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Elfrida Vipont
Real Name: Elfrida Vipont Brown Foulds
Also wrote as E. V. Foulds, Charles Vipont
(1902 - 1992)
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Elfrida Vipont was born in Manchester in 1902. After studying history and music, she became a professional singer, free-lance writer and lecturer. In 1926 she married a research technologist, R. P. Foulds. During the Second World War she served as headmistress of the Quaker Evacuation School at Yealand Manor. She lived for many years in the north Lancashire village of Yealand Conyers. The Elfrida Vipont Collection in the John Rylands University Library, Manchester, U.K., contains manuscript and typescript copies of published and unpublished works. It also contains correspondence and other papers concerning her writings, papers relating to her other interests in music and Quakerism, audio dictation tapes, copies of her published books, articles and ephemera.

British author of nearly two dozen children’s novels, of which the best known are The Lark in the Morn (1948) and The Lark on the Wing (1950), both about a Quaker schoolgirl, Kit Haverard, who becomes a brilliant singer. The second volume won the CARNEGIE MEDAL. Several books for adults about the Quaker movement have appeared under her married name of E. V. Foulds. In 1969 she and Raymond Briggs produced a classic Picture Book for small children, The Elephant and the Bad Baby.
The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature
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 Bibliographical information has been assembled from several sources and may not be complete.

 Alphabetical

Ackworth School, from its foundation in 1779 to the introduction of co-education in 1946 1959
Arnold Rowntree. A life. 1955
Bed in hell. 1974
Birthplace of Quakerism, The A handbook for the 1652 country [reissued 1997 as E.V. Foulds] 1952
Bless this Day. A book of prayer for children. Compiled by E. Vipont 1958
Blow the Man Down … as Charles Vipont 1939 [A tale] of Thomas Lurting, first printed in 1710, etc With which
is published The Fighting Sailor turned Peaceable Christian.
Boggarts and dreams [original title Changes at Dowbiggins.] 1969
Bridge, The An anthology (on the theme of the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians) 1962 compiled by E. Vipont
1962
Changes at Dowbiggins [reissued as Boggarts and Dreams] 1960
Child of the Chapel Royal, A 1967
China Dog, The 1967
Colin Writes to Friends House, etc. (1946 Second edition, revised.) 1934
Elephant and the Bad Baby, The Illustrations by Raymond Briggs 1969
Family of Dowbiggins, The 1955
Flowering Spring 1960
George Fox and the Valiant Sixty (Updated edition 1997 Friends General Conference) 1975
Good Adventure: The quest of music in England 1931
Heir of Craigs, The as Charles Vipont 1955
Henry Purcell and his Times 1959
High Way, The ... An anthology compiled by E. Vipont 1957
Lark in the Morn, The 1948
Lark on the Wing, The 1950
Larry Lopkins 1965
Let your lives speak. A key to Quaker experience With a foreword by Errol T. Elliott 1954
Lily among Thorns, A Some passages in the life of Margaret Fell of Swarthmoor Hall 1950
Little bit of ivory, A: A life of Jane Austen 1977
Michael and the dogs 1969
More about Dowbiggins [reissued as A Win For Henry Conyers] 1958
Offcomers, The 1965
Pavilion, The 1969
Quakerism - a faith to live by. 1966
Quakerism: An International Way of Life as E.V. Foulds 1930
Rescue for Mittens 1965
Search for a Song 1962
Secret of Orra, The 1957
Secret Passage, The 1967
Some Christian Festivals. To which is appended a brief glossary of Christian terminology 1963
Sparks among the Stubble ... [Short stories.] 1950
Spring of the Year, The 1957
Stevie 1965
Story of Christianity in Britain, The 1960
Story of Quakerism, The 1652-1952 1954
Terror by night 1966
Towards a high attic: The early life of George Eliot. 1970
Weaver of dreams: The girlhood of Charlotte Bronte 1966
What about Religion? 1961
Win For Henry Conyers, A [original title More About Dowbiggins]

Chronological

1930 Quakerism: An International Way of Life as E.V. Foulds
1931 Good Adventure: The quest of music in England
1934 Colin Writes to Friends House, etc. (1946 Second edition, revised.)
1939 Blow the Man Down … as Charles Vipont [A tale] of Thomas Lurting, first printed in 1710, etc With which is
published The Fighting Sailor turned Peaceable Christian.
1948 The Lark in the Morn
1950 The Lark on the Wing
1950 A Lily among Thorns. Some passages in the life of Margaret Fell of Swarthmoor Hall
1950 Sparks among the Stubble ... [Short stories.]
1952 The birthplace of Quakerism. A handbook for the 1652 country [reissued in 1997 as E.V. Foulds]
1954 Let your lives speak. A key to Quaker experience With a foreword by Errol T. Elliott
1954 The Story of Quakerism, 1652-1952.
1955 Arnold Rowntree. A life.
1955 The Family of Dowbiggins
1955 The Heir of Craigs as Charles Vipont
1957 The High Way ... An anthology compiled by E. Vipont.
1957 The Secret of Orra
1957 The Spring of the Year
1958 More about Dowbiggins [reissued later retitled A Win For Henry Conyers]
1958 Bless this Day. A book of prayer for children. Compiled by E. Vipont
1959 Ackworth School, from its foundation in 1779 to the introduction of co-education in 1946.
1959 Henry Purcell and his Times.
1960 Changes at Dowbiggins [reissued 1969 retitled Boggarts and Dreams]
1960 Flowering Spring
1960 The Story of Christianity in Britain
1961 What about Religion?
1962 Search for a Song
1962 The Bridge. An anthology (on the theme of the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians) compiled by E. Vipont
1963 Some Christian Festivals. To which is appended a brief glossary of Christian terminology.
1965 Larry Lopkins
1965 The Offcomers
1965 Rescue for Mittens
1965 Stevie
1966 Terror by night.
1966 Weaver of dreams: The girlhood of Charlotte Bronte
1966 Quakerism - a faith to live by.
1967 A child of the Chapel Royal
1967 The china dog
1967 The secret passage
1969 The Pavilion
1969 The elephant and the bad baby Illustrations by Raymond Briggs
1969 Boggarts and Dreams [retitled reissue of Changes at Dowbiggins.]
1969 Michael and the dogs
1970 Towards a high attic: The early life of George Eliot.
1974 Bed in hell.
1975 George Fox and the Valiant Sixty (Updated edition 1997 Friends General Conference)
1977 A little bit of ivory: A life of Jane Austen
1997 The birthplace of Quakerism: A handbook for the 1652 country [reissue of 1952 as E.V. Foulds]

Series

1948 The Lark in the Morn
1950 The Lark on the Wing
1957 The Spring of the Year
1960 Flowering Spring
1969 The Pavilion

1955 The Family of Dowbiggins
1958 More about Dowbiggins [reissued later retitled A Win For Henry Conyers]
1960 Changes at Dowbiggins [reissued 1969 retitled Boggarts and Dreams]

Elfrida Vipont
SMT June 2001
Bibliographical data from:- British Public Library Catalogue
- The Encyclopaedia of Girl’s School Stories Sims & Clare

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