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Allen, Walter Ernest (1911–1995), novelist and literary scholar, was born on 23 February 1911 at Aston, Birmingham, the youngest of the four children, all sons, of Charles Henry Allen (fl. 1870–1950), silversmith's designer, and his wife, Annie Maria Thomas. His father's family came from the ...

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Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury (1932–2000) by Richard Whitehead, 1993 © Richard Whitehead; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradbury, Sir Malcolm Stanley (1932–2000), writer and literary scholar, was born on 7 September 1932 at Nether Edge Hospital, Sheffield, the elder of the two sons of Arthur Bradbury (1899–1985) and his wife, Doris, née Marshall (1898–1993). His father's family came from Macclesfield, Cheshire...

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Reid, Forrest (1875–1947), novelist and literary scholar, born at 20 Mount Charles, Belfast, on 24 June 1875, was the sixth and youngest son of Robert Reid (1825–1881), manager of a felt works, who came from a well-established upper-middle-class Ulster family, and his second wife, ...

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Rose, Christine Frances Evelyn Brooke- (1923–2012), novelist and literary critic, was born in Geneva on 16 January 1923, the younger of two daughters of Alfred Northbrook Rose (1876–1934), an English company director, and his wife, Evelyn Blanche, née Brooke, later Brooke-Rose (1893–1984). Her mother was Swiss-American, and later became a Benedictine nun in ...

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Winfried Georg Maximilian Sebald (1944–2001) by Eamonn McCabe © Eamonn McCabe

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Sebald, Winfried Georg Maximilian [Max] (1944–2001), writer and scholar of literature in German, was born on 18 May 1944 in Wertach im Allgäu, Bavaria, the only son in the family of four children of rural glassmakers whom he once described as 'conventional, Catholic, anti-Communist, working-class' (...

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John Innes Mackintosh Stewart [Michael Innes] (1906–1994) by Fay Godwin, 1973 © Fay Godwin; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stewart, John Innes Mackintosh [pseud. Michael Innes] (1906–1994), literary scholar and novelist, was born on 30 September 1906 in Edinburgh, the only child of John Stewart (1866–1947), director of education in the city of Edinburgh, and his wife, Eliza Jane, née Clark (1866–1958)...

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Raymond Henry Williams (1921–1988) by Mark Gerson, 1985 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Williams, Raymond Henry (1921–1988), literary scholar and novelist, was born on 31 August 1921 in Pandy, near Abergavenny, the only child of Henry Joseph Williams, railway signalman, of Pandy, and his wife, (Esther) Gwendolene, daughter of James Bird, farm bailiff. He was educated at ...