Barbara Cartland: Biography

Barbara Cartland

09 jul 1901

Barbara Cartland was a British author, known for her popular romance titles. She was born in Birmingham, England in 1901, the only daughter of an officer in the British army. She grew up in Birmingham alongside her two younger brothers. Her father was killed in battle during service in World War One whilst Cartland was still a child. Her brothers went on to fight in World War Two and were also both killed in service.

Cartland began working at a daily newspaper as a gossip columnist. She worked there for a year before her first novel, Jigsaw, was published in 1922. It became a bestseller almost immediately. Although her first new novels sparked some controversy (they were considered racy and critical of society), her later romance novels were extremely tame by comparison. She began to favour virginal heroines and many of her novels were given historical settings so that the characters could remain chaste without overt criticism of Cartland.

Barbara Cartland remains one of the most prolific authors of all time. Throughout her lifetime she penned more than 700 novels as well as a great number of plays. He still holds a Guinness World Record for the highest number of novels written over the course of a single year. In 1983 she wrote 23 separate novels, a record which has never been matched or broken since. Her works have been translated into more than 35 different languages and her novels are still in print well after her death