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Marghanita Laski was born Esther Pearl Laski to a family of prominent Jewish intellectuals. The political theorist Harold Laski as her uncle. She attended St. Paul’s Girls’ School and, after working in fashion, went to Oxford University to study English. She married John Howard, a publisher who founded the Cresset Press, and the couple had two children. Among her six novels were Little Boy Lost (1949), The Village (1952) and The Victorian Chaise Longue (1953). She also was a literary critic, writing books on Jane Austen, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, and Charlotte Yonge. Her distinctive voice was often heard on the radio programs The Brains Trust, What's My Line? and The Critics. Marghanita Laski also wrote an anti-nuclear play, a collection of children's stories, three quasi-scientific investigations into secular and religious experiences, film scripts, a television series, and short stories. She also edited various collections of poetry, children's stories, and essays. Her articles and book reviews appeared in the Times and the Times Literary Supplement, and she was a prolific contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary. Marghanita Laski's novels addressed class issues and gender barriers, often satirically. They reflected political, social, and economic tensions in England during World War II and the Cold War.
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