WELCOME TO THE RICHMAL CROMPTON READER
Richmal Crompton was born on 15 November 1890 and died in January 1969. She was writing until the very end of her life.
Following her early life in Bury, Lancashire and life as a student at Royal Holloway, she became a teacher at St Elphins School in Warrington, where she had been a pupil. Following the death of her father, Richmal then followed her sister and mother to live in Bromley, Kent, in 1917. She was publishing ‘Just William’ stories from 1919. She was an experienced teacher and worked at Bromley High School until her life took a different direction. Richmal Crompton contracted poliomyelitis in the summer of 1923. She subsequently gave up teaching to become a full time writer. The range of her writing includes ‘Just William’ collections, novels, other short story collections and radio plays.
I work in the English & Creative Writing Department at the University of Roehampton and have been undertaking research in the Richmal Crompton archive held at the university. I have been studying in particular her wonderful adult novels which are largely forgotten today and need, in my view, to be brought to a wider audience.
In this blog I will share my reading journey through her work. I have already discovered many elements of her writing that other readers might find surprising.