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Empson, Sir William (1906–1984)  

Maker: Rupert Shephard

Sir William Empson (1906–1984) by Rupert Shephard, c. 1944 © Estate of Rupert Shephard; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Empson, Sir William (1906–1984), poet and literary critic  

John Haffenden

Empson, Sir William (1906–1984), poet and literary critic, was born at Yokefleet Hall, Howden, near Goole, Yorkshire, on 27 September 1906, the youngest of five children of Arthur Reginald Empson (1853–1916), landowner, squire, and magistrate, of Yokefleet Hall, and his wife, Laura Micklethwait (1865–1944)...

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Read, Sir Herbert Edward (1893–1968), poet, literary critic, and writer on art  

Tanya Harrod

Read, Sir Herbert Edward (1893–1968), poet, literary critic, and writer on art, was born on 4 December 1893 at Muscoates Grange, near Kirkby Moorside, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest of the four children of Herbert Edward Read (1868–1903), tenant farmer, and of ...

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Sir Leslie Stephen (1832–1904) by George Charles Beresford, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832–1904), author, literary critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography  

Alan Bell

Stephen, Sir Leslie (1832–1904), author, literary critic, and first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, was born at his father's house in Kensington Gore, later 42 Hyde Park Gate, London, on 28 November 1832. His grandfather was James Stephen (1758–1832), master in ...

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Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837–1909)  

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Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909) by George Frederic Watts, 1867 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837–1909), poet and literary reviewer  

Rikky Rooksby

Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837–1909), poet and literary reviewer, was born on 5 April 1837 at 7 Chester Street, London, the second of six children of Admiral Charles Henry Swinburne (1797–1877) and his wife, Lady Jane Henrietta (1809–1896), daughter of George, third earl of Ashburnham...