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Aubin, Penelope (1679?–1738), novelist and translator, was the daughter of Sir Richard Temple, third baronet (1634–1697), and his mistress, Anne Charleton, second daughter of the physician and natural philosopher Walter Charleton (1620–1707). Suggestions, originating with Abbé Antoine Prévost, that Penelope was the daughter of a French émigré officer have been disproved by recent research that has also added substantially to aspects of her biography (...

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Cadell [née Nash], Jessie Ellen (1844–1884), novelist and orientalist, was born at Devonshire Lodge, Pancras Vale, Hampstead Road, London, on 23 August 1844, the daughter of William Nash, a City merchant, and his wife, Emma, née Jell. Her father died while she was young, and her mother married ...

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Pargeter, Edith Mary [pseud. Ellis Peters] (1913–1995), novelist and translator, was born on 28 September 1913 in the Shropshire hamlet of Horsehay, the youngest of three children of Edmund Valentine Pargeter (d. 1940), head clerk at Horsehay ironworks, and his wife, ...

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Schiff, Sydney Alfred [pseud. Stephen Hudson] (1868–1944), novelist, translator, and patron of the arts, was born in London, the illegitimate child of Alfred George Schiff (c.1840–1908), a stockbroker, and Caroline Mary Ann Eliza Cavell, née Scates (1842–c.1896). Caroline...

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Thomas, William Moy (1828–1910), novelist, journalist, and translator, was born in Hackney, Middlesex, on 3 January 1828, the younger son of Moy Thomas (1787–1844) and Harriet Theresa Thomas. His father was a solicitor and vestry clerk of St Mary Woolnoth. The Moy Thomases...