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Damaris Dances (Rachel and Damaris #4)

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Title:Damaris Dances (Rachel and Damaris #4)
Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette  Writing under the pseudonym: Oxenham, Elsie J.   
(13 of 47 for author by title)
A Dancer from the Abbey (Abbey #36)
Adventure for Two (Rachel and Damaris #5)
Published:   1940
Publisher:Spring Books
Tags:dancing, fiction, girls, juvenile

Was Damaris born to be Dammy Ellerton, a girl who spent her life among bees and chickens and her family, or was she to be Mary Damayris, a great ballerina with the world at her dancing feet? Throughout her childhood, Dammy danced her own exquisite dances -- in the dormitory at school after 'lights out' before her entranced friends; or for her only sister Rachel -- or by herself for the sheer joy of it. She knows nothing of the magic world of the theatre and ballet and was happy in the thought of her coming life as a bee and chicken farmer -- until the day, dancing by herself in a cafe in France, she was seen by Monsieur Berthelot, lifeling lover of le ballet, who recognised the genius waiting to be released in the young girl. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette

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A celebrated English girls’ school story writer, Elsie J. Oxenham's real name was Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley. Born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire, she was the daughter of writer William John Dunkerley, whose chosen pseudonym - ‘John Oxenham’ - was a clear influence upon her own. Her brother, Roderic Dunkerley, was also an author (published under his own name), as was her sister Erica, who used the 'Oxenham' name as well. Oxenham grew up in Ealing, West London, where her family had moved when she was a baby, living there until 1922, when the family moved again, to Worthing. After the deaths of her parents, Oxenham lived with her sister Maida. She died in 1960.

Oxenham, whose interests included the Camp Fire movement, and English Folk Dance traditions, is primarily remembered as the creator of the 38-book Abbey Girls series. In her lifetime she had 87 titles published, and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls' school story writers of the first half of the twentieth century -- one of the 'Big Three,' together with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.--goodreads.com.

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