Sally Beauman, British writer, Died at 71

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Sally Beauman (née Kinsey-Miles) was born on July 25, 1944, in Totnes, Devon, England and died on July 11, 2016.

She was an English journalist and writer, author of eight widely translated and best-selling novels.

Sally had worked for two years as a critic and contributing editor for New York magazine, for which her first assignment was interviewing Norman Mailer.

Beauman was the first person to receive the Catherine Pakenham Award in 1970 for journalism, and at the age of 24 edited Queen magazine, also becoming the arts editor of The Sunday Telegraph Magazine.

Sally also worked as an investigative journalist, interviewer and critic for many leading publications in Britain and the USA, including The New Yorker.

Which was an article about the work of Daphne du Maurier in this magazine that eventually led to her writing Rebecca’s Tale, her companion novel to du Maurier’s “Rebecca”.

Sally Beauman first work of non-fiction was Henry V (Pergamon Press, 1976), a study of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1975 Centenary production.

During the year 1982, in agreement with the opening of the Barbican Theatre in London, the Oxford University Press published her study of The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten Decades (ISBN 0192122096), chronicling the turbulent history of what was to become the RSC from its first founding as a small seasonal theatre in Stratford upon Avon in 1879.

The Visitors’ one of her novels, set in Egypt and Cambridge in the 1920s, was published in the UK and the USA in 2014.

Which concerns the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, the subterfuge that attended it, and the political turmoil it caused.

Sally was first married to Christopher Beauman, an economist.

Alan Howard and Sally got married, he was an actor, whom she met in 1970 while interviewing him for The Telegraph Magazine.

They had one son and two grandchildren.

Sally Beauman passed away at 71 years old.

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