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Auld, William [Bill, Viljo] (1924–2006), Esperanto poet and writer, was born on 6 November 1924 at Hainault, Lesney Park Road, Erith, Kent, the son of George Auld, a draughtsman and structural engineer, who composed and recited comic verse, and his wife, Williamina Rose (Minnie), ...

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Bibbesworth, Walter of (b. in or before 1219, d. in or after 1270), Anglo-Norman poet, was an Essex knight associated with the manor of Bibbesworth in Hertfordshire, who later possessed three manors in Essex—Saling, Latton, and Waltham. It is in Little Dunmow...

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Bozon, Nicholas (fl. c. 1320), Franciscan preacher and Anglo-Norman writer, produced a substantial literary output, but very little information about his life survives. He himself says that he was 'del ordre de freres menours', and that he was 'ordenours', which probably means that he had the right to administer absolution (a right much sought after by the mendicants). It has been suggested that he belonged to the ...

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Chauhan [née Singh], Subhadra Kumari (1904–1948), poet, short-story writer, and political activist in India, was born on 16 August 1904 in Nihalpur, near Allahabad, United Provinces, India, the third of four daughters and sixth of seven children of Ramnath Singh, building contractor, and his wife, ...

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Denisot, Nicolas (1515–1559), French poet and tutor, was born at Le Mans, the son of Jean Denisot (d. 1539), bailiff of Assé and advocate in the provincial court of Le Mans. He learned the arts of engraving and cartography and produced maps of ...

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Faiz, Faiz Ahmed (1911–1984), poet in Pakistan, was born on 13 February 1911 at Kala Qadir, Narowal district, Punjab, the son of Khan Bahadur Sultan Muhammad Khan (d. 1913), landowner and lawyer, and his wife, Sultana Fatima. He started learning the Koran...

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Gaimar, Geffrei (fl. 1136–1137), Anglo-Norman poet and historian, is of unknown origins, and nothing is known of his background except that he enjoyed the patronage of Constance, wife of Ralph Fitzgilbert who held lands in Lincolnshire and Hampshire, while Robert, earl of Gloucester...

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Harishchandra [known as Bharatendu Harishchandra] (1850–1885), Hindi poet, playwright, and literary editor, was born in Benares, India, on 9 September 1850, into a fabulously wealthy merchant family. The family of his mother, Parvati (d. 1855), had been diwans, or finance ministers, at the Mogul court at ...

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Hucheon [Huchown] of the Awle Ryale (fl. 14th cent.), author of several alliterative verses, has long been considered an important fourteenth-century Scottish poet. However, the evidence for this must be considered questionable. Hucheon owes his literary reputation to Andrew Wyntoun, who, writing about 1420, praised him as 'cunnand … in literature' and credited him with three works: ...

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Pollard [née Gladstone], Margaret Steuart (1904–1996), Cornish poet, was born at 2 Whitehall Court, London, on 1 March 1904, daughter of John Steuart Gladstone (1862–1920), an East India merchant, and his wife, Anne Fitzgibbon, and granddaughter of W. E. Gladstone's niece Mary Ellen...