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Dyson, Anthony Edward [Tony] (1928–2002), literary critic and campaigner for homosexual law reform, was born on 28 November 1928 at 53 Warlock Road, Paddington, London, the only child of Sydney Herbert Dyson and his wife, Lilian Matilda, née Drake. Both parents worked as assistants in a drapery shop. Because of illness his father was often unemployed, and his mother took in lodgers to help the family finances. ...

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Hoggart, (Herbert) Richard (1918–2014), writer and cultural critic, was born on 24 September 1918 at the maternity hospital in Leeds, the second son of Tom Longfellow Hoggart (1880–1922), a journeyman house-painter and infantryman, and his wife Adeline Emma (...

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Sheavyn, Phoebe Ann Beale (1865–1968), literary scholar and feminist, was born on 16 September 1865 in Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire. Her birth was registered nearly six weeks later by her mother, Jane Elizabeth Sheavyn, née Farmer. Her father, William Sale Sheavyn, was a draper in ...

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Stopes, Charlotte Brown Carmichael (1840–1929), feminist and literary scholar, was born in Edinburgh on 5 February 1840, the eldest of five children of the landscape painter James Ferrier Carmichael and his wife, Christina Brown Graham. Her father died when she was thirteen and she was educated at several of the best schools in ...