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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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Richard Howard Stafford Crossman (1907–1974) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crossman, Richard Howard Stafford (1907–1974), politician and diarist, was born on 15 December 1907 in Porchester Terrace, Bayswater, London, the third of six children (three boys and three girls) of Sir (Charles) Stafford Crossman (1870–1941) of Buckhurst Hill House, Essex, and his wife, ...

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Fox, Henry Edward, fourth Baron Holland of Holland and fourth Baron Holland of Foxley (1802–1859), diarist and diplomatist, was born on 7 March 1802 at Holland House, Kensington. He was the only surviving legitimate son of Henry Richard Fox, third Baron Holland (1773–1840)...

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Meysenbug, Baroness Malwida Rivalier von (1816–1903), writer and exile, was born Malwida Rivalier in Kassel, the capital of Hesse, on 28 October 1816, the daughter of Carl Philipp Rivalier (1779–1847), a courtier of Elector Wilhelm I of Hesse, created Baron von Meysenbug by ...