1 of play to make family conference on stage not off and clause for Frank Vernon to produce the play at 1% royalty plus first class steam ship fare and $300 pw expenses for 4 weeks in NY

1929 She publishes Petruchio in September with Chapman & Hall

1929 Stern attended the meetings of the Femina Vie Heureuse prize committee 15 Oct 1929, 20 Nov 1929, 30 Mar 1931, 20 Apr 1931, 24 Feb 1932, 9 Nov 1932, 24 Oct 1933, 31 Oct 1934, 7 Dec 1934. She was president in 1932

1929 Oct 30 G Albany to Samuel French – on expiry of Schubert Cor agreement on 28 June 1929 French will have  further ¼ share in amateur rights  in remaining proportion of English speaking world for $250.

1929 GBS and Frank Vosper, right to collaborate with her on a dramatisation of her novel ‘Debonair’

1929 Mrs Patrick Campbell starred in stage version of The Matriarch

1929 She published ‘A Good Old-Fashioned Christmas’ Vogue 27 Nov.

1929 She and Holdsworth publish ‘Hock or Sherry?’ Worthing Gazette 24 Dec, 10.

1930 She goes to Dumas’s play Lady of the Camellias starring Tallulah with Arnold Bennett, Rebecca West, Edith Shackleton and Mrs Claude Beddington, Tuesday March 11

1930 She and Frank Vosper dramatized her novel Debonair which opened at the Lyric 23 April. Clario said ‘Miss Stern certainly does not spare the ” bright young things ” of to-day. As a study of modern life and tendencies it is interesting. You must refrain from a wish to slap the young woman, and remember she is only doing what men have done for years and people merely called “wild oats.”’ 1 June, 21 success for young actress Celia Johnson.

1930 Noel Coward sells G.B. Stern his picture of harbour scene by moonlight for £1 18s 6d – in jest and it is insured for £2000.

1930 Publishes Mosaic (Rakonitz Chronicle) with Chapman & Hall in October. Clemence Dane in the Bystander calls Stern a poacher and writes ‘In order to write it she has poached on her own preserves. She has gone through her finest book, Tents of Israel, and its sequel, A Deputy Was King, and lifted from these two tales all that made them the great, rollicking, triumphant stories they are, and has constructed another equally important book out of the loot’ 29 Oct, 13

She ends: ‘Tastes differ it is possible that some readers will find Mosaic as overwhelming as Berthe and fight shy of it. People who loathe Rubens, are bored by Rabelais, never have weeds in their gardens, or holes in their stockings, or dogs on chairs, will dislike it. But for people who enjoy noise on occasion, and who buy their flowers for preference from the flower-coster, this is the book! It is also a book for lovers of good writing. To write of riot calmlv to write with distinction of vulgarity and dispassionately of nerves to do this is to delight the reader who reads for the manner as much as the reader who reads for the matter of a book.’ It is the Book Society’s choice for October

1930 agreement with Universal ‘For Husbands Only” $500 3 February

1930 She supports The People’s Theatre, becoming a member. The Era, 15 Oct, 8.

1931 Diana Wynyard accepted on sight ‘Man who Pays the Piper’, to be produced at St Martins, 11 February The Scotsman said it was ‘a number of bright lines’ … but ‘the play as a whole is disappointing’, Daily Mirror said it ‘oscillates too often between comedy and farce.’ 11 Feb, 2. Stern missed first performance in bed with influenza.

1931 Decision to take off “The Man Who Pays the Piper” was made Wednesday after 6 performances Sunday Mirror 15 Feb, Purchased in August by Horace Liverlight for NY. And it played in repertory all through to 1938.

1931 Announced that Five Farthings an adaptation by A.R. Rawlinson from a short story will be at the Haymarket

1931 Sent floral tribute to Arnold Bennett’s funeral 31 March

1931 She published The Shortest Night with Heinemann her murder mystery ‘will keep many a holiday-maker entertained this summer’ Dundee Evening Telegraph 31 July, 9.

1931 Attended Mrs Aria’s birthday party in her house in Buckingham Gate with Gilbert Frankau, Benn W. Levy and William Gerhardi. Morecambe Guardian 21 Aug, 8.

1931 She publishes ‘Revolution Among the Breadwinners’ in Good Housekeeping October

1932 She publishes ‘It’s a wise child’ in February issue of Britannia and Eve

1932 She publishes a pen portrait of Noel Coward in Nash’s Magazine in April

1932 Attended the premiere of J.B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner with Margaret Kennedy, Kate O’Brian, Somerset Maugham and Hugh Walpole.  Thence to a supper parts at Quaglinos with Lady Carisbrooke, Sir Charles Biron, Mrs Gladys Calthrop and Noel Coward. Daily Mirror 19 May, 11.

1932 The Daily Herald 21 May reports G.B. Stern has petitioned for divorce in the lists for next term. Married 13 years. May

1932 Published Little Red Horses (about the Theatre) with Heinemann, May

1932 She is at Captain Molyneux’s villa La Capponcina at Cap d’Ail, Riviera, France with Gertrude Lawrence (before a play by John Van Druten) with Miss “Niki” Pointdexter, Helen Downes and Mr Kim Peacock Bystander, 29 June, 24

1932 The Cornishman quoted from G.B. Stern’s description of a thief being accosted by three women in Time and Tide, 28 July, 4

1932 Her Long Lost Father was issued in Benn’s ninepenny novels series, September

1932 Omnibus of her saga of three novels available as Rakonitz Chronicles from Chapman & Hall October 8/6 with a preface by John Van Druten.

1932 She was elected president of the Femina Vie Heureuse and Northcliffe Prize Committee October, Daily Mirror 15 Oct, 6,7

1932 She was the subject of Sunday Graphic’s ‘Skeleton in the Cupboard’ series 12 Nov and has a special feature in Nash’s Magazine in November

1932 Attends ‘Springtime for Henry’ at the Apollo and caught on camera with Auriol Lee Tatler 16 Nov, 11

1932 The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer announced that G.B. Stern is appearing for the first time in German translation 12 Nov, 6

1932 Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine Christmas number has her article on ‘The Gentle Art of Giving Books’

1933 She describes her friend Noel Coward as ‘fundamentally a Savonarola. He is Brother Bless-the-Lord fallen accidentally into our times from the Cromwellian period.’ Sheffield Independent 8 Feb, 6.

1933 She publishes a story about a girl too lovely to pay her debts in The Strand Magazine April

1933 She attended Somerset Maugham’s premier at Wyndham’s, partied after with H.G. Wells, Diana Wynyard, John Van Druten.

1933 She presided at the Femina Vie Heureuse prize giving, Bradda Field won with Small Town and the Northcliffe Prize was won by André Chamson for Heritages, 22 June.

1933 rented a Spanish style house in Santa Monica, in Hollywood writing film scripts inc contributing writer to Little Women (Cukor 1933) with Clemence Dane, at the time of the earthquake.

         Was it now that on train between New York and South Carolina to Nelson Doubleday’s home with Maugham bet $1 (Did Perseus arrive on Pegasus to rescue Andromeda)? (ARK 76)

1933 A theatrical adaptation of her novel The Back Seat by Marion Rhodes and Alice Wibberley was performed at the Huddersfield New Victoria theatre w/c 30th October was approved of by G.B. Stern according to the Leeds Mercury, 28 Oct, 8

1933 She published The Augs with Heinemann.

1934 Short story ‘Panic’ in Nash’s Pall Mall Magazine January.

1934 Long Lost Father (Schoedsack) from her novel with John Barrymore and Helen Chandler, September

1934 She published ‘Lean on me’, Vogue October 1 1934

1934 She and Rebecca West went to Sherriff’s new play. The Bystander said ‘Sherriff (Journey’s End) has written a play the theme of which is ludicrously similar to that of Somerset Maugham’s Sheppey it is called Windfall, and is at the Embassy Theatre. I wonder which play was written first G. B. Stern and Rebecca West were at the first night, and seemed to be wondering the same thing.’ 6 March, 22.

1934 She is unavoidably absent from the P.E.N. dinner May

1934 At the end of May she attended American widow of a bishop, Mrs Shipman’s party in May with stage celebrities doing a turn.

1934 She published Pelican Walking short stories with Heineman in June

1934 She was at Sadler’s Wells to see Geoffrey Toye’s “The Haunted Ballroom” ballet Tuesday 9 October The Sketch  reported ‘G.B. Stern was in grey “treebark,” and was the centre of an animated circle. Her walking-stick, complete with an electric light on top, aided by her wit helped to make the conversation sparkle in the intervals.’ 10 Oct, 22.

1934 She had a story in the anthology The Fairies Return or, New T ales for Old (Peter Davies, Ltd.) other retellings were from A. E. Coppard, E. M. Delafield, Eric Linklater, A. G. Macdonell, Helen Simpson, Lady Eleanor Smith.

1934 Heard the Menuhins in concert with Somerset Maugham, Bystander 4 Dec, 30

1934 Attended Barbara Black’s beauty talk at Messrs Wallis’s stores Daily Mirror 6 Dec, 2.

1934 She was announced as an author in Hodder & Stoughton First Class Omnibus short novels at 7/6.

1935 She published Shining and Free (sequel to Mosaic) with Heinemann, February. One of the ‘Best Books of 1935’ in The Sphere, 4 Jan 1936, 28.

1935 She contributes to Great Unsolved Crimes by various authors (Hutchinson) published in April with A. J. Alan, Gerald Bullett, A. J. Cronin, J. Jefferson Farjeon, F. Tennyson Jesse, Mrs Belloc Lowndes, G. B. Stern, L. A. G. Strong, and Clennell Wilkinson.

1935 She was an uncredited contributor to treatment on  Last Days of Pompeii (Schoedsack, Cooper)

1935 In May The Matriarch was played at the Playhouse, Liverpool

1935 She contributed ‘The Diptych’ to the Summer Annual 6d July ‘100 pages of holiday happiness’

1935 She and Rebecca West went to Badgaastine in Austria a spa, August

1935 In October she took the Berengaria to New York, traveling alongside Miss Merle Oberon, Mr C. Aubrey Smith, Mr Eugene Pallette, Mr Clifford Whitley. Hampshire Advertiser 26 Oct, 9.

1935 Debonair was printed in Penguin Books October.

1935 She published a story in December’s Dress and Beauty 6d magazine along side Merle Oberon and Diana Wynward.

1935 Sunday Times 17 December, G.B. Stern on ‘Rose Macaulay, her book’.

1935 She publishes ‘Bright Phoebus’ in the Christmas issue of Windsor magazine. Falkirk Herald said ‘will please that author’s many admirers as a typical example of her delicate irony and such characterisation’ 28 December, 7

1936 She published Monogram, reminiscences with Chapman & Hall in March.

1936 She published ‘Dog Dialogues’ in the Sunday Times, 12 July.

1936 She published  ‘The Quality of Mercy’ in The Strand Magazine, August.

1936 She published ‘Sunstroke’ in Nash’s Magazine September.

1936 She published a contribution to Parody Party edited by Leonard Russell and Illustrated by Nicholas Bentley in a parody to James Barrie. Other authors included Rebecca West parodying Charles Morgan, Rose Macaulay parodying Hemmingway.

1936 She wrote for Nash’s Pall Mall Christmas number

1936 Walker Gallery had an exhibition of portraits November including G.B. Stern by Michael Ross

1936 (?) in South of France with Elizabeth von Arnim (APF 75). At other times with Wells, Maugham, Aldous Huxley and P.G. Wodehouse

1936 ‘a super agreement’ with the film studios Daily Mirror 5 August, 9 reports. It was with London Film productions Ltd, Denham Uxbridge. Stern adapt Walter Reisch’s “Triangle” for £250 12 August.

1936 Men are not Gods (Walter Reisch) dialogue and scenario with Iris Wright

1937 She writes an article on the Du Mauriers for the Sunday Times 7 February, J.B. Priestley 28 February.

1937 She contributed a tale of the unwritten autobiography to The Editor Regrets… edited by George Joseph published by Michael Joseph, February – rejected story collection.

1937 She published Oleander River with Cassell

1937 Alexander Korda takes on as scenarists Stern, Dane, John Burch, Robert Sherwood and Mr. Miles Malleson, Gilbert Wakefield

1937 Her work appeared in the Evening Standard’s Second Book of Strange Stories.

1937 Lives in Albany (May) but she has a poisoned leg but is working on a film for Merle Oberon. Daily Mirror 7 May, 11. She lived in Albany chambers for 30 years by left them by 1958.

1937 She attends the first night of Somerset-Maugham’s ‘The Constant Wife’ on 25 May with Lady Colefax

1937 Contributes to The Epicure’s Companion by E & L Bunyard (Dent).

1938 She is advertised as judging the Basildon Bond competition for a slogan and handwriting Western Mail 1 Feb, 9

1938 Pamela Frankau in Everywoman’s April issue introduces us to G.B. Stern

1938 Gladys went to Copenhagen Denmark (three years ago APF 50)

1938 She publishes The Ugly Dachshund Cassells May

1938 She publishes an article on John Van Druten in The Sunday Times 29 May.

1938 She publishes a story of theatre in July, and ‘Seaside Girl’ in August, another in November in The Strand Magazine. In November in Good Housekeeping. In December ‘Lion Heart’ for Britannia and Eve 17 (6) 40-43, 156-9.

1939 She went to the New Theatre to see J.B. Priestley’s ‘Johnson over Jordan’, music by Benjamin Britten

1939 She publishes Woman in the Hall with Cassell, March

1939 On April 24th at the Saville at 3pm she spoke at the AGM of the Actors Orphanage Fund. President was Noel Coward and the other speaker James Agate. Was this the Lectured in London about this year (APF 42)

1939 She was on the radio on 2 May, on ‘For you Madam’ a magazine programme for women produced by Archie Campbell. The Scotsman 2 May, 16. Too Old At -? some personal views of famous women No 3 G.B. Stern, contributed by Berthe Grossbard. The ‘Critic on the Hearth’ said in ‘Radio Roundabout’ in the Dundee Evening Telegraph 5 May, 1 ‘An interesting visitor to the series was G. B. Stern, whose talk on “Too Old at 48” was bristling with sparkling shafts of humour.

I felt all the time, however, that Miss Stern was using the wrong tactics. Her “talk” had been given the technique of the printed page, which, regardless of what “write as you speak” advisers may say, is very different from that required for effective radio.’

1939 She published ‘Instance of Good manners’ in The Bystander 2 Aug, 27-28.

1939 She published ‘A Nice Murder Play’ in The Strand Magazine, June.

1939 Mother dies by a week and a month before the war, aged over 70, so July

1939 Exhibition of walking sticks in Foyles to which she lent different varieties August

1939 She published ‘Fame and Uncle Polo’ in The Strand Magazine in September, and her collection of short stories Long Story Short was published by Cassell the same month. Another story in the magazine in November.

1939 She went to lunch with Sheila Kaye-Smith and Mrs Malden (Stern’s sister) at the Greyhound Hotel, Langton Green, December.

1939 Autumn at ‘Brambleford’ (made up name?) in Berkshire, 1939 Register says she was at Wantage, Berkshire. Travelled to Cookham Dene where Kenneth Graham wrote Wind in the Willows in a fold of the Downs. Hotel with horses (APF 33) came back in spring 1940.

1939 Was in Bedfordshire nursing home for 3.5 months and lost 3.5 stone on glucose and citrus fruits. Had septicemia that cold winter had a nurse Nan. Recovery from operation reported in Aberdeen Press and Journal 3 Jan, 4.

1940 She published ‘Patchwork’ in Housewife, April.

1940 She published Lion in the Garden with Cassell in April

1940 She contributed to World Review August

1940 Before 1 November her Albany flat had been destroyed by an incendiary bomb. Only her collection of walking sticks survived. Moving out of London, she had taken half her encyclopedia Britannica with her, the other half was lost.

1940 Spring Reading Samuel Butler’s Notebooks (APF p24)

1941 Another Part of the Forest (APF) autobiography, March

1942 She publishes Dogs on an Omnibus, May. In September a collection of Best Dog Stories by C.B. Pulteney is published by Faber and Faber including a contribution from Stern.

1942 She publishes The Young Matriarch (sequel to Shining) with Cassell, November. Critics said it was richer, better, by a more mature novelist.

1942 She writes an adaptation of Northanger Abbey, 27 Sept.

1942 June 1 (AD Peters was her agent) agreement with BBC £100 for radio play

1943 Her radio play ‘Encounter’ broadcast Sunday night 21 February. Coventry Evening Telegraph 19 Feb, 3 says ‘deals with the grim idea that a human spirit suddenly released by death might occupy another human body and, so to speak, overwhelm that body’s previous owner, thereby presenting to the world a new personality.’

1943 27 Sept she was contracted to the MGM for 16 weeks work a year at £150 pw in 1943, 44, 45 and MGM can buy option of any novel published between Nov 1 1943 and 31 Oct 1946 for £4000. Released May 1946.

1943 She attended Haymarket Theatre for the opening night of Noel Cowards two new plays on successive nights, May.

1943 Sheila Kaye-Smith and Stern publish Talking of Jane Austen with Cassell, November

1943 Daily Record 21 Dec, 2 announced ‘THE DIARY OF SCOT FILM, LIFE OF “R.L.S. “LIFE of Robert Louis Stevenson by G. B. Stern, is being filmed by Sir Alexander Korda next year. It will have the title “Velvet Coat,” which was the author’s nickname, as he tells us himself. “I see now the little sanded kitchen where Velvet Coat (for such was the name I went by) has spent days together generally in silence and making sonnets in a penny version book”.

1944 She published Trumpet Voluntary, October

1944 She wrote about RLS as a contribution to Soho Centenary, A Gift form Artists, Writers and Musicians to the Solo Hospital for Women, Hutchinson.

1944 She contributed to We Shall Eat and Drink Again, edited by Louis Golding and Andre L. Simon; illustrated by Ziegler. Hutchinson, a wine and food anthology, out in January.

1946  In May living at 101 Albany Piccadilly

1945 She contributes to Vogue’s Fireside Book anthology, out July

1946 She makes an agreement 18 July with dramatist Therese Lewis c/o Monica McCall  610 Fifth Ave, New York for the rights to Reasonable Shores for one dollar to be made within 18mo

1945 She works on Margaret Oglivy in November

1945 She attended the Old Vic’s return to the New Theatre in October opening with Henry IV, part One.

1946 She gave a talk to the R.L.S Club in London on “Making a film script of the Life of R.L.S.” 20 March.

1946 She published Reasonable Shores with Cassell, March,

1946 She attended the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition private view, 4 May

1946 Her play The Matriarch starring Mary Clare is on the radio Sunday 12 October, 9.20pm to 10.45pm

1947 Wessex Film Productions, Ian Dalyrumple, announce production will start on Women in the Hall (Jack Lee and screenplay Ian Dalrymple) shortly, Gloucestershire Echo, 23 Jan, 5. The first of G.B. Stern’s novels to be filmed in this country. It was interrupted in February by week long electricity blackout in the studios (14 Feb).

1947 She is a judge of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, reported in The Stage 3 April, 1

1947 In May between and 17-24 G.B. Stern and her sister Mrs Madden stayed at The Gatehouse, Bexhall-on-Sea

1947 Her dog stories appeared in The Fireside Book of Dog Stories, edited by Jack Goodman published by Cassell  for 12/6 alongside W.H. Hudson, John Galsworthy and Alexander Woollcott.

1947 became a Roman Catholic

1948 The Folio Nov-Dec 1948 On Jekyl and Hyde

1948 She published No Son of Mine with Cassell, April. It was a selection of The Choices Library Limited, a post and membership library, June 1948. There was an agreement for No Son of Mine to be translated into Italian November.

1948 The Matriarch touring with Perth Repertory Company, playing in Dundee, Kirkcaldy,

1949 The Matriarch was the choice of the amateur theatre, Manchester in April

1949 20th Century Fox took an option on Modesta for 10 years for £250

1949 Stern’s The Back Seat was published by Pan books at 2/- in May.

1949 She contributed to A Journal of Modern Thought 18d other contributors included Sir Ernest Benn, Robert Graves, Thomas Moult, A. F. Tschiffely, G. B. Stern and Hugh MacDiarmid

1949 She published Benefits Forgot, with Cassell in September

1949 She published A Duck to Water doing ‘for ducks what she did for Dachshunds’ said Cassells advert in The Scotsman 8 Dec, 5

1950 Finished rebuilding 2 of the 7 damaged Albany chambers largely for theatre people, writers and actors which were destroyed in the war and Stern lived in.

1950 Stern was on the radio giving a talk on Scottish 391.1m 15 January, 9.15pm-9.30pm

1950 Sheila Kay-Smith and Stern published More Talk of Jane Austen, September

1950 She contributed to Nancy Spain’s Books of Today, May

1950 She published Selected Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson Grey Walls Press 3/6 October and in November R.L.S Omnibus with Cassell 15s

1950 She publishes Ten Days of Christmas, November

1950 She spoke on the ‘Browsing through books’ to the West Kent district, Women’s Institute, annual meeting Bidborough, 6 October

1950 The Matriarch was on radio BBC home service, Sunday 25 Nov.

1950 She publishes The Tales and Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson, Falcon Press in December (BNA)

1951 She reviews on the radio Arts Review programme Janet Adam Smith’s collection of R.L.S poems 14 January.

1951 May 3 Unknown To William Morris Agency NY confirming that we extend Mr Oppenheimer’s interest in “Mirror Mirror” the dramatization of the Black Seat by GBS for 6 months & proceeds from dramatisation to be divided 66 2/3 to Mr O and 33 1/3 to Stern.

1951 She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, March.

1951 She is included in Faber and Faber’s My Best Animal Story Collection.

1951 She is on the radio Light Programme 247m 9.45pm-10.00 Tellers of Tales Monday 9 July.

1952 Reviewed for Drama Quarterly Theatre review Summer 1952 no 25 Anouilh in English  (14)

1952 She received £75 advance from Heinemann for her work on R.L. Stevenson, the agreement was made with her agent Peters

1952 She publishes The Donkey Shoe with Collins in March

1952 She publishes romance Thunderstorm, with Collins, July

1953 She writes ‘Portrait of the Lunts’ for December issue of Drama.

1953 She publishes reminiscences A Name to Conjure with Collins, 15s

1953 Feb 19 An American Gentleman (BBC) Stern’s story about R.L. Stevenson (played by John Grigson), Lloyd Osbourne (boy and man (Robin Lloyd))  Arthur Lowe as a Scottish businessman) Childrens’ TV?

1953 She writes ‘Our Bookshelf’ for The Sketch, 1953, 1954, 1955

1954 She publishes Johnny Forsaken with Collins, February

1954 She wrote an introduction to Shelia Kaye-Smiths’s Superstition Corner

1954 She publishes All in Good Time with Sheed & Ward describes becoming a Roman catholic, December

1955 She makes an agreement with Macmillan US for publication of For All We Know 14 March

1955 Writes and supports her close friend Rebecca West who is distressed about her son’s book Heritage

1955 She makes an agreement 28 August for publication of The Forecasters Centaur Press, London to deliver the MSS within 14 months.

1955 She does some work on a film script about Lord Melbourne for Dalymple and goes to see David Cecil 28 December who has Queen Victoria’s diaries

1955 Peters her agent made an agreement for the publication of The Way it Worked Out (a sequel to All in Good Time) with Sheed & Ward, New York.

1956 Loss of her friends Sheila Kaye-Smith and Alexander Korda this year

1956 She publishes For All We Know with Collins for 13s 6d, January

1957 She published Seventy Times Seven with Collins 13s 6d, dedicated to Marjorie Greenwood, June

1957 Did it Happen? Oldbourne collection of Evening Standard’s nightly mystery stories, is it true or not – just possible – with a key at the end. The 33 stories include G.B. Stern

1958 Did he Stop and Speak to You? Coram 12s 6d sketches of people she knew including Shelia Kaye

1958 Gave up Albany chambers to live entirely at Mill Brook, Blewbury, Berkshire

1958 She publishes The Patience of a Saint, Coram 13s 6d. July.

1959 She publishes Unless I Marry, Collins, September.

1959 She appears on ITV in The Bookman 2.20pm Sunday 29 Nov.

1960 She was invited by Alan Pryce-Jones to be on The Bookman programme televised monthly to discuss six to eight books with Christine Brooke-Rose, L. P. Hartley, G. B. Stern, Robert Shaw and J. W. Lambert. It becomes one of ABCs most popular programmes said The Stage, 5 May, 16, s.