John Drinkwater was born at Leytonstone, Essex, on 1 June 1882 and was educated at Oxford High School. His father tried to discourage him from going on stage despite being an actor himself. However, Drinkwater met Barry Jackson, a fellow theatrical enthusiast, and in 1907 they formed the Pilgrim Players. Success encouraged the pair, and Drinkwater became theatre manager of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1909, which became a professional outfit in 1913. In 1918 Drinkwater completed his own first play, about Abraham Lincoln, which was a success, and continued in the historical genre thereafter, although his output as a writer encompassed a wide range. He died in London on 25 March 1937.
From the guide to the Sonnet by John Drinkwater, 1922, (University of Dundee)
John Drinkwater, 1882-1937, playwright, poet and actor.
Reference: Finding aid to The Drinkwater Collection
From the guide to the The Drinkwater Collection, [1900s]-1957, (University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department)
|creatorOf||Sonnet by John Drinkwater, 1922||University of Dundee|
|referencedIn||Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D.||Houghton Library.|
|creatorOf||The Drinkwater Collection, [1900s]-1957||University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department|
|referencedIn||Vol. CCLX. (ff. 453). General Correspondence 14 Nov.-Dec. 1762.George III of England: Correspondence of the Duke of Newcastle, Sec. of State, etc.: 1760-1768.includes:f. 1 Hon Thomas Walpole, MP for Ashburton: Account of a conversation with W. Pitt: ...||British Library|
|referencedIn||Miscellaneous papers, 1882-1935.||Houghton Library.|
|referencedIn||Clarence Louis Frank Gohdes Papers, and undated, bulk, 1811-1990s, 1905-1981||David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library|
|referencedIn||Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962||William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.|
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