Evelyn Beatrice Hall

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Evelyn Beatrice Hall
Born 1868
Died 1956
Pen name Stephen G. Tallentyre
Occupation Writer

Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868 – 1956),[1][2] who wrote under the pseudonym S.G. Tallentyre, was an English writer best known for her biography of Voltaire entitled The Friends of Voltaire, which she completed in 1906.

In her biography on Voltaire, Hall wrote the phrase: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" (which is often misattributed to Voltaire himself) as an illustration of Voltaire's beliefs.[3] Hall's quotation is often cited to describe the principle of freedom of speech.

Hall appeared to be an important influence in the life of her brother-in-law, [4] Hugh Stowell Scott (pseudonym Henry Seton Merriman). Upon his death in 1903, Scott left £5,000 to Hall, writing that it was "in token of my gratitude for her continued assistance and literary advice, without which I should never have been able to have made a living by my pen." [5]

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  1. ^ Kinne, Burdette (1943), "Voltaire Never Said it!", Modern Language Notes 58 (7): 534–535  - Article citing a letter dated 9 May 1939. Sources which date her death to 1919, such as Fred R. Shapiro, The Yale book of quotations, appear to be in error.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Boller, Jr., Paul F.; George, John (1989). They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-505541-1. 
  4. ^ Homer T. Cox, Twayne's English Authors: Henry Seton Merriman, 1967, p.128
  5. ^ The Advertiser, (Adelaide, SA) March 09, 1904

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