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Mary Lutyens was the youngest child of the architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens and his wife Lady Emily, the daughter of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a former Viceroy of India and 1st Earl of Lytton. In 1911, Annie Besant, president of the Theosophical Society, brought Jidda Krisnamurti and his brother Nitya, to England. Lady Emily took the two boys under her wing and the young Mary grew up knowing them well. Accompanied by Mary, Lady Emily Lutyens travelled around the world with Krishnamurti. Sir Edwin Lutyens was not a theosophist, but went to India every winter to watch the city of New Delhi, which he designed, being built. In 1930, Mary married Anthony Sewell and had one daughter, but the marriage was unhappy from the start and was dissolved in 1945. That year, she married the art historian J.G. Links, whom she had met through her brother Robert during World War II. She wrote numerous novels as well as many nonfiction works, including Effie in Venice (1965), a collection of unpublished letters from Effie Ruskin; Lady Lytton's Court Diary (1961); Millais and the Ruskins (1967); The Ruskins and the Grays (1972); and a biography of her father. Under the pseudonym Esther Wyndham, she wrote numerous serials, including Black Prince, a romance for Mills and Boon. She also was a contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, Cornhill, and other magazines. She become the acknowledged expert and writer on Krishnamurti, producing several books about him, including a three-volume biography (1975-88), and The Life and Death of Krishnamurti (1990). Her last book was a privately printed history of the Lytton and Lutyens families.
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