Henriques, Robert David Quixano, 1905-1967

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Hester O'Neill Wilson was working in Washington, D.C. during October 1942 when Robert Henriques arrived with a manuscript he had written while on active service with the British Commandos. Publisher John Farrar asked Wilson to assist with the preparation of the manuscript for publication.

From the description of The voice of the trumpet : manuscript, 1942. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612815498

Epithet: writer and broadcaster

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001186.0x00035e

Robert Quixano Henriques was born in London in 1905 into one of the oldest Jewish families in England. Educated at Rugby and New College Oxford, he joined the Royal Artillery in 1926 and served in Egypt and the Sudan, retiring in 1933. Beginning a second career as a writer Henriques wrote about his experience of big-game hunting in Africa and in 1939 published a novel based on his army experience No Arms No Armour which was very highly praised. On the outbreak of the Second World War Henriques, who was an officer in the Territorial Army, was immediately called up and served with distinction in the Royal Artillery, the newly formed Commandos and at Combined Operations Headquarters, ending the war as a Colonel.

After the war Henriques, with his wife, Vivien Levy, who he had married in 1928, and four children, successfully took to farming and breeding cattle in Gloucestershire and lived the life of a country gentleman, hunting, fishing and shooting. He continued to write and in 1950 his novel Through the Valley was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also became a regular on the radio programme Any Questions and took part in many television debates and discussions. Among many local involvements Henriques helped to run the Cheltenham Literary Festival with John Moore for several years, although often feeling frustrated in his efforts by the worthies of the town.

Outwardly Henriques was a gifted man with a vivid personality who achieved distinction in several different fields, as soldier, farmer, writer and broadcaster, but he was always restless and never satisfied with himself, as is evident in his unfinished autobiography. He achieved contentment through his domestic life and to some degree through his writing but it was not until later in life that he discovered another way of integrating the disparate aspects of his personality. Henriques was always aware of his Jewishness but it was not until he visited Israel in 1956 that he became a tireless advocate of the country and its people, although he always firmly denied being a Zionist. He visited Israel many times and bought a small property there and his writing reflected his new enthusiasm. He wrote a history of the 1956 Sinai campaign One Hundred Hours to Suez , biographies of two prominent Jews, Marcus Samuel and Robert Waley Cohen, and at the time of his death was immersed in research for a comprehensive history of the Israeli Defence Forces. For the last ten years and more of his life Robert Henriques' health was poor. Much of his travel was in search of the relief given by a warmer climate, but he was often in pain and frequently in hospital. He died on 24 January 1967 aged 61.

From the guide to the Papers of Robert Henriques, 1853-1970, (Reading University: Special Collections Services)

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associatedWith Ayrton Michael 1921-1975 person
associatedWith Church Richard 1893-1972 person
associatedWith Harding Gilbert 1907-1960 person
associatedWith Henriques Robert 1905-1967 person
associatedWith Laski Marghanita 1915-1988 person
associatedWith Linklater Eric 1899-1974 person
associatedWith Mackenzie Compton 1883-1972 person
associatedWith Moore John Cecil 1907-1967 person
associatedWith Morgan Charles Langbridge 1894-1958 person
associatedWith Murdoch Jean Iris 1919-1999 person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Postgate Raymond 1896-1971 person
associatedWith Priestley John Boynton 1894-1984 person
associatedWith Snow Charles Percy 1905-1980 person
associatedWith Spender Stephen Harold 1909-1995 person
associatedWith Street Arthur George 1892-1966 person
associatedWith Waugh Evelyn Arthur St John 1903-1966 person
associatedWith Wilson, Hester O'Neill, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
World War, 1939-1945--Fiction
Authors, English


Birth 1905-12-11

Death 1967-01-22


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