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 Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon

Birth
Strand, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 5 Jun 1965 (aged 84)
Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Burial Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Plot H104 in the graveyard extension
Memorial ID 6531735 · View Source
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Author who is best remembered for the lyrics to the song "Morning Has Broken". Eleanor Farjeon was born in London. Her father, Benjamin Leopold Farjeon, was a writer of Jewish descent. Her mother, Margaret, was the daughter of Joseph Jefferson, a well-known American actor who created the role of Rip Van Winkle. Eleanor was educated at home. At the age of four, she attended the opera and the theatre ; at the age of seven, she was writing stories on her father's typewriter. At sixteen, she wrote the libretto to an opera, with the music by her brother Harry, which was produced at the Royal Academy of Music.Three years later, she sold her first story, "The Cardboard Angel", to Hutchinson's Magazine for three guineas. Her first book, "Nursery Rhymes of London", was published in 1916, and was followed by some eighty novels, plays, poems, and books for children. In 1956, she was awarded the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Andersen International Medal for "The Little Book-Room" ; and, three years later, the Regina Medal for Life Work for Children's Writing. She never married, but had a thirty-year relationship with a schoolmaster, George Earle (known as "Pod".) In 1951, at the age of seventy, she became a Roman Catholic. She described her hobbies as "cooking and cats" and lived and died at 20 Perrins Walk, just around the corner from the churchyard where she is buried.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 21 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6531735
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor Farjeon (13 Feb 1881–5 Jun 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6531735, citing St John-at-Hampstead Churchyard, Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .