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Margaret George is an American novelist of historical fiction. She is known for writing biographies of historical personages, such as Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, and Elizabeth Tudor.
George was born in Nashville, Tennessee. As a child, she lived in many places. Her father, a member of the U.S. diplomatic service, was posted in Taiwan, Tel Aviv, Bonn, and Berlin, before returning to Washington, DC, where George attended high school. She graduated from Tufts University with a double major in English literature and biology, then received an MA in ecology from Stanford University. She remains environmentally active.
George started writing during her travels. In St. Louis she conceived the idea of a psychobiography of Henry VIII, which became her first novel.
Now she "wants for long time[...]to write about the Emperor Nero, an absolutely intriguing character." She has "also thought about Edgar Allan Poe, with whom [...] have a strong affinity... And just lately someone suggested Queen Liliuokalani, the last Queen of Hawaii. I seem to be drawn to people who are the last of their kind, or dynasty, or era."
- The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers (1986)
- Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles (1992)
- The Memoirs of Cleopatra (1997)
- Mary, called Magdalene (2002)
- Helen of Troy (2006)
- Elizabeth I (2011)
- Official website
- Biography at Fantastic Fiction
- Profile in January Magazine
- Interview in Author magazine
- Top 10 Historical Fiction Authors at Washington Independent Review of Books