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Dorothy Black

1890 - 1977

Dorothy Delius Allan Black was born on 1890 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK, the daughter of Clare (Edith) Delius (1866-1954), and her husband J. W. A. Black, her parents married in 1889. She was niece of the famous composer, Frederick Delius (1862–1934). Her mother wrote her brother's biography: Frederick Delius: Memories of my Brother.

She started to write very young, and worked as journalist. In 1916, she married with Hugh MacLeish. Because of her husband's job, they moved to Rangoon, Burma (now known as Myanmar), where she started to published fiction. She raised her children in Burma. On 7 January 1921, she described Burma as "A Paradise for Women" in a article at the London Daily Mail.

She used her maiden name Dorothy Black and the male pseudonym, Peter Delius. At first, she wrote diferent tipes of books, includes poetry and children's fiction, before center in romance fiction. She travelled widel, and used Burma and India as inspiration to many of her novels. In 1943 published anonymously "Letters of an Indian judge to an English gentlewoman", later reedited under her name. During the summer of 1949, she assisted the writer Marion Crawford, who was writing a series of features on life with Princess Margaret. In 1960, Dorothy wrote her auto-biography "The foot of the rainbow", center in her writing career. In total, she published over a hundred of novels and several short stories.

Dorothy became a vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association, along with the mediatic writer Barbara Cartland. She passed away in 1977 in Scotland, UK.

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