Murry, John Middleton, 1889-1957

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Birth 1889-08-06
Death 1957-03-13
English, French, German

Biographical notes:

English writer and critic born in London. He was editor of Rhythm, the Athenaeum and the Adelphi. He wrote poetry, essays and criticism In 1918 he married Katherine Mansfield for whose work he helped gain recognition. He also edited the Peace News (1940-46).

From the description of John Middleton Murry collection. [1931-1944]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 676738340

Author John Middleton Murry was born in London to lower-class parents, and proved to be something of a child prodigy, earning scholarships to Christ's Hospital and Oxford. Determined to make a living as a writer, he founded the journal Rhythm, which helped him make some contacts before it failed. He wrote poetry, plays, and several unsuccessful novels before settling into a career as an influential editor and critic. The two key relationships in his life were his friendship with D.H. Lawrence, and his marriage to Katherine Mansfield; he promoted both their careers, and championed their works as a critic, to the point of exploitation. In his later years, his works became more political, as he became a Marxist and a pacifist.

From the description of John Middleton Murry letters to Mr. Henderson and page of quotations, 1929. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 68815775

English author.

From the description of Typed letter signed : [n.p.], to Herbert J. Seligmann, 1930 Aug. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874986

John Middleton Murry, the husband of Katherine Mansfield, was an English biographer, literary critic, essayist, novelist, playwright, and poet.

From the description of John Middleton Murry collection of papers, [1911?]-1962. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122686844

From the guide to the John Middleton Murry collection of papers, 1911?]-1962, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

John Middleton Murry was an English critic and editor. In 1919, he became the editor of the Athenaeum and in 1923, founded his own review, the Adelphi. He was friendly with many literary personalities, including T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf. Murry also wrote a large number of literary criticisms and biographical works. He was a noted pacifist during World War II.

From the description of Die dritte Forderung, 1945? / J. Middleton Murry. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60525736


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