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Helen Bannerman began writing in British India to amuse her two small daughters, published the book The Story of Little Black Sambo at the end of the nineteenth century, and immediately became immensely successful as a children's writer. A couple of generations later, as racial attitudes changed, she became the centre of controversy over the allegedly racialist attitudes of her writing.
25 February 1862 Helen Brodie Cowan Watson (later HB) was born at 35 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, one among seven children in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1899 HB published her popular children's book The Story of Little Black Sambo, a story she had made up to keep her two small daughters entertained on a long journey by bearer, bullock cart, and train. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 October 1946 HB died at her daughter's house at 11 Strathearn Place, Edinburgh, where she had been bedridden for seven years following a cerebral thrombosis. Bibliographic Citation link.
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