Lewis, D. B. Wyndham (Dominic Bevan Wyndham), 1891-1969

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D. B. Wyndham Lewis (1891-1969) was a British journalist, author, and biographer known for his humorous newspaper articles and biographies.

Lewis was born on March 9, 1891 in Southport, Lancashire, England to David John Lewis and Cecelia (Mayer) Agnes. His birth name was Llewelyn Bevan Wyndham Lewis, but he changed Llewelyn to Dominic upon joining the Roman Catholic Church in 1921. After earning four distinctions of honor from Cardiff intermediate school, Lewis enlisted as a private in the Welsh regiment (September 1, 1914). While serving with the 11th battalion in France, Lewis suffered from shell-shock twice; during his assignment in Macedonia, he contracted malaria. On October 29, 1918, Lewis married Winifred Mary (Jane) Holland with whom he had one daughter, actress Angela Wyndham Lewis. The couple divorced in 1926 and in July 1933 Lewis married Dorothy Anne Robertson with whom he had two sons.

Lewis began his writing career as an editor at the Daily Express . He started a column called "By the Way" that employed the humorous wit that characterizes Lewis's writing. Lewis went on to have a successful literary career, writing columns, novels, biographies, and skits. He died on November 21, 1969 in Altea Spain.

  • 1921: A London Farrago
  • 1928: François Villon; a Documented Survey
  • 1930: King Spider; Some Aspects of Louis XI of France and His Companions The Stuffed Owl: an Anthology of Bad Verse
  • 1932: Emperor of the West, a Study of the Emperor Charles the Fifth
  • 1946: The Hooded Hawk; or, The Case of Mr. Boswell
  • 1956: The Man Who Knew Too Much (co-wrote screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock film)
  • 1959: Molière: the Comic Mask
  • 1962: The Shadow of Cervantes
  • 1968: The World of Goya

From the guide to the D. B. Wyndham Lewis Correspondence, 1927-1936, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. XCI A (ff. 180). Printer's copy, partly typewritten, partly printed extracts, with amendments in the hand of D. B. Wyndham Lewis.Dominic Bevan Wyndham Lewis, alias 'Timothy Shy': Papers for his edition of 'G.K. Chesterto... British Library
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creatorOf G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CCXCVI A (ff. 221). Letters to Maisie Ward and some of her replies, giving recollections of Chesterton, some marked for inclusion in her works, with other autograph notes towards them; 1921-1952, n.d. Includes the follow..., 1921-1952 British Library
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referencedIn Lawlor, Patrick Anthony. Correspondence on Katherine Mansfield, 1938-1966. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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Birth 1894-03-09

Death 1969-11-23




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