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Faris, Ahmad [Aḣmad Fāris; formerly Faris ibn Yusuf al-Shidyaq] (1805/6–1887), author and translator, was born in al-Hadath, Lebanon, the youngest of five sons of Abu Husayn Yusuf ibn Mansur al-Shidyaq (1762–1821), secretary and tutor of Lebanese chieftains, and his wife, the daughter of ...


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James Harold Kirkup (1918–2009) by Maurice de Sausmarez, 1951 © by kind permission of Jane de Sausmarez; image courtesy University of Leeds Art Collection


Kirkup, James Harold (1918–2009), poet and translator, was born at 19 Robertson Street, South Shields, co. Durham, on 23 April 1918, the son of James Harold Kirkup (1886–1958), a carpenter then serving as a company sergeant-major in the Royal Marines, and his wife ...