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Atkins, John, 1916-2009 (British writer)



  • Existence: 1916 - 2009


John Atkin was a British writer and literary critic. He was born at Carshalton, Surrey, in 1919 and graduated B.A. from the Bristol University in 1938. Subsequently, he worked for Mass Observation and the left-wing newspaper The Tribune, before service with the army in 1943. After the war, he worked as a critic specialising in analysing the work of 20th-century writers, and taught in different parts of the world, including Sudan and Poland. He wrote several books for Calder Publishing and other publishers

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Letter from Walter de la Mare to John Atkins, 2 April 1948

 Item — Box CLX-A-371
Identifier: Coll-1848/18-0117/2
Scope and Contents Long autograph letter signed, from Walter de la Mare to John Atkins, dated 2 April 1948, The Old Park. The letter says that "Alas, I didn't deserve one word of your reference to the R.L.F [Royal Literary Fund]. I wish it were otherwise. Illness as you know prevented my attending the Meeting of the Committee. ... I was very glad to hear that a grant has been awarded... . All that you said concerning the writing of books keenly interested me. There are outstanding exceptions, of course, but,...
Dates: 2 April 1948