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May Byron
Born Mary Clarissa Gillington
Audlem, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Died 5 November 1936(1936-11-05) (aged 74–75)
Pen name May Byron, Mary Clarissa Gillington, Maurice Clare
Occupation Poet, biographer, cookbook author, children's author
Years active 1892–1925
Relatives Alice E. Gillington (sister)

Mary Clarissa "May" Byron (née Gillington; 1861 – 5 November 1936) was a British writer and poet, best known for her abridgements of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan books. She published under the names May Byron, M.C. Gillington and Maurice Clare. Byron specialised in writing biographies of great artists, before going on to rewrite some of J. M. Barrie's works for younger readers, to write poetry, and to write cookbooks.

Published books



  • The garden of love
  • The golden garden of the poets
  • Poems (with A.E. Gillington)
  • The Wind on the heath
  • Christmas bells

Cook books

  • May Byron's Pudding Book
  • May Byron's Rations Book
  • May Byron's Vegetable Book
  • May Byron's Jam Book
  • May Byron's Cake Book
  • May Byron's How-To-Save Cookery Book
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Pot-Luck
  • Simple Fare for Sick Folk
  • Puddings, pastries, and sweet dishes

Children's books

  • The Little wee Bear and goldenhair
  • The Little Brown Rooster
  • The Little Yellow Duckling
  • The Little Tan Terrier
  • The Little Small Red Hen
  • Cat's Cradle: A Picture-book for Little Folk; cats by Louis Wain; rhymes by May Byron
  • Jack-a-Dandy
  • J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy: Retold for little people (authorised abridgement)
  • J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens: Retold for little people (authorised abridgement)
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