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Bevington [married name Guggenberger], Louisa Sarah (1845–1895), poet and anarchist, was born on 14 May 1845 in St John's Hill, Battersea, Surrey, to Louisa and Alexander Bevington. The eldest of eight children (seven of whom were girls), she was brought up a Quaker. An early enthusiasm for science was fostered by her father. Later, interested by evolutionism, she became a friend of ...

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Bradley, Katharine Harris (1846–1914), poet, collaborated with her niece Edith Emma Cooper (1862–1913) to publish verse under the pseudonym Michael Field. The aunt was born in Birmingham on 27 October 1846, the daughter of Charles Bradley (1810–1848), tobacco manufacturer of a ...

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Frances Crofts Cornford (1886–1960) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1925 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cornford [née Darwin], Frances Crofts (1886–1960), poet, was born in Cambridge on 30 March 1886, the only child of Sir Francis Darwin (1848–1925) and his second wife, Ellen Wordsworth Crofts (1856–1903), daughter of John Crofts, of Leeds. Ellen was a lecturer in English at ...

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Currie [née Lamb], Mary Montgomerie, Lady Currie [pseud. Violet Fane] (1843–1905), poet and writer, was born on 24 February 1843 at Littlehampton, Sussex, the eldest among the four children of Charles James Savile Montgomerie Lamb (1816–1856) and (Anna) Charlotte, née Gray (...

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Constance Caroline Woodhill Naden (1858–1889) by George J. Stodart, pubd 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Naden, Constance Caroline Woodhill (1858–1889), poet and philosopher, born on 24 January 1858 at 15 Francis Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, was the only child of Thomas Naden, afterwards president of the Birmingham Architectural Association, and his wife, Caroline Anne, daughter of J. C. Woodhill...

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Scovell, Edith Joy (1907–1999), poet, was born at Sheffield on 9 April 1907, the daughter of Canon Frederick George Scovell (1869–1951), vicar of St Andrew's Church, Sharrow, Sheffield, and his New Zealand-born wife, Edith Anne, née Hall (1873–1964). She had seven brothers and sisters, and remained in close touch with them all her life, though she did not continue as a member of the Anglican—or any—church. She was a boarder at ...

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Slater, Lydia Elisabeth Leonidovna Pasternak (1902–1989), biochemist, poet, and translator, was born on 21 March 1902 in Moscow, the last of four children of Leonid Osipovich Pasternak (1862–1945), painter, and his wife, Rosalia Isidorovna Kaufmann (1867–1939), concert pianist. Despite the artistic milieu surrounding her childhood—...

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Florence Margaret Smith (1902–1971) by Jorge Lewinski, 1966 © Jorge Lewinski; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Florence Margaret [Stevie] (1902–1971), poet and novelist, was born on 20 September 1902 at 34 Delapole Avenue, Hull, Yorkshire, the second daughter of Charles Ward Smith (1872–1949) and his wife, Ethel Rahel (1876–1919), daughter of John Spear, a successful maritime engineer, and his wife, ...

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Watson, Rosamund Marriott [née Rosamund Ball; pseuds. Graham R. Tomson, R. Armytage] (1860–1911), poet and journalist, was born on 6 October 1860 at Homerton Row, Homerton, Hackney, London, youngest of the five children of Benjamin Williams Ball (1818–1883), bank clerk and bibliophile, and his wife, ...

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Wellesley [née Ashton], Dorothy Violet, duchess of Wellington (1889–1956), poet, was born on 30 July 1889 at Heywood Lodge, White Waltham, Berkshire, the only daughter of Robert Ashton, of Croughton, Cheshire, and his wife, Lucy Cecilia, née Dunn-Gardner (d. 1931). After her father's death when she was about seven years old, her mother married, in 1899, ...

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Young, Ella (1867–1956), poet and mythographer, was born on 26 December 1867, in Ballymena, co. Antrim, the eldest of the eight children of James Bristow Young, a cornbroker, and Matilda Ann, née Russell; her sister Elizabeth (b. 1876) became a successful actress as ...