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Dame Barbara Cartland (married name McCorquodale) was the most prolific author in British history, known primarily for her romance novels. She published more than 700 books in her lifetime, including 5 autobiographies and several books on cooking and health. But she's most famous as the "Queen of the Romance Novel." Cartland published her first novel in 1923 (Jig-Saw) and was off and running. From the 1970s through the 1990s, she set world records by writing around two dozen novels a year. Cartland was also a celebrity, famous for her involvement in charities and social causes and easily recognized by her pink chiffon outfits. In 1992 she was named a Dame of the British Empire.
Cartland was married twice: to Alexander McCorquodale (1927-33) and to Hugh McCorquodale (1936-63). The two men were cousins. She was also related to Diana, Princess of Wales by marriage and was referred to as her step-grandmother.
St. Vincent, 1999, Barbara Cartland