John Middleton Murry (1889 - 1957)

John Middleton Murry
(1889 - 1957)

Murry, John Middleton (1889-1957) writer and critic, born in London, England, UK. He studied at Oxford, and became editor of Rhythm. He then edited the Athenaeum (1919-1921), and wrote poetry and many volumes of essays and criticism which had a strong influence on the young intellectuals of the 1920s. In 1918 he married Katherine Mansfield, and introduced her work in the Adelphi, another literary magazine, of which he was founder and editor (1923-1948). He produced posthumous selections from Katherine Mansfield's letters and diaries, and a biography in 1932. He became a pacifist, and edited Peace News (1940-1946). Towards the end of his life he became interested in agriculture, starting a community farm in Norfolk. His major works include critical studies on Keats and Shakespeare (1925), his friend D H Lawrence (1931), William Blake (1933), and Swift (1954).