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Josephine Elder was the penname of Olive Gwendoline Potter (5 December 1895, Croydon - 24 July 1988), an English children's author who published ten school stories between 1924 and 1940 as well as numerous short stories for annuals. She is widely regarded as one of the best writers of the girls' school story. Her most acclaimed book is the 1929 title, Evelyn Finds Herself. Twenty years later Clare Mallory, another leading exponent of the girls' school story, dedicated one of her own books, Juliet Overseas to Josephine Elder, describing her as "Author of the best girls' school story I know: Evelyn Finds Herself." In addition to her children's books Josephine Elder also wrote six novels for adults. Throughout her writing career she continued to practise as a doctor. Contents 1 Biography 2 Bibliography 2.1 School stories 2.2 Farm school series 2.3 Adult novels 2.4 Recent reprints 3 References Biography Josephine Elder was educated at Croydon High School and later at Cambridge University where she studied medicine. She practised as a G.P. in Sutton, Surrey from 1923 to 1983. Bibliography School stories Erica Wins Through (Chambers, 1924) The Scholarship Girl (Chambers, 1925) The Scholarship Girl at Cambridge (Chambers, 1926) Thomasina Toddy (Chambers, 1927) Evelyn Finds Herself (OUP, 1929) Barbara at School (Blackie, 1930) The Redheads (OUP, 1931) Farm school series Exile for Annis (Collins, 1938) Cherry Tree Perch (Collins, 1939) Strangers at the Farm School (Collins, 1940) Adult novels as Margaret Potter Sister Anne Resigns (Selwyn & Blount, 1931) The Mystery of the Purple Bentley (Selwyn & Blount, 1932) as Josephine Elder Lady of Letters (Lutterworth, 1949) The Encircled Heart (Lutterworth, 1951) The Doctor's Children (Lutterworth, 1954) Fantastic Honeymoon (Robert Hale, 1961) Recent reprints Evelyn Finds Herself (Girls Gone By Publishers, 2006) Lady of Letters (Greyladies, 2008) The Encircled Heart (Greyladies, 2009) Erica Wins Through (Girls Gone By Publishers, 2010) References Sue Sims and Hilary Clare, The Encyclopaedia of Girls' School Stories, Ashgate, 2000 Persondata Name Elder, Josephine Alternative names Short description Date of birth 5 December 1895 Place of birth Date of death 24 July 1988 Place of death