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Wootton, Barbara

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(1897-1988) UK economist, academic and author, whose husband died on the Western Front (see World War One) a month after their marriage, deeply affecting her future work; she was created a life peer in 1958. London's Burning: A Novel for the Decline and Fall of the Liberal Age (1936) is set in 1940 London, and describes in anti-fascist terms a Near-Future totalitarian exploitation of a general strike that fails. Unlike several British novelists of the 1930s, she did not in fact predict the war to come. [JC]

Barbara Frances Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger

born Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 14 April 1897

died Nufield, Surrey: 11 July 1988



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