J. Middleton Murry (1889-1957) is now little more than a name that recurs in footnotes to studies of some important writers of the 1910-50 period: Katherine Mansfield, D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon and George Orwell, among others to whom he was significantly connected, and who knew him as “Jack” Murry. In his time, though, and especially in the 1920s, he was recognised in his own right as a leading figure in English literary criticism and as the editor of influential literary journals. He was both a promoter of new literary talents and a defender of the Romantic principle against the proclaimed “classicism” of Eliot’s circle. He insisted on connecting literature to “Life”, which usually involved venerating the personalities of writers –…

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "J. Middleton Murry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3272, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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