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Carnell, Edward John (1912–1972), science fiction writer, journal editor, and literary agent, was born on 8 April 1912 in Plumstead, London, the only child of William John Carnell, a charge hand who worked at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, and his wife, Louisa Woollett...

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Kathleen Elsie Dick (1915–2001) by John Vere Brown, 1966 © John Vere Brown; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dick, Kathleen Elsie [Kay] (1915–2001), editor and author, was born on 29 July 1915 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, the only child of part-Irish sometime actress Kate Frances Coleman. She was never told the name of her father. Dick was the surname of a Swiss businessman, ...

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Harland, Henry (1861–1905), novelist and journal editor, mythologized his origins, claiming a St Petersburg birthplace. The son of Thomas Harland (1830–1900), then a journalist on the New York World, and Irene Jones Harland (1839–1925), and the only one of three children to survive childhood, he was born in ...

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Payn, James (1830–1898), novelist and journal editor, was born on 28 February 1830 at Rodney Lodge, Rodney Terrace, Cheltenham, the second son of William Payn (1774/5–1840) and his wife, Harriet. His father, who was clerk to the River Thames commissioners, a justice of the peace, and also sometime treasurer for the county of ...

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Rymer, James Malcolm [pseuds. M. J. Errym, Malcolm J. Merry] (1814–1884), novelist and journal editor, was born in Holborn, London, on 1 February 1814 (gravestone, Kensal Green; private information, D. Collins), the second son in the family of five sons and one daughter of ...

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Auberon Alexander Waugh (1939–2001) by John Swannell, 1982 © John Swannell

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Waugh, Auberon Alexander [Bron] (1939–2001), journalist and author, was born on 17 November 1939 at Pixton Park, Dulverton, Somerset, the country house of his mother's family, the second of six surviving children and eldest of three sons of Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh (1903–1966)...