Maria Edgeworth (January 1, 1768 – May 22, 1849) was an Anglo-Irish author of adult and children's literature. She is best known for her books on English manners and customs during the Georgian and Victorian periods, which include Social Life in the Eighteenth Century and Modern Domestic Science.
She was born in Dublin to Richard Lovett Edgeworth and Anne Browne. Her father was a wealthy Irish landowner who served as Lord Mayor of Dublin. He also had political ambitions, but they were not fulfilled because he died when Maria was only nine years old. She was educated by private tutors and at a young age started writing essays for payment. This is how she could support herself and her family when her father's business failed.
After her father's death, she moved with her mother to England where she spent several years under the care of relatives before going to live with friends of her parents. It was there that she met Sir Francis Burdett, who became her first love interest. They married in 1790 but the marriage only lasted five years. After the divorce, she went back to live with her mother who had now remarried. In Ireland, Maria wrote some novels which were very successful.
Black Bourton, United Kingdom Maria Edgeworth/Birthplace of the modern novel: born on January 15, 1768 in Black Bourton, England; died on April 6, 1849 in New York City.
She was the daughter of a wealthy landowner and educated at home by private tutors. She married Francis Houltham Smith, son of a wealthy London merchant, when she was only sixteen years old. They had three children together before divorcing two years later. After her divorce, she began writing novels that were popular with both women and men. These novels included Crime and Punishment, The Parent's Assistant, and Vanity Fair.
Maria Edgeworth is considered the mother of the modern novel because of her contributions to the field of fiction. She is also regarded as an important social commentator and political activist who used her books to promote ideas such as equality for women and educational opportunities for people of color. Her works have been translated into many languages and are still being written about today.
In 1764, when Maria was only four years old, her father was killed during a military campaign against the French in Germany.
(1903–1976) Edith Farnsworth, a native Chicagoan, was born into the timber and paper industry and was groomed to be extremely well-educated. She attended the University of Chicago for literature and composition, and the American Conservatory of Music for violin. In 1925, she moved to New York City where she became one of the first female directors of a major corporation. She also spent several years working on her own real estate projects in Florida and Arizona.
Farnsworth retired from RCA in 1969 at the age of 65 but remained active in civic affairs until her death in 1976. She is best known for her work with disadvantaged children by founding 40 schools in 10 countries with her husband Ralph Waldo Emerson "Rex" Farnsworth. They began their mission in 1927 when they founded the Purdy School for Boys in Bronx, New York. The couple's only child, Rebecca, was born in 1929 and she took over the leadership of the mission after her parents died in a plane crash near Tucson, Arizona in December 1936. Under Rebecca's direction, the mission grew to include 140 schools with 15,000 students in 34 countries around the world.
Rebecca Farnsworth died in 1992 at the age of 70. She is buried next to her father and mother at the Emerson Cemetery in St. Marys, Pennsylvania.
A new, self-assured Catholic middle class was forming. Joyce was the first person from this town to become a renowned English-language writer. His great Irish predecessors, Wilde, Shaw, and Yeats, were all from Anglo-Irish families.
Joyce's father was born in Ireland into an Anglo-Irish family. His mother was from a prominent French-Catholic family that had migrated to England. They met when his father was traveling through France looking for work. When Joyce was five years old, his family moved to London, where his father found employment as a clerk at the Guinness Brewery. The family lived in a small house on Sir John Rogerson's Park, which was then outside of Dublin city limits.
Joyce went to school in England and Switzerland. He enjoyed learning and showed an interest in literature from an early age. After graduating from St. Joseph's College, South Town, he spent some time working as an assistant in a bookstore before going to Paris in 1882 to study medicine. But he soon gave up medicine for writing. In 1886, he returned to Ireland and settled in Dublin. There he became friends with Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats.
In 1897, Joyce started publishing poems and stories in magazines such as the Celtic Review and the Oxford Magazine.
Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE (/'me: rdak/MUR-dok; 15 July 1919-8 February 1999) was a novelist and philosopher of Irish and British origin. She was born in Dublin but grew up in London.
Iris Murdoch was the daughter of a wealthy family who owned a textile business. She had two siblings: a brother, John; and a sister, Philippa. When she was five years old, her family moved to Scotland so they could escape the poverty of early twentieth-century London. They settled in a small town near Edinburgh called Craigmount. Iris learned to speak Scottish Gaelic here.
She studied at several universities including Oxford where she read philosophy. But she abandoned her studies to marry English writer and artist Lawrence Olivier. The couple had one son together but were divorced after just four years of marriage. She then married Lord David Murdoch, an aristocrat nine years her senior. He was also divorced with one son. Together, the three of them had a daughter. Iris became more and more interested in religious ideas and eventually converted to Catholicism. She returned to Britain and lived as a Catholic nun for several years before retiring from this life.
Iris Murdoch was one of the most important philosophers of imagination in modern literature.
He wrote to Dame Vera to inquire about her Irish ancestry. Dame Vera responded, stating she had ancestors from Dublin on her mother's side. Simon Martin, hailing from the Glaswegian region, was her grandpa. Dame Vera informed him in a letter dated 2012 that she'd only met them once, many years ago. She didn't mention how they had communicated with each other.
Now, it is possible that Dame Vera lied in this letter. After all, she was a patriotic British woman during the height of the World War II era. It isn't outside the realm of possibility that she might have tried to curry favor with Simon Martin by claiming an Irish connection.
However, it is also possible that she told the truth. After all, there are records showing that her grandparents were married in Ireland. This would make her lineage Irish, regardless of what she claimed in her letter.
In any case, it seems clear that Vera Lynn's family history is mixed, with roots in both Ireland and England. This explains why some sources claim that she was born in London while others say she was born in Southhampton, England.
She grew up listening to the radio and watching television broadcasts from both countries as they went to war. This must have left an impression on her at a very young age because she claimed in a 2002 interview that she had always felt connected to two different worlds: Britain and Ireland.