Theodora Bosanquet, born on the Isle of Wight in 1881, and living till the age of 80, when she died in Kensington, lists herself in the 1911 census as an indexer of Encyclopedia Britannica. But at that time, she had a more or less full-time role as the amanuensis of the novelist of Henry James, for whom she worked from 1907 until his death in 1916 – typing what he spoke, indeed typing practically his last words. Since James didn’t offer his amanuensis hints on punctuation, it must have been tough work. Eight years after James’ death, Bosanquet, who never married, wrote Henry James At Work – which you can read and/or download here. She wrote two or three further books, including studies of Paul Valery and Harriet Martineau, the last in 1933. She was Executive Secretary of the International Federation of University Women from 1920 to 1035. and an active suffragist. From 1935 to 1958 she was literary editor, and later the director of Time and Tide. From 1933 to 1958, she lived with Lady Rhonnda, Time and Tide‘s owner. (Thanks to Deirdre Toomey for this information.)
Three novels have fictionalised her in the twenty-first century: Michiel Heyns’s The Typewriter’s Tale (2005), Cynthia Ozick’s “Dictation” (2008) and David Lodge’s Author, Author (2004).