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I. S. Scott-Kilvert

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James, Rolfe Arnold Scott- (1878–1959), journal editor and literary scholar, was born at Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, on 21 December 1878, the youngest but one of the two sons and six daughters of the Revd John Scott James, a Congregational minister, and his wife, ...

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John Middleton Murry (1889–1957) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murry, John Middleton (1889–1957), writer and journal editor, was born on 6 August 1889 in Peckham, London, the elder of the two sons of John Murry (1860/61–1947), a clerk in the Inland Revenue, and his wife, Emily (1869/70–1951), née Wheeler. John Murry was a determined man from an impoverished and illiterate background who taught himself to write. Poor but ambitious, he saw education as the sole means to fulfil his aspirations for his son. Subjected to intense pressure to learn from the time he could speak, ...