Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974

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British writer.

From the description of Jinnah, creator of Pakistan / by Hector Bolitho, 1954. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122476239

From the description of The case of the Senior Begum : typescript [1953-1954]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122600802

From the description of Notes & newspaper clippings, Pakistan : papers, 1938-1952. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86134278

From the description of Jinnah, creator of Pakistan : typescript / by Hector Bolitho, [1954]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122509775

From the description of Jinnah photographs, [1944-1948]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122615836

From the description of Liaquat Ali Khan file, [1955?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122616709

From the description of Notes & documents, Pakistan : papers, 1938-1953. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122661283

From the description of The Jinnah legend : tentative title, actual title to be decided later: typescript / by Hector Bolitho, 1952-1953. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122565784

From the description of Diary and notes : notebook / Hector Bolitho, 1951 November-1953 May. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122565761

British author.

From the description of Hector Bolitho papers, 1921-1946. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71064217

Henry Hector Bolitho was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1897. In 1915 he became a reporter for a newspaper in New Zealand. In 1922 Bolitho came to England, where he published his first novel. Bolitho wrote widely on historical subjects, most notably on the Royal Family. Before the Second World War he travelled throughout Europe, Africa, North America and Australia. Between 1939-1945 he became a Squadron Leader with the RAF and was the editor of the RAF journal. After the war, Bolitho conducted lecture tours of the United States of America between 1947-1949. He died in England on 12 September 1974.

From the guide to the Bolitho, Henry Hector, c 1930-1937, (Senate House Library, University of London)

Hector Bolitho was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on May 28, 1897, to Henry and Ethelred Frances Bolitho. Bolitho's mother hoped that he would study medicine, but while attending Seddon Memorial College, a love of English literature was instilled in him. At the age of fifteen, Bolitho left school without permission from his parents to pursue a career in writing. He attained a job at the New Zealand Herald and in 1915 moved on to the Auckland Star .

During World War I, Bolitho became a corporal in the New Zealand army. After the war Bolitho went to live on a small island near Auckland which became the subject of his first book, The Island of Kawau (1919).

In 1923, Bolitho moved to London where he worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Spectator, the Daily Mail, and the Financial Times . While in England he wrote two novels, Solemn Boy (1927) and Judith Silver (1929), but in the following years began to focus on writing biographies.

In 1926, Bolitho was invited by the Dean of Windsor, Albert Victor Baillie, to live in Windsor Castle, where he would remain for eight years. While at Windsor Castle, Bolitho had access to the royal archives which provided material for many important works, including Albert the Good (1932) and Albert, Prince Consort (1964) .

During World War II, Bolitho served as an intelligence officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve where he edited the Royal Air Force Weekly and later the Royal Air Force Journal . In 1942, he was appointed editor of the Coastal Command Intelligence Review . After the war, Bolitho met his long-time partner Derek Wilmot Douglas Peel, an army officer with whom he would live for the rest of his life. Bolitho and Peel collaborated on a book, Without the City Wall (1952), and after Bolitho's death, Peel continued negotiations with publisher A. H. Reed on behalf of Bolitho.

Hector Bolitho died on September 12, 1974, in Brighton, England.

From the guide to the Hector Bolitho Collection, 1851-1969 (bulk 1926-1969), (The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center)

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creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. The Examiner, Woodville, N.Z. : leaders, 1920 / by H. Hector Bolitho. National Library of New Zealand
referencedIn J.M. Dent & Sons. J.M. Dent & Sons records, 1834-1986 (author files Bi-By). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. The Jinnah legend : tentative title, actual title to be decided later: typescript / by Hector Bolitho, 1952-1953. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Jinnah, creator of Pakistan / by Hector Bolitho, 1954. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Bolitho, Henry Hector, c 1930-1937 Senate House Library, University of London
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Notes & newspaper clippings, Pakistan : papers, 1938-1952. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Eighteen months in Windsor Castle. National Library of New Zealand
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Diary and notes : notebook / Hector Bolitho, 1951 November-1953 May. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Plan for a book on British roots in Americal : typescript / by Hector Bolitho and Derek Pee, 1950s. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. A century of British monarchy / by Hector Bolitho. National Library of New Zealand
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Jinnah, creator of Pakistan / by Hector Bolitho, 1954. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Welch, Denton, 1915-1948. Denton Welch Papers, 1770-2002 (bulk 1938-1982). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Notes & documents, Pakistan : papers, 1938-1953. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Jinnah, creator of Pakistan : typescript / by Hector Bolitho, [1954]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn John F. Fleming, Incorporated. Records, 1955-1988. Grolier Club
creatorOf Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. Letters to Gwyndolyn C. Steinbeck and other papers, [ca. 1941-1961]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Jinnah photographs, [1944-1948]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Homer the Greek : a short novel / by Hector Bolitho. National Library of New Zealand
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Letter : Windsor Castle, Eng. to the Editor of the Sun, Christchurch, N.Z. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Hector Bolitho papers, 1921-1946. Library of Congress
referencedIn Denton Welch Papers TXRC06-A26., 1770-2002 (bulk 1938-1982) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Hector Bolitho Collection, 1851-1969 (bulk 1926-1969) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Ames, Charles Lesley. Ames Library manuscript collection, 1627-1978 (bulk 1758-1955). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn A.P. Watt (Firm). A.P. Watt records, 1888-1982 (major authors A-B). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. The case of the Senior Begum : typescript [1953-1954]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Balch, Edwin Swift, 1856-1927,. Papers of the Balch family, 1760-1955. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974. Liaquat Ali Khan file, [1955?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Field, Isobel, 1858-1953. Isobel Field papers, 1949-1952. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Halsband, Robert, 1914-. Robert Halsband papers, 1708-1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Whistler, Rex, 1905-1944,. [Bringing the Yule log across the drawbridge] [graphic] Boston Athenaeum
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associatedWith All-India Muslim League. corporateBody
associatedWith Ames, Charles Lesley person
associatedWith A.P. Watt (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Banvard, Adele F. person
associatedWith Banvard, Edith M. person
correspondedWith Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974 person
associatedWith Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974 person
associatedWith Bose, Subhas Chandra, 1897-1945 person
associatedWith Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. person
correspondedWith Colvin, Sidney, 1845-1927 person
associatedWith Cripps, Richard Stafford, Sir, 1889-1952 person
associatedWith Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith Dunedin Public Libraries. Bolitho Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Dunedin Public Libraries. Bolitho Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Field, Isobel, 1858-1953. person
associatedWith Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948 person
associatedWith Gardiner, W. H. person
associatedWith George VI, 1895-1952 person
associatedWith Halsband, Robert, 1914- person
associatedWith Jinnah, Fatima, 1894-1967 person
associatedWith Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948. person
associatedWith J.M. Dent & Sons. corporateBody
correspondedWith John F. Fleming, Incorporated. corporateBody
associatedWith Keats, John, 1795-1821. person
associatedWith Khan, Liaquat Ali, 1895-1951 person
associatedWith Malik, Majeed person
associatedWith Mountbatten of Burma, Louis Mountbatten, Earl, 1900-1979 person
associatedWith Mudie, Francis, Sir, 1890- person
associatedWith Munawwar Jehan Begum, Senior Begum of Junagadh person
associatedWith Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964 person
associatedWith Peel, Derek person
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
associatedWith Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. person
associatedWith Stephens, Ian (Ian Melville), 1903-1984 person
associatedWith Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901. person
associatedWith Welch, Denton, 1915-1948 person
associatedWith Whistler, Rex, 1905-1944, person
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Karachi (Pakistan)
India
Lahore (Pakistan)
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Monarchy
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Muslims--Political activity
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Birth 1898-05-28

Death 1974-09-12

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