Displaced Hall of Fame (Historical)
Eleanor of Provence, born in Aix-en-Provence in southern France to a French noble family, was married to King Henry III of England in January 1236 in Canterbury Cathedral, having never met him before. She served as regent of England during the absence of her spouse in 1253. Besides cleverness and beauty, she was known as a leader of fashion, continually importing clothes from France during her life in England, where she died in 1291.
Paul Scott (novelist) - author of The Jewel in the Crown quartet, which takes place in the final years of British India. Scott, who was stationed in India during WWII, said that growing up in the rigid social divisions of suburban London helped prepare him for interactions of caste and class in an imperial colony.
Author, naturalist & ornithologist William Henry Hudson was born in Quilmes, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was the son of Daniel Hudson and his wife Catherine née Kemble, United States settlers of English and Irish origin. He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publishing his ornithological work in Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society, initially in an English mingled with Spanish idioms. He
Kamala Markandaya (01 January 1924 – 16 May 2004) was a pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterwards published several short stories in Indian newspapers. After India declared its independence, Markandaya moved to Britain, though she still labeled herself an Indian expatriate long afterwards. Known for writing about culture clash between Indian urban and rural societies, M
The Art of Fiction No. 109
British novelist of international repute, John Fowles. Fowles spent his early adult life as a teacher. His first year after Oxford was spent at the University of Poitiers. At the end of the year, he received two offers: one from the French department at Winchester, the other "from a ratty school in Greece," Fowles said: "Of course, I went against all the dictates of common sense and took the Greek job." He developed a relationship there with another expat. He eventually moved back to UK, married
Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was a film actress born in Vienna and raised in Germany who held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to 1957, she played the central character of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy.
Search for Daisy Kwok uncovers Shanghai's lost history
Fleeing racism in her native Australia, Daisy Kwok made a life for herself in Shanghai – until the Cultural Revolution. She was swallowed up by history, her story lost, until recently. In 1990, a few years before her death, she was granted the Australian citizenship she’d long been denied.
How an Early Female Travel Writer Became an Immunization Pioneer
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was a British aristocrat, feminist, and writer who was famed for the letters she wrote home from Constantinople. As a result of what she learned in the Middle East, she became an advocate for immunization against smallpox.
John Singer Sargent - 799 artworks - painting
John Singer Sargent was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian era luxury. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine, and Florida.
15 Salacious Facts About John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madame X
Madame X was actually Madame Virginie Gautreau, an American expat whose beauty was much admired in her adopted French homeland. While living in Paris, the 20-something Sargent reached out to Gautreau thru a mutual friend. After two years of his begging, the glamorous Gautreau agreed to begin sitting for her fellow American expat, in early 1883.
Einstein’s most effective life hack wasn’t about productivity
Benny Wasserman, stands with others dressed as Albert Einstein as they gather to establish Guinness world record for largest Einstein gathering, in Los Angeles. Albert Einstein was born in Germany, spent many years in Switzerland and a year in Prague, and finished his life in the United States. “I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart," he said.
Biography — Gordon Onslow Ford Collection and Archive
Gordon Onslow Ford (26 December 1912 – 9 November 2003) was one of the last surviving members of the 1930s Paris surrealist artists surrounding André Breton.Born in England, he lived in Paris and became a traveler. At the outset of WWII, he moved to New York, where he met American writer Jacqueline Johnson. The pair moved to Mexico and lived in Erongaricuaro for six years. After that, they were based in San Francisco. He died an American citizen.
Prussian genius & exploreer Alexander von Humboldt. Between 1799 and 1804, Humboldt travelled extensively in the Americas, exploring and describing it for the first time from a modern scientific point of view. His description of the journey was written up and published in an enormous set of volumes over 21 years.