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Beloe, William (1758–1817), writer and translator, was born in Norwich on 18 February 1758, son of William Beloe (d. 1791), a tradesman, and his wife, Hannah Hedslup (c.1721–1803). His early education in Norwich was followed by several years in Yorkshire...

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Blundeville, Thomas (1522?–1606?), author and translator, was the eldest son of Edward Blundeville (1492/3–1568), of Newton Flotman, Norfolk, and Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Godsalve. His brother was Jeremy Blundeville of Toft Monks. Suggestions that he was educated at Cambridge remain unsubstantiated; it is possible that he entered ...

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Edward FitzGerald Brenan (1894–1987) by Dora Carrington, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brenan, Edward FitzGerald [Gerald] (1894–1987), writer and Hispanic scholar, was born on 7 April 1894 at Sliema, Malta, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Hugh Brenan, subaltern in the Royal Irish Rifles, and his wife, Helen, daughter of Sir Ogilvie Graham...

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Bulteel, John (bap. 1627, d. in or before 1692), writer and translator, was probably the second son and sixth child of John Bulteel (1584–1665), pastor of the Walloon church at Canterbury, and his wife, Marie Gabry: he was baptized there by his father on 26 August 1627. The ...

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Busk [née Blair], Mary Margaret (1779–1863), writer and translator, was born at Portland Place, London, in 1779, the daughter of Alexander Blair (1737–1815/16), a wealthy nonconformist soap manufacturer and timber trade merchant from Birmingham, and his wife, Mary Johnson (1749–1827). Her father, a proprietor of the ...

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Elizabeth Carter (1717–1806) by Katharine Read, c. 1765 reproduced by kind permission of Dr. Johnson's House Trust

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Carter, Elizabeth (1717–1806), poet, translator, and writer, was born on 16 December 1717 at Deal in Kent, the first child and eldest daughter of the Revd Nicolas Carter (1688–1774), perpetual curate of Deal Chapel, and one of the six preachers at Canterbury Cathedral...

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Elizabeth Cary, Viscountess Falkland (1585–1639) by Paul van Somer, c. 1620 Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston, TX; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cary [née Tanfield], Elizabeth, Viscountess Falkland (1585–1639), writer and translator, was born at Burford Priory, Oxfordshire, the only child of Lawrence Tanfield (c. 1551–1625), lawyer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1629), daughter of Giles Symonds and Catherine, née Lee. Much of what is known of her derives from a manuscript life written about 1650 by one of her daughters, ...

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Castelvetro, Giacomo (bap. 1546, d. 1616), writer and teacher of Italian, was born in Modena, Italy, and was baptized there at S. Barnaba, on 25 March 1546, the third son and ninth child of Niccolò Castelvetro (d. 1578), a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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Charlton, Mary (fl. 1794–1824), writer and translator, is principally remembered as being the author of several successful novels at the close of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries. Little else is known about her life. Her first novel, The Parisian, or, Anecdotes of Distinguished Characters...

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Chatelain, Clara de [née Clara Du Mazet de Pontigny] (1807–1876), author and translator, was born on 31 July 1807 in London, the daughter of Victor-Henri du Mazet de Pontigny, an émigré French count, and his English wife, Mary. She was educated partly in ...

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Clarke, (Charles) Allen (1863–1935), journalist and dialect writer, was born at 58 Parrot Street, Bolton, Lancashire, on 26 February 1863, the eldest of nine children of Joseph Clarke, a cotton mule spinner, and his wife, Martha, née Marsh, also a factory worker. The journalist ...

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Crull, Jodocus (d. 1713/14), writer and translator, was a native of Hamburg who studied medicine at Leiden (MD, 1679) and thereafter settled in England. He was admitted MD of Cambridge by incorporation on 7 August 1681 and licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians...

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Darcie [Darcy], Abraham (fl. 1623–1635), author and translator, called himself, in his work on the Howard family, Abraham de Ville Adrecie, alias Darcie. According to the inscription on his portrait by Delaram he was the son of Peter Darcie and was born in ...

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D'Assigny, Marius [Marie] (bap. 1643, d. 1717), author and translator, was baptized Marie at St Helier, Jersey, on 15 March 1643, the younger surviving son of Pierre D'Assigny (1635–1660), the rector there, and of his second wife, Elisabeth or Elizabeth (d. 1652×4)...

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Dauncey, John (fl. 1660–1663), author and translator, wrote two histories of recent events in England from a royalist standpoint. These were A History of His Sacred Majesty Charles II, from 1649, published in 1660 before the Restoration and dedicated to Henry Pierrepoint, marquess of Dorchester...

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Edwards, Amelia Ann Blanford (1831–1892), author and Egyptologist, was born in Colebrook Row, Islington, London, on 7 June 1831, the only child of Thomas Edwards (1786–1860), a half-pay army officer who later worked for the Provincial Bank of Ireland in London, and Alicia Walpole (...

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Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831–1892) by Herbert Watkins, late 1850s © National Portrait Gallery, London