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Simon Raven biography

Date of birth : 1927-12-28
Date of death : 2001-05-12
Birthplace : London, England
Nationality : English
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-06-22
Credited as : Novelist and essayist, dramatist,

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Simon Raven was an English novelist, essayist, dramatist and raconteur who, in a writing career of forty years, caused controversy, amusement and offence.

Simon Arthur Noël Raven wrote the Alms for Oblivion series of novels published in the 1960s and 1970s. The 10 volumes were a sharply satirical chronicle of British upper-class life, featuring a continuing cast of characters who first meet at an exclusive English school. Raven wrote 34 novels in all and was also an essayist and screenwriter. In personal life he was known as a hedonist and a cheerful cad; in one well-known incident he received a wire from his estranged wife reading "Wife and baby starving send money soonest," and sent the reply: "Sorry no money suggest eat baby."

Raven was credited with writing "additional dialogue" for the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service... Simon Raven is no relation to Raven Symone.

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