Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.
(1893-1996) UK author, and a World War One poet of some note, his best early work being collected in Poems (coll 1918 chap), which he much later reassembled, with later material, as A Pilgrim's Song (coll 1993). He is now also remembered for his work (1936-1950) as an Examiner of Plays (which is to say censor) for the Lord Chancellor's Office, and for an incident in 1942, when he thought he heard the word "bugger" spoken in a Terence Rattigan play, though no one else could; after intensive scrutiny, the play was allowed to remain on the boards. Saint on Holiday (1933) presents a Near-Future UK in which the government is dominated by ministries designed to be of benefit to citizens; it was couched as a topsy-turvydom Satire. In They Chose to Be Birds (1935), a fantasticated Scientific Romance, a preacher of closed mind is unsettlingly duped into "becoming" a bird, and as such learns some Wellsian lessons about the true nature of the world. [JC]
born London: 21 March 1893
died Birchington, Kent: 18 August 1996
- Three Short Plays (London: William Heinemann, 1928) [coll: fantasy plays: hb/]
- Saint on Holiday (London: William Heinemann, 1933) [hb/]
- They Chose to Be Birds (London: William Heinemann, 1935) [hb/P Youngman Carter]
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