Charles, Gerda

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CHARLES, GERDA (pen name of Edna Lipson; 1914–1996), English novelist. Charles' works reflect an Orthodox upbringing in Liverpool and her revolt against the "insensitivity" of the provincial life. She wrote novels including The Crossing Point (1960) and The Slanting Light (1963), which was awarded the James Tait Black Prize, and edited an anthology, Modern Jewish Stories (1963). Her last novel was The Destiny Waltz (1971), which won the Whitbread Prize that same year.