John Middleton Murry

John Middleton Murry, 1889–1957, English critic and editor. In 1919 he became editor of the Athenaeum and in 1923 founded his own review, the Adelphi, with which he was associated until 1948. He was friendly with many literary personalities, notably T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf. His numerous books of criticism include The Problem of Style (1922); Keats and Shakespeare (1925); Son of Woman (1931), a biography of D. H. Lawrence; William Blake (1933); and Jonathan Swift: A Critical Biography (1954). Although he later altered his position on pacifism, he was the author of The Necessity of Pacifism (1937) and during World War II edited the pacifist journal Peace News. In 1913 he married Katherine Mansfield and after her death edited her journals and letters and collaborated in writing her biography (1933). His other works include God (1932) and Christocracy (1942), in which he discusses his mystical philosophy.

See his autobiographical Between Two Worlds (1935); biographies by F. A. Lea (1959) and E. G. Griffin (1968).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Life of John Middleton Murry
F. A. Lea.
Oxford University Press, 1960
John Middleton Murry
Philip Mairet.
Longmans, Green & Co., 1958
The Life of Katherine Mansfield
Ruth Elvish Mantz; J. Middleton Murry.
Constable, 1933
Selected Criticism, 1916-1957
J. Middleton Murry.
Oxford University Press, 1960
Unprofessional Essays
J. Middleton Murry.
Jonathan Cape, 1956
Son of Woman: The Story of D. H. Lawrence
John Middleton Murry.
Jonathan Cape, 1931
A Critical Difference: T. S. Eliot and John Middleton Murry in English Literary Criticism, 1919-1928
David Goldie.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Contemporary English Literature
Mark Longaker; Edwin C. Bolles.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953
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