Nancy Cunard

Writer + Heiress and Political Activist
Born Mar 10, 1896

Nancy Clara Cunard was a writer, heiress and political activist. She was born into the British upper class but strongly rejected her family's values, devoting much of her life to fighting racism and fascism.

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1896 Birth Born in 1896.


1911 15 Years Old Nancy had been brought up on the family estate at Nevill Holt, Leicestershire but when her parents separated in 1911 she moved to London with her mother. … Read More


1916 20 Years Old On 15November 1916 she married Sydney Fairbairn, a cricketer and army officer who had been wounded at Gallipoli. After a honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall they lived in London in a house given to them by Nancy's mother as a wedding present. The couple separated in 1919 and divorced in 1925. … Read More
1920 24 Years Old In 1920 Nancy Cunard moved to Paris, where she became involved with literary Modernism, Surrealists and Dada. … Read More


1928 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  It was there in 1928 that she set up the Hours Press. … Read More
1931 35 Years Old In 1931 she published the pamphlet Black Man and White Ladyship, an attack on racist attitudes as exemplified by Cunard's mother, whom she quoted as saying "Is it true that my daughter knows a Negro?" She also edited the massive Negro Anthology, collecting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction primarily by African-American writers, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. … Read More


1937 41 Years Old In 1937, she published a series of pamphlets of war poetry, including the work of W. H. Auden, Tristan Tzara and Pablo Neruda. … Read More


1965 69 Years Old Died in 1965.
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