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Lyttelton, Edith Joan (1873–1945)

Lyttelton, Edith Joan (1873–1945)

Tasmanian-born novelist and short story writer. Name variations: (pseudonyms) Keron Hale and G.B. Lancaster. Born Edith Joan Lyttelton, Dec 18, 1873, at the family sheep station at Epping, northern Tasmania; died Mar 10, 1945, in a London nursing home; dau. of Emily Wood and Westcote McNab Lyttelton; m. Hon. Alfred Lyttelton.

Immigrated with family to New Zealand (c. 1879); began to publish stories in magazines but, forbidden to use her own name, settled on G.B. Lancaster for all writings; became widely known in Australasia as a prolific writer of short stories; left New Zealand with mother and sister for London (1908); often wrote family sagas, focusing on a particular region; author of Pageant, The Tracks We Tread, A Spur to Smite, Jim of the Ranges, The Honorable Peggy, The World is Yours, The Law-Bringers, Promenade, Fool Divine and Grand Parade; during WWI and WWII, was deeply involved in soldier support organizations.

See also F.A. de la Mare, G.B. Lancaster (Hamilton, 1945).

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