Born: 9 July 1901
Died: 21 May 2000
Birthplace: Edgbaston, West Midlands, England
Best known as: The very British "Queen of the Romance Novel"
Dame Barbara Cartland was the most prolific author in British history, and was known as the "Queen of the Romance Novel" for her prodigious output of bodice-rippers. Barbara Cartland published more than 700 books in her lifetime, including 5 autobiographies and several books on cooking and health. But the romance novels were her clear bread and butter. Cartland published her first novel, Jig-Saw, in 1923 and was off and running. From the 1970s through the 1990s, she set world records by writing around two dozen novels each year. Barbara Cartland was also a celebrity, famous for her involvement in charities and social causes and easily recognized by her pink chiffon outfits. She was named a Dame of the British Empire in 1992. She died eight years later, in 2000, at age 98.
Barbara Cartland was married twice: to Alexander McCorquodale (1927-33) and to Hugh McCorquodale (1936-63). The two men were cousins… Barbara Cartland was also related to Diana, Princess of Wales by marriage and was sometimes referred to as Diana’s step-grandmother.
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