Karl Marx

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Karl Heinrich Marx was born in Trier, in the Kingdom of Prussia’s Province of the Lower Rhine which is now in south-west Germany.

Marx married in 1843 to Jenny von Westphalen, the daughter of a prominent Prussian baron.

He is best known for his work ‘The Communist Manifesto’ which was published in 1848 and Das Kapital in 1867.

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John Wayne

Marion Mitchell Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa on May 26th, 1979. He was born Marion Robert Morrison which his parents changed to Mitchell after deciding to name their next son Robert and he was better know by his stage name John Wayne.

Wayne began his working in the prop department at local film studios and moved into bit parts. Through this work he established a longtime friendship with director John Ford.

His first starring role was in “The Big Trail” in 1930. His screen name of John Wayne was decided for him by the director of “The Big Trail” and Fox Studios Chief Winfield Sheehan. The name stuck and Wayne’s salary of $75/week for bit roles was increased to $105/week once he was cast in the starring role.

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William Blake

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The poet William Blake was born in London on the 28th of November 1757 to a rather bourgeoisie family in which he was the third of seven children.

He was a part of what would become known as the ‘Golden Riots’, an anti-catholic uprising in 1780 which led to the creation of the first Police Force in Britain.

He married in 1792 to Catherine Boucher.

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Mary Anne Evans

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Mary Anne Evans was born in 1819 in Warwickshire and is better known under her pen name, George Eliot.

She was the daughter of a local farmer and it was his father’s importance to the Arbury Hall Estate that allowed the young novelist to gain access to the Library which greatly enhanced her education.

Mary Evans decided to publish under her pen name George Eliot so that her works would be taken seriously.

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Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens is perhaps the best known British author as his works such as Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities have obtained worldwide acclaim.

Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812, in Hampshire to John and Mary Dickens. He was the second of 8 children.

He married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in April 1836 and eventually went on to father 10 children.

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