Antonia White (1899-1980)

Death: 10th April 1980
Location: Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, West Sussex, England
Cause of death: Cancer
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English novelist and translator. Her father was a classics scholar who converted to Catholicism when Antonia was a child. She was brought up as a Catholic and attended a convent school, until she was made to leave after it was discovered that she had been writing a novel. She suffered throughout her life with mental illness and in 1922 she was admitted to an asylum after suffering a breakdown and underwent years of analysis after her recovery. She was married three times; the first two marriages were annulled. She had two daughters, Susan Chitty and Lyndall Hopkinson, both of whom wrote biographies of their mother. Her writing was greatly influenced by Catholicism, which she converted back to later in her life.