Papers of John Collings Squire

Scope and Content

The collection consists of his letters to his close friend, Cecily Mary Severne (nee Burdon-Muller) from 1930 to 1958, plus some miscellaneous papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Literary editor and poet. John Collings Squire was born 2 April 1884 in Plymouth, the son of a veterinary surgeon. He read history at St John’s College, BA 1906. He was the literary editor of the New Statesman from 1914 to 1919 (under the name Solomon Eagle), was a columnist and literary critic for the Observer and Illustrated London News, the acting editor of the New Statesman 1917-18, the founder and editor of the London Mercury and the chairman of London Mercury Ltd from 1919 to 1934. He wrote many books of poetry and literary criticism and was knighted in 1933. He died in 1958.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Given by William James Lorimer, 2012.

Note

Literary editor and poet. John Collings Squire was born 2 April 1884 in Plymouth, the son of a veterinary surgeon. He read history at St John’s College, BA 1906. He was the literary editor of the New Statesman from 1914 to 1919 (under the name Solomon Eagle), was a columnist and literary critic for the Observer and Illustrated London News, the acting editor of the New Statesman 1917-18, the founder and editor of the London Mercury and the chairman of London Mercury Ltd from 1919 to 1934. He wrote many books of poetry and literary criticism and was knighted in 1933. He died in 1958.

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