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Cicely Hamilton

Cicely Hamilton, author of William – An Englishman

Cicely Hamilton was born Cicely Hammill in 1872. Her father was in the army and her mother died when she was young. She was educated at Malvern and in Germany, taught for two years, then turned to acting in provincial rep (where she used the name Hamilton); she also wrote adventure stories for cheap periodicals and a polemic called Marriage as a Trade (1909). When World War One broke out, she volunteered in France for the Scottish Women’s Hospital then for Concerts at the Front. Besides William – An Englishman (1919), Hamilton wrote over half a dozen novels including Theodore Savage (1922) and Full Stop (1931), as well as twenty plays, of which Diana of Dobson’s is the best known. She died in 1952.

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