Young, Francis Brett, 1884-1954

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Frances Brett Young, novelist, short-story writer and poet, born in Halesowen. His father was a doctor and his mother also came from a medical family so it was natural that Francis trained at Birmingham University to become a physician. He started practice at Brixham, Devon, in 1907 and married the following year. His wife was a singer and he accompanied her as well as setting poems to music for her. During the First World War he saw service in Africa in the Medical Corps but was invalided out in 1918, no longer able to practice medicine. The couple went to live in Capri until 1929 but travelled widely, including trips to South Africa, the United States and summers in the Lake District of England. They returned to live in England from 1932 and settled at Craycombe House, Fladbury, Worcestershire. At the end of Second World War he moved to South Africa, dying in Cape Town in 1954. His ashes were returned to England and are in Worcester Cathedral.

Published works include: The black diamond (1921); Black roses (1929); Christmas box ; The city of gold (1939); Cold harbour (1924); Dark tower (1914); Deep sea (1914); Dr. Bradley remembers (1938); Far forest (1936); The house under the water (1932); The island (1944); Jim Redlake (1930); The man about the house (1942); Marching on Tanga (1918); Mr. and Mrs. Pennington (1931); Mr Lucton's freedom ; My brother Jonathan (1928); Pilgrim's rest Poems 1916-1918 (1919); Portrait of a village (1937); Portrait of Clare (1927); The red knight (1921); Sea horses (1925); They seek a country (1937); This little world The tragic bride (1920); White ladies (1935); Wistanslow Woodsmoke (1924); The young physician (1919) .

Reference: Literary Heritage, West Midlands, Francis Brett Young ( Accessed May 2002.

From the guide to the Francis Brett Young Manuscript Collection, 1905 - 1962, (University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department)

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referencedIn James B. Pinker and Son correspondence concerning John Galsworthy, 1901-1946. Houghton Library
creatorOf Alderman, Edwin Anderson, 1861-1931. Material regarding The enchanted years [manuscript] 1918-1922. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. Papers pertaining to "The Enchanted Years" [manuscript], 1919-1922. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Young, Francis Brett, 1884-1954. Letter of Francis Brett Young, Anacapri, Italy, to Laurence and Josephine [manuscript] 1927 May 12. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cerio, Edwin. That Capri air : and related material, 1927. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Young, Francis Brett, 1884-1954. Portrait of a village / by Francis Brett Young.
referencedIn The Jessica Brett Young Papers, 20th Century University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Edward Howard Marsh collection of papers, 1886]-1963, 1910-1952 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Young, Francis Brett, 1884-1954. Sea horses : manuscript, 1923. Houghton Library
referencedIn William Morris Colles Papers, 1888-1928. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Roberts, Denys Kilham, 1903-1976. Correpondence, 1930-1964. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Young, Francis Brett, 1884-1954. Letter, 1925, Sept. 7, London, to Sharon Brown. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Colles, William Morris, 1855-1926. William Morris Colles papers, 1888-1928. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Francis Brett Young Manuscript Collection, 1905 - 1962 University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
referencedIn Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers, 1900-1950 (inclusive), 1920-1941 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Gawsworth, John, 1912-1970. Gawsworth (Armstrong)/Shiel/Redonda papers, 1928-1971. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Francis Brett Young Manuscript Collection, 1905 - 1962 University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
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associatedWith Baldwin Stanley 1867-1947 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley Statesman person
associatedWith Barrie Sir James Matthew 1860-1937 1st baronet Playwright, novelist person
associatedWith Brown, Sharon Osborne, 1891-1965, person
associatedWith Cerio, Edwin. person
associatedWith Colles, William Morris, 1855-1926. person
associatedWith De la Mare Walter John 1873-1956 person
associatedWith Elizabeth 1900-2002 person
associatedWith Elizabeth II b 1926 person
associatedWith Foley, Donald L. person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
associatedWith Francis Brett Young person
associatedWith Gawsworth, John, 1912-1970. person
associatedWith George David Lloyd 1863-1945 1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor Statesman person
associatedWith Holst Gustav Theodore 1874-1934 person
associatedWith James B. Pinker and Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Jessica Brett Young person
associatedWith Lawrence David Herbert 1885-1930 person
associatedWith Loring, Rosamund B. (Rosamond Bowditch), 1889-1950 person
associatedWith Marsh, Edward Howard, Sir, 1872-1953 person
associatedWith Masefield John Edward 1878-1967 person
associatedWith Milne Alan Alexander 1882-1956 person
associatedWith Ransome Arthur 1884-1967 person
associatedWith Roberts, Denys Kilham, 1903-1976. person
associatedWith Snow Charles Percy 1905-1980 person
associatedWith Walpole Sir Hugh 1884-1941 person
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Birth 1884-06-29

Death 1954-03-28



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