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  • Lady Hester Stanhope (1776 - 1839)
    Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope (12 March 1776 – 23 June 1839) was a British socialite, adventurer and traveler. Her archaeological expedition to Ashkelon in 1815 is considered the first modern exca...
  • Caroline Thomas Merrick (1825 - 1908)
    Caroline Elizabeth Thomas was born at Cottage Hall in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana on November 24, 1825. Her father, David Thomas, was a South Carolinian who had settled in Louisiana after the Wa...
  • Fanny Kemble (1809 - 1893)
    Frances Anne Kemble, known as Fannie (27 November 1809 - 15 January 1893), was a famous British actress and author in the early and mid nineteenth century. A member of the famous Kemble theatrica...
  • Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830 - 1900)
    Francis Bicknell Carpenter (August 6, 1830 – May 23, 1900) was an American painter born in Homer, New York. Carpenter is best known for his painting First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamat...

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"A memoir," says Gore Vidal, "is how one remembers one's own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dates, facts double-checked. In a memoir it isn't the end of the world if your memory tricks you and your dates are off by a week or a month as long as you honestly try to tell the truth" (Palimpsest: A Memoir, 1995).

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