Jan Struther 1901-1953
D. Litt. University of Pennsylvania 1943

Jan Struther's individual poems and articles have not been included as they are too numerous to list here. There are about 135 items in her "cuttings" album for 1914-1928 and another 150 in her subsequent (1928-1932) album. However, selected individual poems and articles first published in England and/or America were later published in the books listed below.

In fact, she never wrote a book which was not a collection of her newspaper or magazine contributions. For instance, Mrs Miniver was first published anonymously - as fortnightly articles on the court page of The Times Newspaper (London). RMG

One day my life will end; and lest
Some whim should prompt you to review it,
Let her who knows the subject best
Tell you the shortest way to do it;
Then say, "Here lies one doubly blest."
Say, "She was happy." Say, "She knew it."
Jan Struther -
(from "Betsinda Dances and Other Poems")
Other Printed Works
1. Mrs. Miniver
2. Other Printed Works
3. Audio, Film & Video

This bibliography has been compiled by Jan Struther's son, Robert Maxtone Graham.

He assisted his daughter, Ysenda Maxtone Graham in the preparation of her biography of Jan Struther, "The Real Mrs. Miniver - Jan Struther's Story", launched in November 2001 by U.K. publishers, John Murray.Access to Publisher's Web Site - John Murray, London

For further details contact the publisher - click on JM logo or e-mail: John Murray - publishers

Updated 04-Mar-10
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Courtesy of Robert Maxtone Graham and the 'Celebration of Women Writers' Project, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, the majority of Jan Struther's works are available for public access. The works are still in copyright and the usual permissions should be sought in dealing with any texts for educational, commercial or any other non-personal purposes.


Detail from cover (Melody Edition) 1976
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Jan Struther wrote the words of at least twelve hymns - these published for the first time in the enlarged edition of SONGS OF PRAISE edited by Percy Dearmer, Oxford University Press, 1931, and often re-published.

Numbers and first lines
No. 63 -- High o'er the lonely hills
No. 162 -- Round the earth a message runs
No. 163 -- Sing, all ye Christian people
No. 219 -- When Stephen, full of power and grace
No. 223 -- When Mary brought her treasure
No. 233 -- Unto Mary, demon-haunted
No. 236 -- O saint of summer, what can we sing for you?


No. 282 -- God, whose eternal mind / Rules the round world over
No. 354 -- Daisies are our silver / Buttercups our gold
No. 377 -- When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old - still a popular hymn sung in school chapels.
No. 565 -- Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy - to the traditional Irish melody "Slane", has become one of the most popular English hymns, especially for weddings.
No. 692 -- We thank you, Lord of Heaven / For all the joys that greet us

See also this link - http://www.hymntime.com/tch

British Library On Line
Title: Lord of all hopefulness. An anthem for two part treble voices based on the tune Slane. Music : [arranged by] Graham Garton. Words : Jan Struther
Other title: Slane
Collaborator/Editor: Struther. Jan. 1901-1953
Collaborator/Editor: Garton. Graham. 1929-
Subject: Hymns for soprano voices with keyboard
Publication Details: London. Oecumuse. c1982
Description: 1. score. 7p. 21cm
Shelfmark: C.812.i.(20.)
Notes: With organ acc.



by Jan Struther. Oxford University Press, 1931. (Author's Limited Edition?) - hardbound with pages that required cutting. This work was also produced as a quarto paperback pamphlet. The price was printed on the dark red cover. One extant copy has the original price covered by a sticky label giving the wartime price as three shillings and sixpence, "including extra war costs".

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SYCAMORE SQUARE AND OTHER VERSES by JanStruther, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Methuen, 1932. American edition, New York, OUP, 1932. Sycamore Square is the fictional name Jan Struther gave to the square overlooked by her then home, 16 Wellington Square, Chelsea in London. The book contains more than 100 Shepard sketches and full page illustrations executed in the years following his work on "Winnie The Pooh" and his association with A.A.Milne. "The Wind in The Willows" (Kenneth Grahame) followed and then, in the same year as "Sycamore Square", he illustrated a new edition of Richard Jeffries's "Bevis".

Ernest Shepard
Ernest Howard Shepard, 1879-1976 -

These drawings for Jan Struther's book were accomplished during the heyday of his unique and well-loved work. He was again associated with her, in 1935/6, when he illustrated "The Modern Strewwelpeter" (q.v.).

KIDNAPPED by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by Jan Struther, illustrated by C. E. Brock. Macmillan, The Scholar's Library, 1933. Jan Struther contributed the introduction, life of R.L.Stevenson, scholarly notes, essay questions and a glossary of Scottish words.

by Jan Struther - illustrated by Ernest Shepard. Methuen, 1936. Second edition, 1936.
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Illustration (right) by Ernest H. Shepard from "The Story of Ruthless Mike and Reckless John" written by Jan Struther for her twin nephews Michael and John Maxtone-Graham.


Verses by Jan Struther. Adapted from the Swedish of Ingrid Smith. Pictures by Mela Broman. London, 1937.
The Swedish title was När Mormor var Liten. Copy at National Library of Scotland. Afternoon Tea by Wm. Hy Margetson - Jan Struther "Try Anything Twice" - ISIS Publishing (UK) Audio Set.
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TRY ANYTHING TWICE Essays & Sketches by Jan Struther. Chatto & Windus, 1938. Paperback edition - (xvii, 212 p.; 20 cm.) - ISBN 1853812293 with introduction by Valerie Grove, Virago, 1990. Also Large print edition, Oxford, ISIS, 1991. Isis Reminiscence Series.

AUDIO Try Anything Twice
read by Ann Drysdale.
Unabridged audio edition published in 2002 by Isis Publishing Ltd, Oxford. ISBN 0-7531-1392-9. Total playing time 6 hours 10 minutes. Also available from Isis Audio Books: 'Mrs Miniver'.

Ann Drysdale is herself a journalist and poet and was chosen by Isis to record this audiobook version of Try Anything Twice. She writes, "I did this in one wonderful laughing, crying session at Soundings in Whitley Bay ... ."

THE GLASS-BLOWER AND OTHER POEMS by Jan Struther. Chatto & Windus, 1940. 1st American edition, New York, Harcourt Brace, 1941.

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- with running commentary by Beatrice Curtis Brown.
Edited and with an introduction by Jan Struther.
NewYork, Harcourt Brace, 1941.
England i Närbild.
Hur Kvinnorna Se På Kriget
Translated into Swedish by Elin Brandell.
Stockholm, Bokförlaget Natur och Kultur, 1942.
259 pages, soft covers.
A POCKETFUL OF PEBBLES by Jan Struther. (Collected poems and articles.) New York, Harcourt Brace, 1946. Decorations by Aldren Watson.

Published on the Author's birthday.

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Examples of Dust Jackets from U.S.A. - courtesy of John and Anne Coles from original images by Robert Maxtone Graham

New York, Harcourt Brace 1946
The only edition ever published.

OUP, New York, 1932

Central panel only
Harcourt Brace, New York, 1941


Short story authors: Conrad Aiken, Max Beerbohn, Stephen Vincent Benet, Stella Benson, A. E. Coppard, Walter de la Mare, Lord Dunsany, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, O. Henry, Rudyard Kipling, Eric Knight, W. Somerset Maugham, H. H. Munro, Oliver Onions, Edgar Allan Poe, James Stephens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ralph Straus, Jan Struther, H. G. Wells.

Science Fiction - Philip Van Doren Stern Collection

The Moonlight Traveler: Great Tales of Fantasy & Imagination (Doubleday Doran, 1943; Garden City Publishing, 1945) frequently reprinted with the title shortened to Great Tales of Fantasy & Imagination (Bodley Head, 1949; Pocket, 1954; Cardinal, 1955; Washington Square Press, 1965)

Jessica Amanda Salmonson writes:

'The Moonlight Traveler is a "who's who" of leading horror writers; I have never parted with my copy because it also includes such rarities as Stella Benson's The Man Who Missed the Bus & Jan Struthers' Cobbler, Cobbler, Mend My Shoe.' - also published in G.K.'s Weekly Oct 24th 1925.

Published in 'The Best British Short Stories of 1926 - ed. Edward J. O’Brien (Dodd, Mead, 1926, 427pp, hc)

Short Fiction

Ugly Sister (1952)

  • La vérité sur Cendrillon! (1935, Ugly sister)
    • in Opta, Revue Fiction n° 39, 1957
  • A note from Gilles Richardot in France, received with thanks:

    "Concernant son texte "Ugly Sister", il semble que ce soit le seul texte traduit en français. Sur le site, je vois la date 1952. Pourtant W. Contento dans sa base de données de SF indique bien comme nous 1935 dans 'The London Mercury':

    Extrait de http://contento.best.vwh.net/s210.html#A4305 : STRUTHER, JAN; pseudonym of Joyce Maxtone Graham, (1901-1953) (chron.) [...] * Ugly Sister, (ss) The London Mercury Dec 1935 F&SF Feb 1952 The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 2, ed. Anthony Boucher & J. Francis McComas, Little Brown, 1953"

    From Richard Dalby of Yorkshire, England - "As a 'Jan Struther' fan, I'm writing an article/tribute to her in the November (2001) issue of BOOK & MAGAZINE COLLECTOR."

    Richard Dalby's special interest is ghost stories, and he has provided the following information with regard to "Cobbler, Cobbler, Mend My Shoe".

    In hardback - apart from being in 'A Pocketful of Pebbles', he states that it was reprinted in: THE BEST FROM FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Second Series, US, 1953; THE MOONLIGHT TRAVELLER, Bodley Head, 1949 (qv above); and in paperback by World Books, 1960; and GHOSTS, GHOSTS, GHOSTS, Chatto & Windus, 1955.


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