Sonnet by John Drinkwater

Scope and Content

Sonnet by John Drinkwater entitled 'Sonnet', 1922.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Drinkwater was born at Leytonstone, Essex, on 1 June 1882 and was educated at Oxford High School. His father tried to discourage him from going on stage despite being an actor himself. However, Drinkwater met Barry Jackson, a fellow theatrical enthusiast, and in 1907 they formed the Pilgrim Players. Success encouraged the pair, and Drinkwater became theatre manager of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1909, which became a professional outfit in 1913. In 1918 Drinkwater completed his own first play, about Abraham Lincoln, which was a success, and continued in the historical genre thereafter, although his output as a writer encompassed a wide range. He died in London on 25 March 1937.

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This record was transferred from Dundee University Library in 1976.


Compiled by Caroline Brown, University of Dundee, and Jenny Cutts, Scottish Archive Network Project.

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