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Tag Archives | England

Sutcliff, Rosemary

Rosemary Sutcliff, author of children’s historical novels, was born on December 14, 1920, in Surrey, England. She wrote children’s books, novels, short stories, and scripts for radio, TV, and film. In childhood, Stills disease kept her in a wheelchair and close to home. Her mother homeschooled her and first introduced her to Saxon and Celtic […]

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Knight, Eric

Eric Knight was the first to write about Lassie in his book, Lassie Come-Home. Knight was born on April 10, 1897 in Yorkshire, England. His mother married an American the second time around and the family moved to the United States, where Eric joined them when he was fifteen. He graduated from the Cambridge School of […]

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King-Smith, Dick

Born on March 27, 1922, Dick King-Smith was raised in Gloucestershire, England. One of his most-loved books is Babe, the Gallant Pig, which went on to become a major motion picture, nominated for an Academy Award. Prior to writing full-time, King-Smith was a farmer and a teacher. He lived much of his life near Bristol and was well-known […]

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Jones, Diana Wynne

I first read a book by Diana Wynne Jones in 1976. It was Cart and Cwidder and I was determined to find everything else she had written. But she was an English writer and she had only written four other books at that point, so her books were not easy to find. I waited, not patiently. […]

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Grahame, Kenneth

Born on March 8, 1859, Kenneth Grahame lived his childhood in the Highlands of Scotland and in England. His father was an attorney, his great-uncle a poet, and his cousin, Anthony Hope, wrote The Prisoner of Zenda. His branch of the family had to deal with his father’s alcoholism and his mother’s death from scarlet […]

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Godden, Rumer

Margaret Rumer Godden was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Sussex, England. One of three daughters, she was less than a year old when her father moved the family to India, where he ran a shipping line. Her Indian childhood had a strong influence on her writing. She returned to England at age 20 so she […]

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Garfield, Leon

Born in Brighton, England, on July 24, 1921, Leon Garfield is often considered to have authored books on a par with those written by Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson. He was married to children’s author Vivien Alcock, whom he met while she drove ambulance and he served in the British Army Medical Corps during […]

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Dickens, Charles

Dickens is considered one of the most popular and great literary geniuses of all time. Author, Ralph Waldo Emerson, after attending one of Dickens’s public readings remarked, “he has too much talent for his genius; it is a fearful locomotive to which he is bound and can never be free from it nor set to rest. […]

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de la Mare, Walter

Walter de la Mare, born April 25, 1873 (pen name Walter Ramal) was born at Charlton, Kent, in the south of England. His mother, Lucy Sophia, was related to the poet Robert Browning. His career as a writer began around 1895 and he published to the end of his life. De la Mare wrote for […]

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Ardizzone, Edward

Author and illustrator Edward Ardizzone was born October 16th, 1900, in Haiphong, French Indonesia (now Vietnam). He moved to England when he was five years old. As a child, he and his cousin Arthur explored the docks together and were given free run with he sailors. These experiences were the basis of his “Tim” books. […]

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