Fremantle, Anne (1909–2002)

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Fremantle, Anne (1909–2002)

English journalist, novelist, essayist and editor. Born Anne-Marie Huth Jackson, June 15, 1909, in Savoie, France; died Dec 26, 2002, in London, England; dau. of a director of the Bank of England; mother was the dau. of Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff, once undersecretary for India; attended Cheltenham Ladies College; studied modern languages at Oxford; postgraduate studies at London School of Economics; m. Christopher Fremantle (2nd son of Lord Cottesloe, died 1978); children: 3 sons.

Began career as a journalist for The Times, Manchester Guardian, London Mercury and The Spectator; ran unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Fabian socialist; at 33, became a convert to Catholicism; moved to US (1946), took American citizenship, and became an associate editor of Commonweal; was also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, among others; taught English at Fordham University and City College in NY and religion at New York University; theologically liberal, wrote more than 30 books from novels to ruminations on Protestant mystics and papal encyclicals, including George Eliot (1933), The Medieval Philosophers (1955), The Protestant Mystics (1964), The Age of Faith (1965) and Three-Cornered Heart (1970); possibly best known for editing The Wynne Diaries; eventually returned to England.

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