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Richard Hughes
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    (April 19, 1900-April 28, 1976)
    Born in Weybridge, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
    Wrote the novels ‘A High Wind in Jamaica’ (1929), ‘In Hazard’ (1938), ‘The Fox in the Attic’ (1961) and ‘The Wooden Shepherdess’ (1973)
    Wrote ‘Gipsy-Night and Other Poems’ (1922)
    Wrote the children’s books ‘The Spider’s Palace’ (1931) and ‘Gertrude’s Child’ (1966)
    Named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1946)
    He liked to claim (without much supporting evidence) to be a direct descendent of the Trojan hero Aeneas.
    He suffered a nervous breakdown his first year at Oxford and another before beginning his first novel.
    His first novel overshadowed his later ones.
    While working as a scriptwriter for Ealing Studios, he refused to write love scenes.
    He had finished two novels of a planned trilogy when he died.
    He won a scholarship to Oxford.
    He wrote the first radio drama, ‘Danger,’ aired by the BBC on January 15, 1924.
    He used his clout to convince his publisher to take a risk on a book he discovered during a tour of the US, ‘The Sound and the Fury,’ thus introducing William Faulkner to a British audience.
    ’A High Wind in Jamaica’ was described in ‘The Guardian’ as ‘one of those rare novels that works on more than one level and can appeal to all ages.’

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