Blatchford, Robert, 1851-1943

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Robert Blatchford was an English author known primarily as an outspoken Socialist. Born in Maidstone, Kent, to two touring actors, he was apprenticed with a brushmaker, but ran away after six years, enlisting in the army soon thereafter. After leaving the army, he worked as a clerk before becoming a journalist, but lost his job after converting to Socialism. He co-founded The Clarion, which became a popular Socialist newspaper, and his collection of articles, Merrie England, sold very well. He wrote several other books and numerous articles, and his conversion to Spiritualism in the 1920s led to More Things in Heaven and Earth, describing his experiences with Spiritualism.

From the description of Robert Blatchford letter to Miss Ferguson, 1929 Nov. 7. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 85869609

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creatorOf Blatchford, Robert, 1851-1943. Two book reviews (newsclips with corrections and additions) about Major Haldane Macfall's GERMANY AT BAY, ca. 1818. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Papers of Lord Rusholme, Robert Alexander Palmer, 1901-1970 National Co-operative Archive
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
referencedIn James Lewis May Papers, 1814-1963, (bulk 1926-1940) William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
referencedIn William Morris Colles Papers, 1888-1928. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Blatchford, Robert Peel Glanville, 1851-1943. Autograph letter signed : London, to an unidentified recipient [name illegible], 1910. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Blatchford, Robert, 1851-1943. Robert Blatchford letter to Miss Ferguson, 1929 Nov. 7. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Colles, William Morris, 1855-1926. William Morris Colles papers, 1888-1928. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Blatchford, Robert, 1851-1943. Who's afraid of Shakespeare? [manuscript], ca. 1935. Folger Shakespeare Library
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associatedWith Colles, William Morris, 1855-1926. person
associatedWith Ferguson, Rachel, b. 1893, person
associatedWith Lord Rusholme, Robert Alexander Palmer person
associatedWith Macfall, Haldane, 1860-1928. person
correspondedWith May, J. Lewis (James Lewis), b. 1873 person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 person
associatedWith William Andrews Clark Memorial Library corporateBody
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English literature--20th century
Male authors, English--Correspondence


Birth 1851-03-17

Death 1943-12-17





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