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Barke, James William (1905–1958), novelist, was born on 22 May 1905 at Torwoodlee, near Galashiels, Selkirkshire, the fourth child of James Bark (1862–1937), dairyman, and his wife, Jane (b. 1866), a dairymaid, daughter of Thomas Gibb, ploughman. The family moved in 1907 to ...

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Faris, Ahmad [Aḣmad Fāris; formerly Faris ibn Yusuf al-Shidyaq] (1805/6–1887), author and translator, was born in al-Hadath, Lebanon, the youngest of five sons of Abu Husayn Yusuf ibn Mansur al-Shidyaq (1762–1821), secretary and tutor of Lebanese chieftains, and his wife, the daughter of ...

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Heard, Henry Fitzgerald [Gerald] (1889–1971), writer and broadcaster, was born on 6 October 1889 at 69 Victoria Park Road, South Hackney, London, the second of three sons of the Revd Henry James Heard (d. 1931) and his wife, Maud Jervis Bannatyne (...

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James Harold Kirkup (1918–2009) by Maurice de Sausmarez, 1951 © by kind permission of Jane de Sausmarez; image courtesy University of Leeds Art Collection

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Kirkup, James Harold (1918–2009), poet and translator, was born at 19 Robertson Street, South Shields, co. Durham, on 23 April 1918, the son of James Harold Kirkup (1886–1958), a carpenter then serving as a company sergeant-major in the Royal Marines, and his wife ...

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MacCaig [McCaig], Norman Alexander (1910–1996), poet, was born at 53 East London Street, Edinburgh, on 14 November 1910, the only son and the fourth child of Robert McCaig (1880–1950?), a chemist, and his wife, Joan, née MacLeod (1879–1959). His father was a lowland Scot from ...

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Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837–1909), poet and literary reviewer, was born on 5 April 1837 at 7 Chester Street, London, the second of six children of Admiral Charles Henry Swinburne (1797–1877) and his wife, Lady Jane Henrietta (1809–1896), daughter of George, third earl of Ashburnham...

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Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909) by George Frederic Watts, 1867 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wells, Herbert George (1866–1946), novelist and social commentator, was born on 21 September 1866 at Atlas House, 47 High Street, Bromley, Kent, the youngest of the four children of Joseph (Joe) Wells (1827/8–1910), a shopkeeper and professional cricketer, and his wife, Sarah (1822–1905)...

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Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) by George Charles Beresford, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London