Murry, John Middleton, 1889-1957 (writer, reviewer)
- Existence: 1889-1957
Writer and reviewer John Middleton Murry was born in Peckham, London, 6 August 1889. In 1901 he won a scholarship to Christ's Hospital, and reached Brasenose College, Oxford, also on a scholarship, and studied Classics. His literary career began in 1911 with the establishment of Rhythm, a quarterly. This ceased after only two years but in 1912 he had begun a journalistic career as a reviewer for the Westminster Gazette, and later the Times Literary Supplement. Between 1919 and 1921, Murry edited the Athenaeum, and he founded the magazine Adelphi (1923), later the New Adelphi. His first books were Fyodor Dostoevsky: a critical study (1916) and a work of fiction Still life (1916). Murry's second work of fiction was The things we are (1922). Lyric poetry, poetry, verse drama, and series of lectures on style followed, and then a third novel The voyage (1924). In the 1920s, Murry's interests shifted from literature to religious philosophy, and in the 1930s he converted to Marxism and then moved politically towards pacifism. His writing of the period reflected these shifts in interest. Long an admirer of Keats, he wrote Keats and Shakespeare: a study of Keats' poetic life from 1816 to 1820 (1925), and Studies in Keats (1930). Another literary portrait was Jonathan Swift: a critical biography (1954). Murry promoted the work of his wife, Katherine Mansfield, after her death in 1923, and his friendship with D. H. Lawrence inspired an autobiography of the great novelist after his death in 1930, Son of woman: the story of D. H. Lawrence (1931). His last book was Love, freedom and society (1957). Murry died 12 March 1957.
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Item — Box: CLX-A-1591
Scope and Contents Affectionate Autograph Letter Signed from John Murry to "Dear Eddie", asking his correspondent to "do what you can with these two books? The Vigo anthology was edited by W.W.G. I shall probably be up again on Friday. Shall we see each other? I think that Ihlee is extraordinary good - now that I have seen more of his work." Ructon Cottage, near Chichester, Wednesday, no year. Signed with Murry's nickname "Jack Tiger"."Ihlee" is Rudolph Ihlee (1883-1968), an artist who was a member of the...
Dates: early/mid-20th century
Fonds — Box: CLX-A-480
Content Description This fonds consists of three letters by John Middleton Murry, and a Memorandum of Agreement between him and Jonathan Cape, publishers. These documents are seemingly unrelated but were part of one single donation by the same person. Two signed autograph letters from John Middleton Murry in his capacity as editor of The Adelphi. In the first, dated 13 June 1923, Murry writes to...
Dates: 13 June and 5 December 1923; 17 March 1939; 5 October 1950
Scope and Contents This autograph letter signed is dated 10 February 1933, and was written from The Old Rectory, Larling, nr. Norwich. The letter is not addressed to anyone by name and Murry begins by stating that he is 'not perfectly certain of your name even'. It continues by referring to an 'issue between Mrs Carswell and me' which 'is at once simple, and not simple'. Murry states that he does 'not doubt, for one moment, that her original impulse was one of good faith'. He writes, 'She felt it her duty to...
Fonds — Box: CLX-A-1323
Scope and Contents The manuscript of Love, Freedom and Society spans 345pp, in closely written handwriting, covering the entire text of the work.As well as sections on D. H. Lawrence and Albert Schweitzer, the ms also includes a set of politically based conclusions entitled 'A political epilogue' which was omitted from the final publication. These conclusions were replaced with the chapter 'Christianity and tragedy' which is also present in the ms.Letter of provenance...
Scope and Contents The collection includes critical reviews, including typescripts and proof sheets of some of these; poems, possibly by Katherine Mansfield; typescript notes of work; typescripts of articles; galley proofs; manuscript notebooks; bundles of notes on Keats; lectures and speeches; and , essays. There are also albums of press cuttings between 1939-47, and letters, letterbooks, diary, and contracts. Some material unidentified or undated.Click ...
Fonds — Box: CLX-A-480
Content Description This fonds consists of three notebooks and two letters written by John Middleton Murray.The first notebook contains texts written between 1915 and 1917, including an autobiographical essay and the first part of John Middleton Murry's verse drama 'Cinnamon and Angelica'. The second notebook contains the remainder of 'Cinnamon and Angelica', dated 3-24 December 1917. The third notebook contains notes on French and English literature and two journal entries, dated 19 April 1921 and 3 March...
Dates: 1915-1923; 1938-1939