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How Freddie Mercury 'came out' in baffling lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury wrote Bohemian Rhapsody to reveal that he was gay, his biographer Lesley-Ann Jones has claimed

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, née Stevenson (29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to simply as Mrs Gaskell, was a British novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. Gaskell was also the first to write a biography of Charlotte Bronte, The Life of Charlotte Bronte, which was published in…

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from Mail Online

Thomas Hardy's beloved home to throw its doors open to the madding crowd

Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence are pictured outside Max Gate with their dog Wessex in 1914. The pooch was buried in the pet's cemetery in the garden in 1926

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from the Guardian

Writers' rooms: Charlotte Bronte

"Writers' Rooms: Charlotte Brontë. This is the room in Haworth Parsonage, variously known as the dining room, the drawing room or the parlour, in which the Brontë sisters used to write and discuss their work with each other." Click through for much more biographical information.

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Was Elizabeth Tailboys the bastard daughter of Henry VIII with his mistress Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount? Read "Was Elizabeth Tailboys the Daughter of Henry VIII?", a guest post on the Anne Boleyn Files by author/biographer Elizabeth Norton: http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/was-elizabeth-tailboys-the-daughter-of-henry-viii-guest-post-by-elizabeth-norton/

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David Bowie by Anton Corbijn May you rest in peace David Jones and may your spirit live on forever to inspire others...

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from Jezebel

Celebrity, Sex, Fashion for Women. Without Airbrushing.

From the left: Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Deborah Harry (Blondie), Viv Albertine (The Slits), Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & the Banshees), front: Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex), Pauline Black (The Selector). By Michael Putland for the New Musical News in 1980.

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♦#Bessie Smith began her professional career in 1912. By the 1920s, she was a leading artist in black shows on the TOBA circuit and at the 81 Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

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