- John Drinkwater (playwright)
John Drinkwater (
June 1 1882- March 25 1937) was an English poetand dramatist.
He was born in
Leytonstone, London, and worked as an insurance clerk. In the period immediately before the First World War, he was one of the group of poets associated with the Gloucestershirevillage of Dymock, along with Rupert Brookeand others.
In 1918, he scored his first major success with his play, "
Abraham Lincoln". He followed it up with other plays in a similar vein, including "Mary Stuart" and "Oliver Cromwell". Although he had been active with the Dymock poets, it was not until 1923 that he published his first collection of poetry. He progressed into literary criticism, and later became manager of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
He was married to
Daisy Kennedy, the ex-wife of Benno Moiseiwitsch.
Papers relating to John Drinkwater and collected by his step daughter are held at the
University of BirminghamSpecial Collections.
* [http://lenbernstein.com/Pages/EgoJustice.html Discussion of John Drinkwater's play "Abraham Lincoln"]
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