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Freya Stark
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    (January 31, 1893-May 9, 1993)
    Born in Paris, France
    Wrote 'Baghdad Sketches,' 'The Valleys of the Assassins,' 'The Southern Gates of Arabia,' 'Seen in the Hadhramaut,' 'A Winter in Arabia,' 'Letters from Syria,' 'East is West,' 'Perseus in the Wind,' 'Traveller's Prelude,' 'Beyond Euphrates,' 'The Coast of Incense,' 'Ionia, A Quest,' 'The Lycian Shore,' 'Alexander's Path: From Caria to Cilicia,' 'Riding to the Tigris,' 'Dust in the Lion's Paw,' 'Rome on the Euphrates,' 'The Zodiac Arch,' 'A Peak in Darien,' and 'The Journey's Echo: Selected Travel Writings'
    She and her husband separated after five years of marriage but never divorced.
    Four of her books were autobiographical volumes.
    She did not break away from her parents until she was 33.
    She spoke Arabic and Persian.
    She was awarded the Cross of the British Empire (1953).
    She was named a Dame of the British Empire (1972).
    She served as a nurse during WW I.

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