The English romance novelist, Dame Barbara Cartland, was born on the 9th of July in 1901 and died on the 21st of May 2000.
She was a prolific best-selling author and one of the most successful of the 20th century. She wrote 723 novels all of which were translated into around 38 languages, and in 1976 was entered in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in that single year.
Cartland was a self-professed “expert on romance”, however as she became more conservative in her later years this became a focus for ridicule. Barbara’s first novels were considered shocking and risqué however her later books were relatively tame, often involving virginal heroines and were lacking in saucy situations.
Her popularity never wained, though, and she will always be known as the Dame of romantic fiction.