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FREEMAN , KATHLEEN (‘ Mary Fitt ’; 1897 - 1959 ), classical scholar and writer ;

b. at Cardiff 22 June 1897 , only child of Charles Henry Freeman , Birkenhead , and his wife Catharine (née Mawdesley ) , Southport . She was educated at Canton High School for Girls and the University College of South Wales , Cardiff , where she graduated B.A. in classics in 1918 , and was awarded her M.A. in 1922 and D.Litt. in 1940 . She was appointed lecturer in Greek at the college in 1919 , and first published her research in classical studies and then wrote a number of experimental novels . There was a clear interval in her published work between 1929 and 1936 . When she resumed publication of serious works it was under the stress of war, her other energies having been directed at that time to the writing of detective fiction , which she published under the pseudonym of ‘ Mary Fitt ’. During the war ( 1939-45 ) she lectured for the Ministry of Information and took part in the National Scheme of Education for H.M. Forces in south Wales . On 1 Oct. 1946 , when a senior lecturer in her department, she resigned to devote her time to travel, research and writing . In 1951 she was elected Chairman of the Philosophical Society of Great Britain and in the same year was admitted to the Detection Club , a much-coveted honour amongst writers of detective fiction. She d. aged 61 on 21 Feb. 1959 at her home at Lark's Rise , St. Mellons .

As Kathleen Freeman she wrote: The work and life of Solon ( 1926 ), The intruder and other stories ( 1926 ), Martin Hanner: A comedy ( 1926 ), Quarrelling with Lois ( 1928 ), This love ( 1929 ), It has all happened before, What the Greeks thought of their Nazis ( 1941 ), Voices of freedom ( 1943 ), What they said at the time: a survey of the causes of the second World War ( 1945 ), The murder of Herodes and other trials from the Athenian law courts ( 1946 ), Ancilla to the pre-Socratic philosophers, a complete translation of the fragments in Diel's Fragmente der Vorsokratiker ( 1946 ), The Greek way: an anthology ( 1947 ), translations from verse and prose, The Philoctetes of Sophocles: a modern version ( 1948 ), Greek city states ( 1950 ), God, man and the state: Greek concepts ( 1952 ), The paths of justice ( 1954 ), The Sophists ( 1954 ) translated from the Italian of M. Untersteiner 's I sofisti , T'other Miss Austen ( 1956 ) and If any man build: The history of the Save the Children Fund ( 1965 ) published posthumously.

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • Western Mail , 23 Feb. 1959 ;
  • The Times , 24 Feb. 1959 .

Author:

Roland Glyn Mathias, Brecon

Published date: 2001