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Albert, Harold [formerly Harold Albert Kemp; pseud. Helen Cathcart] (1909–1997), author and journalist, was born on 15 April 1909 at 48 Marsala Road, Lewisham, the son of Albert William Kemp, builder, and his wife, Mabel, the daughter of Frederick Read, dramatic reciter. He was educated at ...

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Dame Cicily Isabel Andrews [Rebecca West] (1892–1983) by Wyndham Lewis, 1932 © Estate of Mrs G. A. Wyndham Lewis / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrews [née Fairfield], Dame Cicily Isabel [pseud. Rebecca West] (1892–1983), writer, critic, and journalist, was born on 21 December 1892 at 28 Burlington Road, Westbourne Park, London, the youngest of three children (all daughters) of Charles Fairfield (1843–1906) and his wife, ...

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Eric Arthur Blair [George Orwell] (1903–1950) by Felix H. Man, c. 1947 © Estate of Felix H. Man / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blair, Eric Arthur [pseud. George Orwell] (1903–1950), political writer and essayist, was born in Motihari, Bengal, India, on 25 June 1903, the only son of Richard Walmesley Blair (1857–1938), a sub-deputy opium agent in the government of Bengal, and his wife, Ida Mabel Limouzin (1875–1943)...

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Blanchard, (Samuel) Laman (1803–1845), author and journalist, was born at Great Yarmouth on 15 May 1803, the only son of Samuel Blanchard and his wife, the widowed Mary Cowell, née Laman. There were five other children of the marriage, all of them daughters. In 1804 his father moved to ...

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Davie, Michael (1924–2005), journalist and author, was born at Belhaven, Cranleigh, Surrey, on 15 January 1924, the second son and youngest of three children of Russell Davie, head of a stock-jobbing firm in the City of London, and his wife, Harriet Selina Hatton, ...

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Dicey, Edward James Stephen (1832–1911), author and journalist, born on 15 May 1832 at Claybrook Hall, Claybrook, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, was the second son of Thomas Edward Dicey (b. 1789), of an old Leicestershire family, who was senior wrangler at Cambridge in 1811, was a pioneer of the ...

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Graves, Philip Perceval (1876–1953), journalist and author, was born at Sandiford House, Stamford Road, Bowdon, Cheshire, on 25 February 1876, the eldest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Alfred Perceval Graves (1846–1931) of Dublin, inspector of schools and poet, and his first wife, ...

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Harkness, Margaret Elise (1854–1923), author and journalist, was born on 28 February 1854 at Great Malvern, Worcestershire, the second of five children of Robert Harkness (1826–1886), a Church of England clergyman, and Elizabeth Bolton Toswill (1821–1916). At the time of her marriage to ...

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Jane, (John) Frederick Thomas (1865–1916), author, journalist, and illustrator, was born in Richmond, Surrey, on 6 August 1865, the eldest of four sons and three daughters of the Revd John Jane, later vicar of Upottery, Devon, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of the ...

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Moorhouse, Geoffrey (1931–2009), journalist and author, was born on 29 November 1931 at 371 St Helens Road, Bolton, the son of William Heald, insurance agent, and his wife, Gladys, née Hoyle. When his mother remarried in 1942 he took the surname of his stepfather, ...

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Mudford, William (1782–1848), author and journalist, was born on 8 January 1782 at Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, London. Details of his family background and early schooling are unknown, but in 1800, at the age of eighteen, he came to prominence as an assistant secretary to the ...

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St John, Horace Stebbing Roscoe (1830–1888), author and journalist, was the son of James Augustus St John (1795–1875), author, from Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, and Eliza Caroline Agar Hansard (c.1798–1867), daughter of Alexander Hansard, surgeon and apothecary, of Bristol. He was born in ...

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Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard (1856–1911) by Barraud, pubd 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stannard [née Palmer], Henrietta Eliza Vaughan [pseuds. Violet Whyte, John Strange Winter] (1856–1911), author and journalist, was born on 13 January 1856 at The Cottage, Trinity Lane, York, the only daughter of Henry Vaughan Palmer (d. 1877), rector of ...