Swinnerton: An Autobiography

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XIV
SOME OF MY CONTEMPORARIES

H. M. Tomlinson; Somerset Maugham; A. A. Milne; John Drinkwater; St John Ervine; Sir Philip Gibbs; E. C. Bentley; Compton Mackenzie; Gilbert Cannan; Hugh Walpole; J. D. Beresford; E. M. Forster; Francis Brett Young; Gilbert Frankau; Stephen McKenna; A. S. M. Hutchinson; Sinclair Lewis; Joseph Hergesheimer; Hulbert Footner; Siegfried Sassoon; W. J. Turner; Robert Nichols; Osbert Sitwell; Aldous Huxley; L. A. G. Strong; Norah Hoult; Henry Williamson.

MY MOTHER WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION that a contemporary was a person born, roughly speaking, in the same year as oneself. She would never allow that I was a contemporary of hers, for this reason. But I shall use the word in a more elastic sense, for while the year 1884 was a year in which novelists seem to have been born every minute I really cannot be bothered to scan birth certificates before including here the names of those, older and younger than I, who belong naturally to this chapter.

Somerset Maugham and H. M. Tomlinson I know to be my elders; but they are hale and hearty young fellows who certainly do not belong to the older generation and who are still being "placed" by their juniors in accordance with the controversial needs of the moment. I shall speak first of these

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Swinnerton: An Autobiography
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • By Frank Swinnerton *
  • Title Page *
  • Three Quotations by Way of Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I - I Am Born 1
  • II - Early Days 23
  • III - From Fleet Street to the West End 40
  • IV - Six Years of Growth 53
  • V - Miracles 86
  • VI - My First Acquaintance with Authors 108
  • VII - Adventures in Publishing 122
  • VII - Arnold Bennett 135
  • IX - H. G. Wells 156
  • X - "Crucical" Years 173
  • XI - Some of My Elders 191
  • XII - Melange 227
  • XIV - Some of My Contemporaries 265
  • XV - The United States 315
  • XVI - What I Think About Life 339
  • Index 351
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