Mary Annabel Nassau (Amabel) Strachey, was born at Newlands Corner near Guildford in Surrey, the middle child of three. She wrote regularly for The Spectator, then owned by her father, John St Loe Strachey. Other relatives, such as Lytton Strachey, also contributed, and she was the journal's literary editor for 1922-3.
In 1915 she married Clough Williams-Ellis
During the seventy years of her twentieth-century literary career, Amabel Williams-Ellis worked as a highly professional and productive author, editor, compiler, and translator. She wrote periodical articles, novels, and books of information on politics, culture, women's lives, and science: both historical and contemporary, for both children and adults. She is now best known for editing multitudinous volumes of fairy tales, folk legends, and science fiction.
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