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John Ballantyne (1774–1821) by unknown artist, c. 1810 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Ballantyne, John (1774–1821), publisher and literary agent, was born at Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, on 13 May 1774, the second of three children of John Ballantyne (1743–1817), general merchant, and Jean (1745?–1818), daughter of James Barclay, rector of Dalkeith high school, and his wife, ...

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Brown, Spencer Curtis (1906–1980), literary agent, was born at 4 St John's Wood Park, London, on 20 January 1906, the younger son and youngest of three children of Albert Curtis Brown, who founded a literary agency, and his wife, Caroline, née Lord. He was educated at ...

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Carnell, Edward John (1912–1972), science fiction writer, journal editor, and literary agent, was born on 8 April 1912 in Plumstead, London, the only child of William John Carnell, a charge hand who worked at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, and his wife, Louisa Woollett...

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Gordon, Giles Alexander Esmé (1940–2003), literary agent and writer, was born on 23 May 1940 at 11 Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, the eldest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Alexander Esmé Gordon (1910–1993), architect, and his wife, Betsy Balmont, ...

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Giles Alexander Esmé Gordon (1940–2003) by unknown photographer, 1967 UPPA/Photoshot

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Kavanagh, Patricia Olive [Pat] (1940–2008), literary agent, was born on 31 January 1940 in Durban, South Africa, the daughter of Christopher (Chris) Kavanagh (d. 1966), a journalist and ostrich farmer, and his wife, Olive Nellie (Mysti), née Leroux (1916–2002), a health inspector. Her father, who was of Irish origin, was the author of ...

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Patricia Olive Kavanagh (1940–2008) by Derek Thompson © Derek Thompson

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Mogotsi, Pearl Cynthia Connor- [née Pearl Cynthia Nunez; other married name Pearl Cynthia Connor] (1924–2005), actress and theatrical agent, was born Pearl Cynthia Nunez in Diego Martin, Trinidad, on 13 May 1924, the ninth of twelve children of Albert Antonio Nunez, a headmaster, and his wife, ...

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Peters, Augustus Dudley [formerly August Detlef] (1892–1973), literary agent, was born in Schleswig-Holstein on 25 August 1892, the fourth of the seven children of Georg Peters, farmer and, later, civil servant. His father was born Danish, but by 1892 Prussia had annexed ...