Hesketh Pearson

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Edward Hesketh Gibbons Pearson (20 February 1887 – 9 April 1964) was a British actor, theatre director and writer. He is known mainly for his popular biographies; they made him the leading British biographer of his time, in terms of commercial success.

Pearson was born in Hawford, Claines, Worcestershire, to a family with a large number of members in Holy Orders. His parents were Thomas... more »

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  • ''Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.''
    Hesketh Pearson (1887-1964), British biographer. Common Misquotations, introduction (1934). "Misquotations," Pearson wrote, "are the only quotatio...
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