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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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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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William Michael Rossetti (1829–1919) by Ford Madox Brown, 1856 [William Michael Rossetti by Gaslight] National Trust Photographic Library

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Rossetti, William Michael (1829–1919), art critic and literary editor, was born on 25 September 1829 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, third of four children of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854), professor of Italian and Dante scholar, and his wife, Frances Mary Lavinia (1800–1886)...