Born: Dec. 5, 1876 - Juniper Hill, Oxfordshire, England
Died: May 21, 1947 - Brixham, Devon, England
Educated in Cottisford school in Oxfordshire, Thompson began working as a post office clerk at Fringford when she was 14. She continued working for the post office in various parts of the country until 1903 when she married John Thompson. In 1911, she published her first work, Essay on Jane Austen, which won a competition in the Ladies Companion. Thereafter, she contributed more essays and stories until 1920, when she began writing regularly for The Catholic Fireside. In 1928, she published her first novel, Gates of Eden. Her greatest claim to fame came in 1938 with the publication of Lark Rise. This formed the first part of a trilogy consisting of Over to Candleford (1941) and Candleford Green (1943); the three being published in 1945 as Lark Rise to Candleford. The books present an excellent social account of English rural life of the period. Her other works include Bog Myrtle and Peat (1921) and the posthumously published Still Glides the Stream (1948) and Heather Ley (1979).
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