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Nicholson, Norman

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Theatre.

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(1914-1987) UK poet and author, best known for his sophisticatedly (though plain-spoken) regional poetry. He is of sf interest for Prophesy to the Wind (performed January 1949 Newcastle People's Theatre, Newcastle, Tyne on Wear; 1950 chap), a play whose protagonist survives a nuclear World War Three, having been cast mysteriously into the distant Near Future; here a northern part of Britain has been resettled by Icelanders, who execute him after he attempts to bring back science and Technology. Nicholson's nonfiction H G Wells (1950) is useful (see H G Wells). He was given an OBE in 1981. [JC]

Norman Cornthwaite Nicholson

born Millom, Cumberland: 8 January 1914

died Whitehaven, Cumberland: 30 May 1987

works (highly selected)

  • Prophesy to the Wind (London: Faber and Faber, 1950) [play: chap: first performed January 1949 Newcastle People's Theatre, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear: hb/nonpictorial]


  • H G Wells (London: Arthur Barker, 1950) [nonfiction: hb/nonpictorial]


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