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Brigid Antonia Brophy (1929–1995) by Mark Gerson, 1966 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brophy, Brigid Antonia [married name Brigid Antonia Levey, Lady Levey] (1929–1995), writer and campaigner, was born at 79 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London, on 12 June 1929, the second child of John Brophy (1899–1965), a Liverpool-born writer and editor of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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(Henry) Havelock Ellis (1859–1939) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1922 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellis, (Henry) Havelock (1859–1939), writer and sexologist, was born on 2 February 1859 at 1 St John's Grove, Croydon, Surrey, the eldest child and only son of Edward Peppern Ellis (1827–1914), a sea captain, and his wife, Susannah Mary (1829–1888), whose father, John Wheatley...

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Jones, Alice Gray [pseud. Ceridwen Peris] (1852–1943), writer, journal editor, and temperance leader, was born in December 1852 in Llanllyfni, Caernarvonshire, the daughter of David and Ellen Jones, her father's family running a small woollen mill at Clynnog Fawr nearby. Both her parents were active Calvinistic Methodists. Her childhood was spent in ...

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Raffalovich, Marc-André (1864–1934), writer, was born in Paris on 11 September 1864, the third child of Hermann Raffalovich (d. 1893), a prosperous banker, and his wife, Marie (d. 1921). His parents were Jews who migrated from Odessa to Paris in 1863: his mother was a cultivated hostess who presided over a salon at ...

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John Addington Symonds (1840–1893) by Eveleen Myers © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Symonds, John Addington (1840–1893), writer and advocate of sexual reform, was born on 5 October 1840 at 7 Berkeley Square, Bristol, the only surviving son (there were two older sisters and one younger) of Dr John Addington Symonds (1807–1871), physician, and his wife, ...

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Williams, Howard (1837–1931), writer and advocate of vegetarianism, was born on 6 January 1837, at Whatley rectory, Somerset, the fifth son of the Revd Hamilton John Williams (1796–1879) and his wife, Margaret Sophia, daughter of Thomas Taunton. He was educated at home and was admitted as a pensioner to ...