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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

John Middleton Murry: Selected full-text books and articles

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