Monday, March 06, 2017
Barbara C. Freeman
Barbara Constance Freeman was born in Ealing, Middlesex, on 29 November 1906, the daughter of writer and secondhand bookseller William Freeman and his wife Lucy Constance Freeman (nee Rimmington), who were married in 1905. She studied at the Tiffin Girls' School, Kingston-upon-Thames and at Kingston School of Art.
As television grew and the number of annuals and entertainments for children slowed in the 1950s, Freeman turned to writing her own stories, beginning in 1956. He first books, Timi, about a shy griffin taken in by a village baker, and Two-Thumb Thomas, were published in 1961. She also contributed to comics aimed at young children, notably Jack & Jill Annual and Playhour and its annual.
Her work was exhibited at the Heritage Centre, Kingston-upon-Thames Museum, in 1989.
Since her early childhood, she lived in a mid-Victorian house with a large garden, from which she drew much of her inspiration. She died on 6 May 1999.
A collection of her papers is held by the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. These include typescripts, illustrations and sketches for ten titles, proofs for various books and some unpublished material.
Timi. London, Faber, 1961; New York, Grosset and Dunlap, 1970.
Two-Thumb Thomas. London, Faber, 1961.
A Book by Georgina. London, Faber, 1962; New York, Norton, 1968.
Broom-Adelaide. London, Faber, 1963; Boston, Little Brown, 1965.
The Name on the Glass. London, Faber, 1964; New York, Norton, 1966.
Lucinda. London, Faber, 1965; New York, Norton, 1967.
Tobias. London, Faber, 1967.
The Forgotten Theatre. London, Faber, 1967.
The Other Face. London, Macmillan, 1975; New York, Dutton, 1976.
A Haunting Air. London, Macmillan, 1976; New York, Dutton, 1977.
A Pocket of Silence. London, Macmillan, 1977; New York, Dutton, 1978.
The Summer Travellers. London, Macmillan, 1978.
Snow in the Maze. London, Macmillan, 1979.
Clemency in the Moonlight. London, Macmillan, 1981.
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