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Rumer Godden

(1907—1998) writer

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novelist and children's writer, born in Sussex. She spent her childhood in India, coming to England for her education, and later returning to open a dance school in Calcutta. Her novels include Black Narcissus (1939, filmed, Michael Powell, 1946), about life in a convent in the Himalayas; The River (1946), set in India; and The Greengage Summer (1958, filmed 1961), about children discovering the sexual intensity of the adult world. She also wrote autobiographical works, including Two Under the Indian Sun (1966), co‐written with her novelist sister Jon Godden.

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