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Miss Phoebe Fenwick Gaye CM2284 01Phoebe Fenwick Gaye (November 1, 1905 – July 3, 2001) was the author of Vivandiere, a romance set in the Napoleonic Wars. Gaye got the idea after attending the Chelsea Arts Ball in a costume of the period. Phoebe Fenwick Gaye was a close friend of Margaret Rhondda and Winifred Holtby. Gaye was assistant editor of Time and Tide.

Gaye's novel had been praised by Arnold Bennett and was becoming a best seller according to the Sketch. Gaye went on to write several more novels and biographies.

Phoebe Fenwick Gaye was a poet, garden writer, biographer of John Gay (1938), and author of seven novels, mostly historical in setting, including Vivandiere! (1929), set during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, Good Sir John (1930), a novel about Falstaff, and The French Prisoner (1944), set in England during the Napoleonic Wars. Others are New Heaven New Earth (1932), Louisa Vandervoord (1946), On a Darkling Plain (1950), and Treen and Wild Horses (1958). Her married name was Pickard.

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