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Berkeley [née Frinsham], Eliza (1734–1800), literary editor, was born at the vicarage of White Waltham in Windsor Forest, the eldest daughter of the Revd Henry Frinsham (d. 1745) and Elizabeth (d. 1754), youngest daughter of Francis Cherry, of Shottesbrooke House, Berkshire...

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Black, Dorothy [Kitty] (1914–2006), theatrical agent and translator, was born on 30 April 1914 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the younger daughter and youngest of six children of Francis Black (d. 1918), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Elizabeth Johanna, née Albertyn. A brother, ...

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Bowdler, Henrietta Maria [Harriet] (1750–1830), writer and literary editor, was born in Conington, Huntingdonshire, the daughter of Thomas Bowdler (bap. 1719, d. 1785), and his wife, Elizabeth Stuart Bowdler, née Cotton (d. 1797). She was one of six children, all of whom were raised in ...

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Bray [née Jacobs], Barbara (1924–2010), translator and script editor, was born at 35 Croxley Road, Maida Vale, London, on 24 November 1924, one of identical twins, daughters of Henry Jacobs, a clerical officer at the Ministry of Health, and his wife, Violet, ...

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Sonia Mary Brownell [Sonia Orwell] (1918–1980) by unknown photographer, 1949 [left, at the offices of Horizon] UCL, MSSRB, Orwell Archive 3B18

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Brownell [married names Blair, Pitt-Rivers], Sonia Mary [known as Sonia Orwell] (1918–1980), literary editor, writer, and friend of artists and intellectuals, was born Sonia Mary Brownell on 25 August 1918 at Mesra Thaua, Ranchi, Bihar, India, the younger daughter of ...

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Sara Coleridge (1802–1852) by Richard James Lane, 1852 (after Samuel Laurence, 1848) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coleridge, Sara (1802–1852), writer and literary editor, was born on 23 December 1802 at Greta Hall, Keswick, the youngest of the three children of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet and philosopher, and his wife, Sara Fricker Coleridge (1770–1845). Although she spent little time in the company of her father, who, estranged from his wife, preferred ...

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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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(Esmé) Valerie Eliot (1926–2012) by Angus McBean, 1957 © Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University

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Eliot [née Fletcher], (Esmé) Valerie (1926–2012), literary executor and editor, was born on 17 August 1926 in Ancaster Road, Headingley, Leeds, the daughter of James Fletcher (1895–1957), an insurance manager at State Assurance Company, and his wife, Esmé May, née Bruce (1894–1987)...

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Foxcroft [formerly Jones], Helen Charlotte (1865–1950), historian and literary editor, was born on 12 December 1865 at Hinton House, Hinton Charterhouse, Somerset, the eldest of the seven surviving children (two sons and five daughters) of Edward Talbot Day Jones (1837–1911) of Hinton House...

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Hodgson [née Rosenthal], Miriam Ann (1938–2005), editor of children's books, was born on 10 December 1938 at Denison House, Denison Road, Rusholme, Manchester, the only daughter of Erwin Isak Jacob Rosenthal (1904–1991), Hebrew scholar and orientalist, and his wife, Elisabeth Charlotte, née...

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Mabell Frances Elizabeth Ogilvy, countess of Airlie (1866–1956) by John Singer Sargent, 1923 in a private Scottish collection

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Ogilvy [née Gore], Mabell Frances Elizabeth, countess of Airlie (1866–1956), courtier and literary editor, was born in Charles Street, London, on 10 March 1866, the eldest of the four children of Arthur Gore (1839–1901), who was at that time Lord Sudley and who succeeded as ...

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Paget [née Masterson], Briget (b. 1570, d. in or after 1647), literary editor, was born in Nantwich, Cheshire, the daughter of Richard Masterson and Elizabeth Grosvenor. There is no record of her education but her preface to Meditations of Death shows her as literate and engaged in political and theological ideas. Its author, her husband, ...

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Smith, Naomi Gwladys Royde- (1875–1964), literary editor and writer, was born on 30 April 1875 at Craven Edge, Halifax, the eldest of six daughters and two sons of Michael Holroyd Smith (1847–1932), an electrical engineer responsible for the electrification of the City and South London Railway...