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Ackerley, Joe Randolph (1896–1967), writer and literary editor, was born on 4 November 1896 at 4 Warmington Road, Herne Hill, south London, the younger son and second of the three children of Alfred Roger Ackerley (1863–1929), fruit importer, of London, and his mistress, ...

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Doran, John (1807–1878), writer and literary editor, was born on 11 March 1807 in London, of Irish parentage. His father, John Doran, of Drogheda, co. Louth, left Ireland after the suppression of the rising in 1798, and settled in London, where he became a business contractor. In the course of his work he was captured by the French and detained in ...

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Ford Madox Ford (1873–1939) by Emil Otto Hoppé, c. 1915 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ford, Ford Madox [formerly Ford Hermann Hueffer] (1873–1939), writer and editor, was born on 17 December 1873 at 5 Fair Lawn Villas, Merton, Surrey, the first among the three children of Francis Hueffer (1845–1889), musicologist and author, and Catherine (1850–1927), painter, daughter of ...

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Hall, Samuel Carter (1800–1889), journal editor and writer, was born at Geneva barracks, co. Waterford, on 9 May 1800, the fourth of twelve children of Ann, née Kent, and Robert Hall (1753–1836). The father, a Devon man, had purchased a commission as ensign in the ...

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Harris, Joseph [pseud. Gomer] (1773–1825), Baptist minister, author, and journal editor, was born in 1773, probably in August, the eldest son of William Harris, a farm bailiff, at Llantydewi, Pembrokeshire. Harris was educated at local schools. A Baptist like his father, who had converted from the ...

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Kimber, Edward (1719–1769), journal editor and writer, was the son of Isaac Kimber (1692–1755), a General Baptist minister. There is no evidence that Kimber had any formal education. However, it is likely that he gained editorial experience and training as a youth after his father took up the editorship of the ...

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Knox, Edmund George Valpy [pseud. Evoe] (1881–1971), writer and magazine editor, was born in Oxford on 10 May 1881, the second child and eldest son in the family of two daughters and four sons of Edmund Arbuthnott Knox (1847–1937), a fellow of ...

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John Gibson Lockhart (1794–1854) by Robert Scott Lauder, c. 1841–2 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Lockhart, John Gibson (1794–1854), writer and literary editor, was born on 12 June 1794 in the manse at Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the eldest of five children of Dr John Lockhart (1761–1842), minister of the parish church of Cambusnethan, and his second wife, Elizabeth (...

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Mackenzie, Robert Shelton [pseud. Sholto] (1809–1880), writer and journal editor, born at Drews Court, co. Limerick, on 22 June 1809, was the second son of Captain Kenneth Mackenzie, an army officer and author of a volume of Gaelic poetry, published in Glasgow...

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John Middleton Murry (1889–1957) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murry, John Middleton (1889–1957), writer and journal editor, was born on 6 August 1889 in Peckham, London, the elder of the two sons of John Murry (1860/61–1947), a clerk in the Inland Revenue, and his wife, Emily (1869/70–1951), née Wheeler. John Murry was a determined man from an impoverished and illiterate background who taught himself to write. Poor but ambitious, he saw education as the sole means to fulfil his aspirations for his son. Subjected to intense pressure to learn from the time he could speak, ...

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Quennell, Sir Peter Courtney (1905–1993), writer and editor, was born on 9 March 1905 at 9 The Avenue, Bickley, Bromley, Kent, the eldest of the three children of Charles Henry Bourne Quennell (1872–1935), architect, author, and social historian, and his wife, Marjorie Quennell (1883–1972)...

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Reynolds, Frederic Mansel (1800/01–1850), writer and journal editor, was the eldest son of the playwright Frederick Reynolds (1764–1841) and his wife, Elizabeth. He took as his middle name his mother's maiden name, Mansel. Having received a good education, he drifted into a quasi-literary occupation, editing ...

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Robertson, Joseph Clinton [pseud. Sholto Percy] (1788–1852), journal editor and writer, born in London, was a patent agent in Fleet Street with Robertson and Brooman. He founded the Mechanic's Magazine in 1823, and edited and largely wrote it until his death. He gave evidence before the ...

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Roughton, Roger Edmund Heude (1916–1941), writer and journal editor, was born on 17 September 1916 at The Croft, Storrs Park, Undermillbeck, Lancashire, the only child of Thomas Heude Roughton and his wife, Helen Litler, née Johnson. Roughton's father, whom he never knew, was a serviceman based in ...

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Salmond, James Bell (1891–1958), journal editor and writer, was born at 4 Gayfield, Arbroath, on 8 December 1891, the only son of James Boath Salmond (1860–1901), co-owner and editor of the Arbroath Herald, and his wife, Anne Duncan, née Bell (b. 1857)...

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Saunders, John (1811–1895), writer and editor, born at Barnstaple, Devon, on 2 August 1811, was probably the son of John Saunders and his wife, Sarah Northcote, both of Exeter, of whom little is known. Saunders was self-educated and seems to have been left to fend for himself from as early as nine years old. The early 1830s found him living in ...

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William Smellie (1740–1795) by John Brown, 1783 The Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery