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Famous as a twentieth-century explorer and traveller, Freya Stark was also a prominent travel-writer, essayist, autobiographer, letter-writer, geographic historian, photo journalist, and cartographer. Reprints of Stark's texts, along with recent biographies by Molly Izzard (1993) and Jane Fletcher Geniesse (1999), and other critical works, have contributed to the lasting interest in her career.
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Probably 31 January 1893 FS was born two months prematurely in her parents' Paris studio. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
November 1928 Writing as 'Tharaya', FS published her first article in Cornhill Magazine. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1934 FS established an instant literary reputation with her travel book The Valleys of the Assassins, about her research in remote parts of Persia. She dedicated the book to one of her mentors, Professor William Paton Ker. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1934 FS became the fourth person and first woman awarded the Royal Asiatic Society's Burton Memorial Award. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1936 FS published The Southern Gates of Arabia, the first of three travel books recounting her trips through the Hadhramaut region of Yemen. Bibliographic Citation link.
1988 At the age of ninety-three, FS published Over the Rim of the World: Selected Letters, edited by Caroline Moorehead. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 May 1993 At the age of one hundred FS died at her home in Italy. Bibliographic Citation link.
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