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Alexander, Peter (1893–1969), literary editor and scholar, was born on 19 September 1893, at 3 Great George Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, the only son of Robert Alexander (1844–1900) of Glasgow, schoolmaster and later head teacher, and Christina Cameron McDonald Munn (1863–1949), schoolmistress. After his father's death in 1900 ...

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Baron, Richard (d. 1768), literary editor and political writer, was born at Leeds, and educated at Glasgow University between October 1737 and May 1740. He left with a testimonial signed by Francis Hutcheson and Robert Simpson. Baron became a friend of Thomas Gordon...

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William Blackwood (1836–1912) by William Logsdail © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blackwood, William (1836–1912), literary editor and publisher, was born on 13 July 1836 at Lucknow, India, eldest son of Major William Blackwood (1810–1861) and Emma Moore. In 1842 he was sent back to the family home in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, to begin his education at the ...

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Bowdler, Thomas (1754–1825), writer and literary editor, was born on 11 July 1754 at Ashley, near Bath, the younger son of Thomas Bowdler (bap. 1719, d. 1785) and his wife, Elizabeth Stuart Bowdler, née Cotton (d. 1797). His father, a gentleman of independent fortune, was descended from an ancient family originally settled at ...

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Bowle, John (1725–1788), literary editor, was born on 15 October 1725 at Idmiston, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, the eldest of the four children of John Bowle (c.1700–1743), gentleman, and his wife, Sarah (1700–1785), daughter of the Revd Thomas Westley, rector of Brockley, Somerset...

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Braham, Robert (fl. 1555), literary editor, is known to posterity solely by his 'pistle to the reader' that prefaces the edition of John Lydgate's Troy Book, published by Thomas Marshe in 1555. Braham offers a critique of earlier versions of the ...

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Braybrooke, Neville Patrick Bellairs (1923–2001), writer and editor, was born at 22A Devonshire Street, London, on 30 May 1923, the only child of Patrick Philip William Braybrooke, journalist and biographer, and his first wife, Lettice Marjorie, née Bellairs (1890–1986), who had been a nurse before her marriage. His father left his mother when ...

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Arthur Henry Bullen (1857–1920) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bullen, Arthur Henry (1857–1920), literary editor and publisher, was born in London on 9 February 1857, the second son of George Bullen (1816x18–1894), and his first wife, Eliza Mary Martin (d. 1887). He was educated at the City of London School, where the headmaster, ...

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Caldecott, Thomas (bap. 1744, d. 1833), barrister and literary editor, was born in Rugby and baptized on 13 April 1744, the eldest of three sons of William Caldecott of Rugby and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the Revd Peter Senhouse, of Linton, Herefordshire...

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Alexander Chalmers (1759–1834) by Richard James Lane, 1836 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chalmers, Alexander (1759–1834), biographer and literary editor, was born on 29 March 1759 in Aberdeen and baptized that day at St Nicholas's in the city, the youngest son of James Chalmers (bap. 1713, d. 1764), printer and publisher [see under Chalmers family (per. 1736-1876)...

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Chamberlayne, John (1668/9–1723), translator and literary editor, was a younger son of Edward Chamberlayne (1616–1703), author of Angliae notitiae, or, The Present State of England, and his wife, Susannah Clifford (d. 1704). He was probably born in Chelsea but may have spent part of his childhood in ...

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John Payne Collier (1789–1883) by unknown engraver, pubd 1883 (after Sydney and Ernest White, 1873) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Collier, John Payne (1789–1883), literary editor and forger, was born on 11 January 1789 in New Broad Street in the City of London, the second of five children of John Dyer Collier (1762–1825) and his wife, Jane Payne (1768–1833), the spirited and artistic daughter of a ...

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Condell, Henry (bap. 1576?, d. 1627), actor and editor of Shakespeare's first folio, was probably born in East Anglia. The only Henry Condell so far discovered at a suitable date in that part of England was the son of a Robert Condell of ...

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Coningsby, Humfrey (1567–1610/11), collector of poems and traveller, was born about February 1567, probably at Neen Sollars (Nene Solars), Shropshire, the only son of John Coningsby and his wife, Anne, daughter of Thomas Barnaby of Bockelton, Worcestershire. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford...

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Craig, William James (1843–1906), literary editor and university teacher, was born on 6 November 1843 at Camus-juxta-Bann, also known as Macosquin, co. Londonderry, the second son of George Craig (1800–1888) and his wife, Mary Catherine Sandys (1803–1879). His father was curate of Camus-juxta-Bann...