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E. L. Voynich

a.k.a. Ethel Lilian (nee) Boole Voynich

Author Code: IELV

Born: May 11, 1864 - County Cork, Ireland

Died: Jul. 28, 1960 - New York City, New York, USA

The daughter of the mathematician George Boole and the educator Mary Everest, her father died when she was only seven months old. Sent to live with an uncle in 1872 when she was eight, she returned after two years after a nervous breakdown. In 1882, she received an inheritance that allowed her to study at the Hochschule der Musik in Berlin for three years. At this time, she began to read political works and when she returned to England, decided that she would learn Russian and travel to Russia. She became friends with Kropotkin and Stepniak, both political exiles living in London, and studied Russian under Stepniak's tutelage. In 1887, she went to Russia and spent two years there. On her return in 1889, she helped Stepniak to found the Society of Friends of Russian Freedom. In 1890 Wilfrid Voynich was brought to the Stepniak house; Voynich had been a prisoner in Warsaw and didn't speak any English. Ethel and Wilfrid were married the following year. In 1893, Ethel published Stories From Garshin, the result of her translations. She and her husband smuggled works into and out of Russia and Ethel eventually became involved with the master spy Sidney Reilly, who was executed in Russia in 1925. Reilly would later become the model for the main character of Voynich's most famous work, The Gadfly (1897). The book was a sensation in Russia and a best seller for years. Wilfrid opened a bookstore in Soho Square in London in 1914; he then emigrated to the United States with hs secretary Anne Nill. Ethel joined them in 1920. Wilfrid died in 1930 and Anne and Ethel continued to live together. Her other works include Jack Raymond (1901), Olive Latham (1904), An Interrupted Friendship (1910), Marduth (1932) and Put Off Thy Shoes (1945).

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