Martin, Kingsley, 1897-1969

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Basil Kingsley Martin (1897-1969) was born in Hereford in 1897 and schooled in the city, in South Africa and at Millfield. After serving in France (1917-18), he spent three years (1919-22) at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he developed his early interest in socialism. Fellowships at Princeton University (1922-23) and at Magdalene College (1924-25) allowed him to pursue research published in 1924 as The Triumph of Lord Palmerston, a study of Press manipulation of public opinion to make an unpopular war feel desirable among the masses. For three years (1924-27) he lectured on politics at the London School of Economics under the guidance of Harold Laski, and in 1927 helped to found The Political Quarterly, of which he became co-editor. Books on Laski and the General Strike brought him to the attention of C P Scott and for three years (1927-30) Martin wrote leading articles for Scott's Manchester Guardian . In 1931 he was appointed editor of the New Statesman and Nation, a position he occupied until 1960. During his prosperous editorship he employed many distinguished journalists, from H. N. Brailsford to R. H. S. Crossman, and in directing the affairs of the paper he was closely associated with J. M. Keynes, an old Cambridge associate. Both during his editorship and after his retirement in 1960 he travelled widely, wrote and lectured. Latterly he lived with his partner of many years, Dorothy Woodman, at Rodmell, near the University of Sussex, where he delivered some lectures.

From the guide to the Kingsley Martin Archive, 1890-1969, (University of Sussex Library)

English journalist, author, and editor.

From the description of Kingsley Martin letter, 1927 January 31. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 66150960

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Leonard Woolf Papers, 1894-1995 University of Sussex Library
referencedIn Low, David, 1891-1963. David Low papers, 1897-1985 (inclusive) 1920-1963 (bulk). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Papers of Richard Ellis Roberts, 1917-39, n.d. University of Oxford, Bodleian Library
referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Martin, Kingsley, 1897-1969. Kingsley Martin letter, 1927 January 31. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Rolph Papers, 1940s-1987 University of Sussex Library
referencedIn David Low papers, 1897-1985 (inclusive), 1920-1963 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kingsley Martin Archive, 1890-1969 University of Sussex Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Eric Allen Osborne papers concerning In letters of red, 1935-1938 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, post 1965 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Osborne, E. Allen (Eric Allen), 1906-. Eric Allen Osborne papers concerning In letters of red, 1935-1938. Yale University Library
referencedIn Osborne, E. Allen (Eric Allen), 1906-. Eric Allen Osborne papers concerning In letters of red, 1935-1938. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn ROBSON WILLIAM ALEXANDER 1895-1980 PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 1918-1962 British Library of Political and Economic Science
creatorOf Dan H. Laurence Collection. Stereotyped postcard - card states that Shaw's time is fully engaged, 1947. University of Guelph
referencedIn Papers of Beatrice and Sidney Webb, including Beatrice Webb's diaries and correspondence, 1835-[1985] British Library of Political and Economic Science
referencedIn RISM Vertical Files, Bulk, 1960-2000, Bulk, 1960-2000 1900-2004 New York University. Archives
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
referencedIn New Statesman, Archive, 1944-1988 University of Sussex Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
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associatedWith Cadbury, Laurence person
associatedWith Cleverdon, Douglas. person
associatedWith Dan H. Laurence Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Foley, Donald L. person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
associatedWith Forster Edward Morgan 1879-1970 person
associatedWith Hewitt, Cecil Rolph, 1901-1994 person
associatedWith Keynes John Maynard 1883-1946 person
associatedWith Low, David, 1891-1963. person
associatedWith Martin D B person
associatedWith Martin Olga person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith New Statesman, magazine corporateBody
associatedWith New Statesman magazine, 1913- person
associatedWith Osborne, E. Allen (Eric Allen), 1906- person
associatedWith Priestley John Boynton 1894-1984 person
associatedWith Richard Ellis Roberts person
associatedWith Russell Bertrand Arthur William 1872-1970 3rd Earl Russell philosopher person
associatedWith Shaw George Bernard 1856-1950 person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith Webb, (Martha) Beatrice, 1858-1943, wife of 1st Baron Passfield, social reformer and historian person
associatedWith Webb, Sidney James, 1859-1947, 1st Baron Passfield, social reformer and historian person
associatedWith Woolf Leonard Sidney 1880-1969 person
associatedWith Woolf, Leonard Sidney, 1880-1969; Parsons, Majorie Tulip Ritchie, 1902-1995 person
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Great Britain Politics and government 1936-1945 Periodicals
Great Britain
Great Britain Politics and government 1945- Periodicals
Great Britain Politics and government 1910-1936 Periodicals
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General Strike, Great Britain, 1926
Journalists Great Britain 20th century
General strikes
Journalism Great Britain 20th century
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Death 1969

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