|AUTHOR, POET, PLAYWRIGHT (ENGLAND)|
BORN 13 Feb 1881, London: Strand - DIED 5 Jun 1965, London: 20 Perrins Walk|
GRAVE LOCATION London: St. John-at-Hampstead, Churchyard Extension, Church Row, Hampstead (H 104)
Eleanor Farjan was the daughter of the novelist Benjamin Farjeon, who encouraged her to write. She was known as Nellie ad a shy girl, who liked to sit in her attic between her books. When she was eighteen years old she wrote a libretto for an operetta "Floretta" to music by her brother Harry. A holiday in France in 1907 inspired her write about a troubadour and this became the minstrel in "Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard" (1921).
After the First World War she worked as a poet, a journalist and a broadcaster. In 1935 she described her childhood in "A Nursery in the Nineties". In 1951 she converted to Catholicism. She was best known for her children's stories and plays and for writing the lyrics for the song "Morning has broken" in 1931. It was published as ""A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)" in a volume of her collected poetry in 1957.
During her life she was friends with D.H. Lawrence and Walter de la Mare. She had a long term relationship with the teacher George Earle but she never married him. After Earle's death in 1949 she started a new relationship with Denys Blakelock. After her death in 1965 Blakelock published "Portrait of a Farjeon" in 1966.