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Cicely Hamiltonwas born Cicely Hammill in 1872. Her father was in the army; when her mother died she was looked after by strangers who were unkind to her. She was educated at Malvern and in Germany, taught for two years but, disliking institutions, turned to acting in provincial rep (using the name Hamilton) as well as writing adventure stories for cheap periodicals. She believed in equal pay and birth control, being opposed to sentimentality about marriage and motherhood, and her ‘personal revolt was feminist rather than suffragist.’ BesidesWilliam – An Englishman(1919), Cicely Hamilton wrote over twenty plays, of which the best-known wasDiana of Dobsons(1908). Her polemicMarriage as a Tradeappeared in 1909. She wrote half a dozen novels includingTheodore Savage(1922), an apocalyptic story of civilisation destroyed by scientific warfare, andFull Stop(1931). Cicely Hamilton died in 1952.