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Ackerley, J. R. (Joe Randolph), 1896-1967



  • Existence: 1896-11-04 - 1967-06-04


British writer and editor. Literary editor of The Listener. Published many emergin poets and writers who became influential in Britain, such as Phillip Larkin, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Christopher Isherwood. Ackerley was openly homosexual at a time when it was forbidden by law and socially ostricized, and examined homosexuality through his writings.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Joe Randolph Ackerley - Patricia Murphy correspondence, 1951-1968

Identifier: 1988-006
Scope and Contents Collection consists of 68 letters, half of which are from J.R. Ackerley to Patricia Avis Strang Murphy the wife of Anglo-Irish poet Richard Murphy. The other 34 letters, addressed to Patricia, are from mutual friends of Ackerley and Murphy, which include Kingsley Amis, Dan Jacobson, Patrick Kavanagh, Bruce Montgomery, Edna O'Brien, Brian O'Nolan, Honor Tracy and Richard Murphy. Included with the collection is a lengthy essay prepared by Colin Franklin, which discusses Ackerley, his home...
Dates: 1951 - 1968