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Jan Struther was the pen name of Joyce Anstruther, later Joyce Maxtone Graham and finally Joyce Placzek (June 6, 1901 – July 20, 1953), an English writer remembered for her character Mrs. Miniver and a number of hymns, such as "Lord of All Hopefulness".

She was the daughter of Henry Torrens Anstruther and spent her childhood in Whitchurch in Buckinghamshire, England.

In 1923 she married Anthony Maxtone Graham, a broker at Lloyd's, by whom she had three children. In the 1930s she started to write for Punch magazine, and this brought her to the attention of The Times newspaper, where Peter Fleming asked her to write a series of columns for the paper, about "an ordinary sort of woman who leads an ordinary sort of life - rather like yourself". The character she created, Mrs Miniver, proved a huge success, and the columns were subsequently collected into book form in 1939.

Upon the outbreak of war, this book was used as the basis for a patriotic and sentimental film about Mrs Miniver, released in 1942, which won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

By this time, Struther had herself gone to America as a lecturer. In the 1940s she was a frequent guest panelist on the popular American radio quiz show Information Please, where she provided a warm and witty presence. She was one of the few women panelists to appear repeatedly on the program. In a possibly apocryphal story by fellow panelist Oscar Levant, her appearances on the show stopped abruptly after she answered a question by referring to Agatha Christie's book Ten Little Niggers, which was the original British title of the book Ten Little Indians (later retitled And Then There Were None). She was supposedly so hurt and surprised by the backlash to her reference that she refused to appear on the show again.

Her long marriage to Anthony Maxtone Graham eventually failed, and she started an affair with Adolf Placzek, a Viennese art historian 12 years her junior. She married him as her second husband, 5 years before her death.

Her final years were marked by severe depression, leading to a five-month stay in a psychiatric hospital. Following a mastectomy for breast cancer, she died of cancer in New York in 1953 at the age of 52. Her ashes are buried beside her father in the family grave at St. John The Evangelist Church, in Whitchurch.

As well as the creation of the character Mrs Miniver in a fortnightly column in The Times, she is remembered for her hymns for children, including "Lord of All Hopefulness", "When a Knight Won His Spurs" and "Daisies are Our Silver". These resulted from an approach by Canon Percy Dearmer of Westminster Abbey, who in 1931 was commissioned by Oxford University Press to compile a collection of hymns. Ironically, she herself was an agnostic, although she did go to church.

Struther is the subject of a biography, The Real Mrs. Miniver, written by her granddaughter, Ysenda Maxtone Graham. ISBN 0-7195-5541-8

She is the great-aunt of Ian Maxtone Graham, former co-executive producer of The Simpsons.
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Total Books: 16
2009 - Mrs Miniver [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
Women Of Britain - Letters From England
2007 - Women of Britain - Letters From England (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406776775
ISBN-10: 1406776777
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Mrs Miniver
2001 - Mrs Miniver [Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780783896359
ISBN-10: 0783896352
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Miniver
1994 - Mrs Miniver [Isis Series] (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781850896425
ISBN-10: 1850896429
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Miniver
1991 - Mrs Miniver [Isis Large Print Mainstream Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781850893646
ISBN-10: 1850893640
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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1990 - Mrs Miniver (Other)
Mrs Miniver
1990 - Mrs Miniver (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780156631402
ISBN-10: 0156631407
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Miniver
1989 - Mrs Miniver (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781853810909
ISBN-10: 1853810908
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Miniver
1978 - Mrs Miniver (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780884116776
ISBN-10: 0884116778
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Miniver
1972 - Mrs Miniver (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780850463248
ISBN-10: 0850463246
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Try Anything Twice
Try Anything Twice (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780753113929
ISBN-10: 0753113929
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, General
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Try Anything Twice
Try Anything Twice [Transaction Large Print Books] (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781850895343
ISBN-10: 1850895341
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Try Anything Twice
Try Anything Twice [Virago Modern Classics] (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781853812293
ISBN-10: 1853812293
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Miniver Starring Greer Garson Walter Pidgeon and cast
Mrs Miniver Starring Greer Garson Walter Pidgeon and Cast [Hollywood playhouse IV] (Audio Cassette)Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781900912198
ISBN-10: 1900912198
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