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Lady Ottoline Morrell, née Cavendish-Bentinck, was born into an aristocratic English family. She became a prominent figure among writers and artists of her day, including the Bloomsbury set, and is thought to have inspired characters in a number of novels, including Mrs. Bidlake in Aldous Huxley's Point Counter Point; Hermione Roddice in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love; Lady Caroline Bury in Graham Greene's It's a Battlefield; and Lady Sybilline Quarrell in Alan Bennett's Forty Years On. Some critics also consider her to have been the inspiration for Lawrence's Lady Chatterley. Huxley's first novel, Crome Yellow, is the story of a house party at a thinly-veiled version of Garsington Manor, Lady Ottoline's country home. She wrote two volumes of memoirs, which were edited and revised after her death.
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