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CARRADALE, Scotland (AP) - Lady Naomi Mitchison, who was often called the doyenne of Scottish literature, has died at the age of 101, her family said.
The cause and location of her death, which occurred Monday, were not immediately available.
A poet and novelist, Lady Mitchison was a prolific writer - completing more than 80 novels in her lifetime. She never confined herself to one style, writing historical novels, science fiction, travel writing and a three volume autobiography.
Her first novel, The Conquered, was published in 1923 and was based on her wartime experiences.
In 1935, Lady Mitchison published her most controversial work. We Have Been Wanted explored sexual behavior, including rape, seduction and abortion. The book was rejected by leading publishers and ultimately censored.
In addition to her writings, Lady Mitchison was also a vocal women's rights campaigner, actively lobbying for birth control.
Born in Edinburgh in 1897, she began a science degree at Oxford University, but gave up her studies to become a nurse. She married Dick Mitchison in 1916. He later became a member of Parliament for the Labor Party, and was eventually made into a life peer.
Lady Mitchison was also made a life peer in 1964 for her literary contributions.
Throughout her life, she was a spokeswoman for the island communities of western Scotland, where she made her home.
She is survived by five children. Her husband died in 1970.
Funeral arrangements were not yet available.
Born: Edinburgh, Scotland, 1897; nee Naomi Haldane.
Died: Scotland, 1999.
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