Mackenzie, Compton, 1883-1972

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Birth 1883-01-17
Death 1972-11-30

Biographical notes:

Compton Mackenzie, British novelist, playwright and biographer.

From the description of The Windsor tapestry scrapbook, 1938-1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82976285

From the description of The Windsor tapestry scrapbook, 1938-1975. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702163412

Sir Compton Mackenzie was a Scottish novelist, playwright, literary and music critic, and essayist.

From the description of Sir Compton Mackenzie collection of papers, 1906-1952. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122607212

From the guide to the Sir Compton Mackenzie collection of papers, 1906-1952, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

English novelist.

From the description of Notes for a dramatization of Kipps, the story of a simple soul by H.G. Wells, [after 1905]. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122590148

Edward Montague Compton Mackenzie was born in West Hartlepool on 17 January 1883. He received his education from St Paul's, London and Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he read Modern History. While at Oxford, Mackenzie founded and edited a magazine called the Oxford Point of View . He also became business manager for the Oxford University Dramatic Society.

From the guide to the Mackenzie, Sir Edward Montague Compton, 1911-1931, (Senate House Library, University of London)

Compton Mackenzie was one of the most prolific British authors of the 20th century. Born into a talented, privileged family of actors and authors, he had a charmed and precocious childhood. After a notable tenure at Oxford, he decided to become a writer, producing poems and popular novels and, later, essays and other non-fiction. His style and themes were remarkably diverse, and his works range from light entertainments to genuine literary efforts. Due to his extravagant lifestyle, he wrote to make money, and many of his over one hundred books were written in haste for cash. He also served in the Secret Service in World War I, and was a pioneering radio personality.

From the description of Compton Mackenzie correspondence and clippings, circa 1925-1931. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60718019

English historian, poet, and novelist.

From the description of Letter, 1959. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122536697


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