Born Dec. 4, 1903, in Tregonissey, England, A.L. Rowse was elected a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he lived and worked for the next 49 years as a teacher and historian. He wrote several biographies of English historical and literary figures, including a 1963 controversial biography of Shakespeare. His last book, Historians I Have Known, was published in 1995.
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