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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–1896), illustrator, cartoonist, and novelist, was born on 6 March 1834 at 80 Champs Elysées, Paris, and baptized in May 1835 at Rotherfield, Sussex, the eldest of the three children of Louis-Mathurin Busson Du Maurier (1797–1856) and his wife, ...

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George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834–1896) self-portrait, c. 1856 private collection

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Fowles, John Robert (1926–2005), author and museum curator, was born on 31 March 1926 at Waygate, 37 Fillebrook Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the only son and elder child of Robert John Fowles and his wife, Gladys May, née Richards. While his father commuted into ...

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John Robert Fowles (1926–2005) by Tomas Watson, 2001 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Harling, (Henry) Robert (1910–2008), typographic designer, novelist, and magazine editor, was born on 27 March 1910 at 27 Thorpedale Road, Islington, London, the elder son of Henry Robert Harling (1876–1954), taxi driver and former regular soldier, and his wife, Adelaide Lavinia, née Thomas (1876–1949)...

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Mankowitz, Cyril Woolf [Wolf] (1924–1998), author, playwright, and scriptwriter, was born at 45 Fashion Street, Whitechapel, London, on 7 November 1924, the eldest child of Solomon Mankowitz (1893–1975), a second-hand clothier and market trader, and his wife, Becky, née Brick (1894–1972). His mother's parents had come to ...

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Morgan, William Frend De (1839–1917), potter and novelist, was born on 16 November 1839 at 69 Gower Street, London, the second child of Augustus De Morgan (1806–1871) and Sophia Frend (1809–1892). His father was the first professor of pure mathematics at University College, London...

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William Frend De Morgan (1839–1917) by Evelyn De Morgan, 1909 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Oakman, John (c. 1748–1793), engraver and writer of songs and novels, was born at Hendon, Middlesex. He received a grammar-school education and was apprenticed to the map engraver Emanuel Bowen. He left before completing his indenture, having proved troublesome to his master; furthermore, he seduced ...

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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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Walford [née Colquhoun], Lucy Bethia (1845–1915), novelist and artist, was born on 17 April 1845 at 11 Brighton Crescent, Portobello, Edinburgh, the seventh child of Frances Sara Fuller Maitland (1813–1877), poet and hymn writer, and John Colquhoun (1805–1885) of Luss, Dunbartonshire, a sportsman, naturalist, author of ...

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Peggy Eileen Williams (1909–1958) by Peter North © Peter North; by permission of the National Library of Wales

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Williams [née Whistler], Peggy Eileen [pseud. Margiad Evans] (1909–1958), writer and artist, was born on 17 March 1909 at Rush Holt, Uxbridge, Middlesex, the second daughter of Godfrey James Whistler (1866–1936), an insurance clerk, and his wife, Katherine Isabel, née Wood (...

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Williams, Denis Joseph Ivan [Dennis] (1923–1998), artist, archaeologist, and novelist, was born on 1 February 1923 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of Joseph Alexander Williams, a merchant, and his wife, Isabella, née Adonis, a seamstress and amateur painter, and lady's maid to an expatriate wife. He was originally named ...