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Presland, John

Entry updated 31 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of Australian poet, playwright and author Gladys Williams Skelton Bendit (1885-1975), in UK from early adulthood; she signed at least one novel, the nonfantastic Barricade (1926) as by John Presland and Gladys Skelton. Escape Me – Never! (1928) is set in the Near Future. Some of her poetry, like "Wisdom and Youth" in The Deluge and Other Poems (coll 1911) the long quasi-dramatic "The Quest" and others assembled in Selected Poems (coll 1961), were Arthurian. [JC]

Gladys Williams Skelton Bendit

born Melbourne, Victoria: 6 September 1885

died Goring, Berkshire: 29 September 1975

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