Noël Olivier 1923
|Born||25 December 1892|
|Died||11 April 1969 (aged 76)|
Chichester, Sussex, England
|Other names||Noël Olivier Richards|
|Spouse(s)||William Arthur Richards|
She met the poet Rupert Brooke at a supper party in May 1907, prior to a meeting of the Cambridge Fabians which her father had been invited to address. She was fifteen and he was twenty. He was captivated by the shy intelligent schoolgirl and began to bombard her with letters, initiating a correspondence that was to last until his death in 1915.
Some of Brooke's early poems, such as "The Hill", were written about and for his first love, Noël Olivier. Up to the time of her death in April 1969, she steadfastly refused publication of the letters which Brooke had written to her.
She graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Surgery (BS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD). She was registered as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, (MRCP) and the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS).
On 29 April 1927, at a clinical meeting held at the Victoria Hospital for Children, in a section for the study of disease in children, she presented a paper entitled "A Case of Acute Lymphatic Leukæmia".
She married William Arthur Richards, son of Robert Richards, on 21 December 1920. Between 1924 and 1940 they had five children: Benedict, Angela (later Harris), Virginia, Tazza and Julia. Angela Harris' daughter Pippa Harris, edited Noël Olivier's correspondence with Brooke.
Her husband graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS). He was invested as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS). He was also registered as a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians.
- 1911 England Census
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- Brooke, Rupert (1971). Rogers, Timothy (ed.). Rupert Brooke: a reappraisal and selection from his writings, some hitherto unpublished. London: Taylor & Francis. p. 231. ISBN 9780710070562.
- Rupert Brooke & Noël Olivier: The Letters of – Song of Love. biography-clarebooks.co.uk
- Richards, Noel Olivier (July 1927). "Cases A Case of Acute Lymphatic Leukæmia". Proc R Soc Med. 20 (9): 1317–1318. doi:10.1177/003591572702000910. PMC 2101400.
- Harris 1991.
- Watling, Sarah (2019). The Olivier Sisters: A Biography. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-086739-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) (alternative title: Noble Savages. The Olivier Sisters: Four lives in seven fragments)
- Brooke, Rupert; Strachey, James (1998). Hale, Keith (ed.). Friends and Apostles: The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905-1914. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-07004-0.
- Brooke, Rupert; Olivier, Noel (1991). Harris, Pippa (ed.). Song of love: the letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier. Crown Publishing. ISBN 978-0-517-59090-4. Full text on Internet Archive
- George Mariz, George (2004). "Olivier, Sydney Haldane, Baron Olivier". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35309.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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