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Black, Dorothy [Kitty] (1914–2006), theatrical agent and translator, was born on 30 April 1914 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the younger daughter and youngest of six children of Francis Black (d. 1918), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Elizabeth Johanna, née Albertyn. A brother, ...

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Bowle, John (1725–1788), literary editor, was born on 15 October 1725 at Idmiston, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, the eldest of the four children of John Bowle (c.1700–1743), gentleman, and his wife, Sarah (1700–1785), daughter of the Revd Thomas Westley, rector of Brockley, Somerset...

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Bray [née Jacobs], Barbara (1924–2010), translator and script editor, was born at 35 Croxley Road, Maida Vale, London, on 24 November 1924, one of identical twins, daughters of Henry Jacobs, a clerical officer at the Ministry of Health, and his wife, Violet, ...

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Chamberlayne, John (1668/9–1723), translator and literary editor, was a younger son of Edward Chamberlayne (1616–1703), author of Angliae notitiae, or, The Present State of England, and his wife, Susannah Clifford (d. 1704). He was probably born in Chelsea but may have spent part of his childhood in ...

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Dumont, Pierre-Étienne-Louis [Étienne] (1759–1829), editor and promoter of the work of Jeremy Bentham, was born in Geneva on 18 July 1759, the youngest of six children of Abraham David Dumont (d. 1762), jeweller, and his wife, Louise-Esther Illens. He was educated at the ...

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Giles, John Allen (1808–1884), translator and literary editor, son of William Giles and his wife, Sophia, née Allen, was born on 26 October 1808 at Southwick House, in the parish of Mark, Somerset, the home of his father and grandfather. Aged sixteen he entered ...

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Hazlitt, William (1811–1893), editor and translator, was born in Winterslow, Wiltshire, on 26 November 1811, the only surviving child of William Hazlitt (1778–1830), writer and painter, and his wife, Sarah, née Stoddart (1774–1840). From 1812, when the elder Hazlitt had secured a regular post as a parliamentary reporter on the ...

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Leftwich, Joseph (1892–1983), writer, editor, and translator, was born Joseph Lewkowitz on 20 September 1892 in Zutphen, the Netherlands, the son of Leopold Lewkowitz, a Polish Jewish cobbler, and his wife, Johanna Bachara. According to the 'Autobiographical Note' included in his eighty-fifth birthday tribute, he was fortunate to survive a difficult circumcision. The family moved to ...

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Mackenzie, John (1806–1848), collector of Gaelic verse, was born on 17 July 1806 at Meallan Theàrlaich in the parish of Gairloch, Ross-shire. His father, Alasdair, was closely related to the Mackenzie lairds of Gairloch, and his mother, Margaret Mackenzie, was a granddaughter of a famous minister, ...