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Naomi (Mary Margaret) Mitchison - Biography, Bibliography, Note on her title


Writer, born in Edinburgh, EC Scotland, UK, the sister of E S, J S, and R B Haldane. Educated at the Dragon School, Oxford, she won instant attention with her brilliant and personal evocations of Greece and Sparta in such novels as The Conquered (1923), When the Bough Breaks (1924), Cloud Cuckoo Land (1925), and Black Sparta (1928). In 1931 came the erudite Corn King and Spring Queen, which brought to life the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Scythia, and the Middle East. She travelled widely, and in 1963 was made Tribal Adviser and Mother to the Bakgatla of Botswana.

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