Dodie Smith





Dodie Smith

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born
in Whitefield, The United Kingdom
May 03, 1896

died
November 24, 1990

gender
female

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About this author

Born Dorothy Gladys Smith in Lancashire, England, Dodie Smith was raised in Manchester (her memoir is titled "A Childhood in Manchester"). She was just an infant when her father died, and she grew up fatherless until age 14, when her mother remarried and the family moved to London. There she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and tried for a career as an actress, but with little success. She finally wound up taking a job as a toy buyer for a furniture store to make ends meet. Giving up dreams of an acting career, she turned to writing plays, and in 1931 her first play, "Autumn Crocus", was published (under the pseudonym "C.L. Anthony"). It was a success, and her story -- from failed actress to furniture store employee to successf ...more


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More books by Dodie Smith…
“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.”
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“How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!”
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Polls

July 2015 New School Group Read

1973, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, 398 pages
 
  13 votes, 30.2%

 
  12 votes, 27.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  5 votes, 11.6%

1988, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, 623 pages
 
  4 votes, 9.3%

 
  3 votes, 7.0%

1960, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 242 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.7%

1948, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, 343 pages
 
  2 votes, 4.7%

1941, Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain, 288 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.3%

 
  1 vote, 2.3%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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