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January 31, 2002
Stuart Burge, 84, a British actor and director who turned the Nottingham Playhouse into a major venue and rescued the Royal Court Theatre in London from bankruptcy, died last Thursday of undisclosed causes in Lymington, England. As a television director, Burge worked on acclaimed productions of D.H.
April 7, 1988
Anthony Pelissier, 75, who began his career as a stage actor but won fame as a director of plays and films. He directed and wrote the screenplays of two widely shown films, "The History of Mr. Polly," based on a novel by H.G. Wells, and "The Rocking Horse Winner," based on a short story by D.H. Lawrence. Pelissier, who also directed and produced plays, was the son of Fay Compton, a leading actress, and of theater producer H.G. Pelissier.
July 25, 2010 |
In 1939, with Europe already sinking into World War II, 46-year-old Henry Miller left Paris, knowing that a cycle of his life had come to an end. As an expatriate in Paris he'd found his voice, and published the novels — "Tropic of Cancer," "Black Spring" and "Tropic of Capricorn" — which made his name. He'd had his legendarily steamy and dangerous affair with Anais Nin, and George Orwell had fired a salute on his behalf, hailing him as "a Whitman among the corpses." Miller, although banned in America, had arrived, and then, restless as ever, he accepted the invitation of another writer, his friend Lawrence Durrell, to visit Greece and the island of Corfu.
March 4, 1994 |
Sir Harold Acton, a writer, art collector and contemporary of some of the century's leading creative and political figures, has died. He was 89. An heir to a British family with deep ties to Italian nobility, Acton died Sunday at his villa, La Pietra, outside Florence. He was the author of more than 25 books, including biographies such as "The Last Medici" in 1932, and accounts of his years as a university professor in China. He also was a renowned art collector and patron.
December 21, 1989 |
Stella Gibbons, a prolific writer who will probably be remembered only for "Cold Comfort Farm," her satiric tale of comic genius, died Tuesday at age 87. Miss Gibbons, who suffered from a heart condition, died at her home in north London. She wrote more than 30 novels and volumes of short stories and poems, but none rivaled her celebrated satire, which parodied an earthy, regional school of writing popular at the turn of the century.
May 5, 1985
I always save the Times Travel section to read at leisure, and to savor as I relive travels and plan trips. Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips are an invaluable source of information for the intrepid traveler. I was glad to see the recommendations for the English Literature Summer School in Tips, April 7. The course offered in "The Writer and the Environment," and I can recommend it as one of the most enjoyable summer experiences i've had. I took the course for two weeks last July while I lived with a wonderful English family, wxperiencing English family life in depth.
August 12, 1990
May I as a participant in one of the literary conferences discussed by Brenda Maddox in Endpapers ("The Word and The Man") add a few caveats? Maddox, having "braved" the Monaco conference on James Joyce and the Montpellier conference on D. H. Lawrence, treats them as "absurdities both," examples of "celebratory rituals." That is unfair to the scholars who participated. The talks I heard in Montpellier (and certainly the one I delivered) were entirely professional in topic and tone, not adulatory but analytic or biographic.