Clemence Dane

Clemence Dane was the pseudonym of Winifred Ashton (1888-1965). She was an English novelist and playwright, born in Blackheath. After the First World War, she taught at a girls’ school, and began writing. She took the pseudonym "Clemence Dane" from the church, St Clement Danes on the Strand, London.

After one of her plays was adapted for film she began writing screenplays as well as novels. She co-wrote the screenplay for Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo. The pinnacle of her success was winning an Academy Award with Anthony Pelissier for Vacation from Marriage, released in the United Kingdom as Perfect Strangers, starring Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr.

By the time of her death shehad written more than 30 plays and 16 novels, one of which had a HNF background.

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Year  Book  Comment
  He Brings Great News A story about the naval lieutenant who brought the news of Trafalgar and Nelson's death back to England


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