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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

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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 ...