Gibbs, Philip, 1877-1962

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Birth 1877-05-01
Death 1962-03-10

Biographical notes:

English author.

From the description of Philip Gibbs letter to Will Orton Tewson [manuscript], undated. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 451379763

Sir Philip Gibbs -- British writer and journalist -- was born in London and educated by his father at home. He displayed an early interest in journalism and publishing entering his first job at the publishing house of Cassell. Gibbs wrote his first novel, Founders of the empire (1899) while working at Cassells. He next served as editor of Tillotson's literary syndicate before he became editor of several newspapers on Fleet Street. His second novel, The street of adventure (1909), is based on his experiences on Fleet Street.

Gibbs became a reporter for the Daily chronicle (1908). Later, he covered the Balkan conflict (1912) and World War I becoming the best known war correspondent because of the precise accurate style of his descriptions. He subsequently published these despatches in volume form and he was appointed KBE in 1920. Gibbs became a free lance writer publishing essays, about 50 novels, and doing lecture tours.

From the description of Correspondence, 1900-1914. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122365288

Philip Gibbs (1877-1962) was a British journalist, novelist, and lecturer.

Sir Philip Hamilton Gibbs was born in 1877 in London, England to Helen Hamilton and Henry Gibbs. He is best remembered for his work as a war correspondent during the First World War. At the outset of war, Gibbs travelled to France to report for the Daily Chronicle . Gibbs was chosen as one of the five accredited correspondents for Allied Forces during the war. As a result of his contributions, he was made a Knight of the Order of the British Empire in 1920. He died in March 1962.

  • 1900: The Street of Adventure
  • 1914: Beauty and Nick, a Novel of the Stage and the Home--the Artistic Temperament in Fateful Action
  • 1915: The Soul of the War
  • 1920: Back to Life Now It Can Be Told Realities of War
  • 1923: Adventures in Journalism The Middle of the Road; a Novel
  • 1926: Young Anarchy
  • 1930: Since Then; the Disturbing Story of the World at Peace
  • 1934: European Journey
  • 1935: England Speaks
  • 1937: Ordeal in England (England Speaks Again)
  • 1938: Across the Frontiers
  • 1939: Broken Pledges This Nettle, Danger
  • 1941: Sons of the Others, a Novel

From the guide to the Philip Gibbs Letters, 1900-1928, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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