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Alexander, Peter (1893–1969), literary editor and scholar, was born on 19 September 1893, at 3 Great George Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, the only son of Robert Alexander (1844–1900) of Glasgow, schoolmaster and later head teacher, and Christina Cameron McDonald Munn (1863–1949), schoolmistress. After his father's death in 1900 ...

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Baron, Richard (d. 1768), literary editor and political writer, was born at Leeds, and educated at Glasgow University between October 1737 and May 1740. He left with a testimonial signed by Francis Hutcheson and Robert Simpson. Baron became a friend of Thomas Gordon...

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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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William Blackwood (1836–1912) by William Logsdail © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blackwood, William (1836–1912), literary editor and publisher, was born on 13 July 1836 at Lucknow, India, eldest son of Major William Blackwood (1810–1861) and Emma Moore. In 1842 he was sent back to the family home in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, to begin his education at the ...

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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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Bowdler, Thomas (1754–1825), writer and literary editor, was born on 11 July 1754 at Ashley, near Bath, the younger son of Thomas Bowdler (bap. 1719, d. 1785) and his wife, Elizabeth Stuart Bowdler, née Cotton (d. 1797). His father, a gentleman of independent fortune, was descended from an ancient family originally settled at ...

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Bowle, John (1725–1788), literary editor, was born on 15 October 1725 at Idmiston, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, the eldest of the four children of John Bowle (c.1700–1743), gentleman, and his wife, Sarah (1700–1785), daughter of the Revd Thomas Westley, rector of Brockley, Somerset...

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Braham, Robert (fl. 1555), literary editor, is known to posterity solely by his 'pistle to the reader' that prefaces the edition of John Lydgate's Troy Book, published by Thomas Marshe in 1555. Braham offers a critique of earlier versions of the ...

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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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Braybrooke, Neville Patrick Bellairs (1923–2001), writer and editor, was born at 22A Devonshire Street, London, on 30 May 1923, the only child of Patrick Philip William Braybrooke, journalist and biographer, and his first wife, Lettice Marjorie, née Bellairs (1890–1986), who had been a nurse before her marriage. His father left his mother when ...

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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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Arthur Henry Bullen (1857–1920) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bullen, Arthur Henry (1857–1920), literary editor and publisher, was born in London on 9 February 1857, the second son of George Bullen (1816x18–1894), and his first wife, Eliza Mary Martin (d. 1887). He was educated at the City of London School, where the headmaster, ...

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Caldecott, Thomas (bap. 1744, d. 1833), barrister and literary editor, was born in Rugby and baptized on 13 April 1744, the eldest of three sons of William Caldecott of Rugby and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the Revd Peter Senhouse, of Linton, Herefordshire...

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Alexander Chalmers (1759–1834) by Richard James Lane, 1836 © National Portrait Gallery, London