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Aguilar, Grace (1816–1847), writer on Jewish history and religion and novelist, was born on 2 June 1816 in Hackney, Middlesex, the eldest of the three children of Emanuel Aguilar (1787–1845), merchant, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1854), daughter of Jacob Dias Fernandez...

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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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Collyer [née Mitchell], Mary (1716/17–1762), translator and novelist, is of unknown parentage, nor has her birthplace been identified. Although her work demonstrates a good knowledge of languages and literature, there is no record of her early life or education, with the exception of one comment by ...

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Drower [née Stevens], Ethel May Stefana, Lady Drower (1879–1972), orientalist and novelist, was born on 1 December 1879 in North Road, Highgate, Middlesex, the first of the four daughters of the Revd Silas William Stevens (1856–1916), rector of Burley, Hampshire, and then ...

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Dutt, Toru (1856–1877), Indian poet, translator, and novelist, was born at 12 Maniktollah Street, Rambagan, Calcutta, India, on 4 March 1856, the youngest daughter in the family of three children of Govin Chunder Dutt and his wife, Kshetramoni, née Mitter. Apart from a year (...

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Toru Dutt (1856–1877), by unknown artist

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Lewis, Agnes Smith (1843–1926), Arabic and Syriac scholar and novelist, was born Agnes Smith on 16 April 1843 in Irvine, Ayrshire. She was the elder identical twin daughter of John Smith (d. 1866), writer to the signet of Irvine, and his wife, ...

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Mourgues, Odette Marie Hélène Louise de (1914–1988), French scholar and novelist, was born on 14 May 1914 in Le Puy, France, the eldest child and only daughter of Pierre de Mourgues, physician, and his wife, Hélène, née Terle. Both her brothers followed their father into medicine. She was educated at the lycée in ...

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Wilhelmina Johnston Muir [Agnes Neill Scott] (1890–1970) by Nigel McIsaac, 1944 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Muir [née Anderson], Wilhelmina Johnston [Willa] [pseud. Agnes Neill Scott] (1890–1970), novelist and translator, was born on 13 March 1890 at 14 Chapel Place, Montrose, Forfarshire (Angus), the oldest of three surviving children of Peter Anderson (1864/5–1899), draper, and Elizabeth (Betty) Gray, ...

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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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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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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...

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Voynich [née Boole], Ethel Lilian [Lily] [E. L. V.] (1864–1960), novelist, translator, and musician, was born on 11 May 1864 at Lichfield Cottage, Blackrock, Ballintemple, near Cork, the youngest daughter of the mathematician and logician George Boole (1815–1864) and his wife, Mary Boole, ...

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Warner, Reginald Ernest [Rex] (1905–1986), novelist, classicist, and translator, was born on 9 March 1905 in Amberley, Gloucestershire, the only child of the Revd Frederic Ernest Warner, vicar ('of the modernist persuasion') of Amberley, and his schoolteacher wife Kathleen, daughter of the ...