Margaret George

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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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.

After her marriage, she lived in St. Louis, then Uppsala, Sweden and Madison, Wisconsin, where she and her husband, Paul, have lived for more than 30 years.

Writing career[edit]

George started writing during her travels. In St. Louis she conceived the idea of a psychobiography of Henry VIII, which became her first novel.

The Memoirs of Cleopatra has been translated into 19 languages. It was made into an ABC miniseries in 1999, starring Timothy Dalton and Billy Zane.

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."[2]



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