Barbara Cartland
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"Dame Barbara Cartland", Order of the British Empire/DBE, Venerable Order of St John/CStJ born as "Mary Barbara Hamilton" was an English author, who was one of the List of prolific writers/best selling authors

as well as one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the 20th century/twentieth century. Her 723 novels were translated into 36 different languages, and she continues to be referenced in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in a single year in 1976. As "Barbara Cartland" she is known for her numerous romance novel/romantic novels, but she also wrote under her married name of "Barbara McCorquodale". She wrote more than 700 books, as well as plays, music, verse, drama, magazine articles and operetta she reportedly sold more than 750 million copies. Other sources estimate her book sales at more than 2 billion copies. She specialised in 19th-century Victorian era pure romance. Her novels all featured portrait style artwork, particularly the cover art.

As head of Cartland Promotions she also became one of London's most prominent society figures and one of Britain's most popular media personalities, right up until her death in 2000.

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