Angela Thirkell

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Angela Thirkell (1890-1961), formerly MacInnes, née Mackail, was an exceedingly well-connected person, and she derived much of the social background and attitudes in her novels from this fact. She was born on 30 January 1890, the elder daughter of John William Mackail (1859-1945) and his wife Margaret (1866-1953), who was the daughter of pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-98). Angela’s maternal grandmother, Georgiana Burne-Jones (1840-1920), née Macdonald, was one of four Victorian sisters who married creative men, and also produced distinguished offspring (see Flanders 2002). Thus, Louisa Macdonald was the mother of Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947), the Conservative politician and later Prime Minister; Agnes married …

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Macdonald, Kate. "Angela Thirkell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 June 2008
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