Asquith, Lady Cynthia
|Birthname||Cynthia Mary Evelyn Charteris|
|born on||27 September 1887 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )|
|Place||Salisbury, England, 51n05, 1w48|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||03°43' 08°38 Asc. 11°29'|
English writer and socialite, known for her ghost stories and diaries. She also wrote novels and edited a number of anthologies, as well as writing for children and on the British Royal family.
In 1913, Asquith met D. H. Lawrence in Margate and became a friend and correspondent. She took a position as secretary to the Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie, with whom she became close friends, continuing to work for him until his death in 1937. Barrie left most of his estate to her, except for the Peter Pan works. Author L. P. Hartley became a lifelong friend after they met in the early 1920s.
Asquith became known for editing The Ghost Book, an anthology of supernatural fiction, including work by D. H. Lawrence, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Oliver Onions, and May Sinclair.
One of Asquith's stories, "The Follower", was adapted for BBC Radio, along with others by Algernon Blackwood, Marjorie Bowen, and Noel Streatfeild; all were later reprinted in the Cecil Madden anthology My Grimmest Nightmare (1935). She contributed to the screenplay of the 1937 film Dreaming Lips, which starred Elisabeth Bergner.
On 28 July 1910, Lady Cynthia married Herbert Asquith (1881–1947), second son of H. H. Asquith, the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916, with whom he is sometimes confused. They had three children.
Lady Cynthia's husband died in Bath on 5 August 1947 aged 66, and Lady Cynthia herself on 31 March 1960, aged 72.
- friend relationship with Lawrence, D.H. (born 11 September 1885)
- parent->child relationship with Asquith, John (born 7 May 1911)
- has other family relationship with Asquith, Herbert Henry (born 12 September 1852). Notes: Father-in-law/ daughter-in-law
- (has as) boss relationship with Barrie, J. M. (born 9 May 1860)
Sy Scholfield cites mother's diary quoted in Cynthia Asquith by Nicola Beauman (Hamish Hamilton, 1987), page 1: "I thought dinner would never be over, went upstairs, sent for Dr 1/4 to 11, played game of reversé with H in drawing room, went up to bed about 11. Mamma and Hugo sat in my room, he read Dickens — Dr came 3.15. Baby Heigh Presto as the clock struck four. She was a little girl to my great joy and yelled lustily almost before she was born.... on Tuesday 27 September 1887."
Same data in AA database, no source given.
- Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Herbert Asquith)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three sons)
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Diarist)
- Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction
- Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screen)
- Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
- Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror (Ghost stories)
- Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
- Notable : Famous : Socialite