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Margaret Storm Jameson (8 January 1891 - 30 September 1986) was an English journalist and author, known for her novels and reviews.
Life and career
Jameson was born in Whitby, Yorkshire, she briefly attended school at the Scarborough Municipal, before studying at the University of Leeds. She moved to London, where she earned a Masters of Arts degree from King's College London in 1914, and then went on to teach before becoming a full-time writer. She married the author Guy Chapman, but continued to be published under her maiden name, Storm Jameson. Though she predominantly used her own name, she also published three novels pseudonymously in 1937-38. The first two used the name James Hill and the third one was published under the name William Lamb.
Jameson was a prominent president of the British branch of the International PEN association, from 1939, and active in helping refugee writers. Additionally, she was a founding
member of the Peace Pledge Union.
Jameson was a socialist in the 1930s; although the
outbreak of the Second World War caused her to recant her pacifism and later adopt anti-Communist views.
However, she remained a supporter of the Labour Party. In addition to her novels, Jameson wrote three autobiographies.
Jameson wrote several science fiction novels. In the Second Year (1936) is a dystopia set in a
fascist Britain.Then We Shall Hear Singing describes a near-future invasion by the Nazis of an
Her most controversial work was Modern Drama in Europe (1920) a critical analysis of the progress made in drama in the first part of the twentieth century. Though most of her commentaries are highly critical and sometimes malicious, her boldness reaches its peak when she asserts that William Butler Yeats "represents the last state in symbolic imbecility".
Jameson's collection of novellas, Women Against Men, was admired by The Times reviewer, Harold Strauss, who stated, "So completely is she the master of her art, so instinctively the craftsman, so superlatively the selective artist, that a restrained evaluation of her work is difficult for a student of the novel."
Jameson wrote the introduction to the 1952 British edition of
The Diary of Anne Frank
Jameson's novel Last Score was praised by Ben Ray Redman in the
Saturday Review of Literature. Redman described Last Score as
"one of Storm Jameson's best" and stated "it is the complex web of human relationships that give this
novel its breadth and depth".
A biography by Jennifer Birkett, professor of French Studies at Birmingham University, was published by the Oxford University Press in March 2009. A second biography, Elizabeth Maslen's Life in the Writings of Storm Jameson: A Biography, was published in 2014 by Northwestern University Press.
The rebuilt Charles Morris Halls of the University of Leeds now have a building named after her, Storm Jameson Court.
Mary Hervey Russell books
Company Parade (1934) The Mirror in Darkness I
Love in Winter (1935) The Mirror in Darkness II
None Turn Back (1936) The Mirror in Darkness III
The Journal of Mary Hervey Russell (1945)
Before the Crossing (1947)
The Black Laurel (1947)
Triumph of Time books
The Lovely Ship (1927) The Triumph of Time I
The Voyage Home (1930) The Triumph of Time II
A Richer Dust (1931) The Triumph of Time III
The Triumph of Time (three volumes in one) (1932)
The Pot Boils (1919)
The Happy Highways (1920)
The Clash (1922)
Lady Susan and Life: An Indiscretion (1923)
The Pitiful Wife (1923)
Three Kingdoms (1926)
Farewell to Youth (1928)
Full Circle: A Play in One Act (1928) drama
The Single Heart (1932) novella
That Was Yesterday (1932)
Women Against Men (1933) three novellas
A Day Off (1933) novella
In the Second Year (1936)
The Moon is Making (1937)
Delicate Monster (1937)
Loving Memory (1937) novel under the pseudonym James Hill
The World Ends (1937) novel under the pseudonym William Lamb
Here Comes a Candle (1938)
No Victory For the Soldier (1938) novel under the pseudonym James Hill
Farewell Night, Welcome Day (1939)
Cousin Honoré (1940)
Europe to Let (1940)
The Fort (1941)
Then We Shall Hear Singing: A Fantasy in C Major (1942)
Cloudless May (1943)
The Other Side (1946)
The Moment Of Truth (1949)
The Green Man (1952)
The Hidden River (1955)
The Intruder (1956)
A Cup of Tea for Mr. Thorgill (1957)
A Ulysses Too Many (1958)
A Day Off (1959) short novels, stories
Last Score, or the Private Life of Sir Richard Ormston (1961)
The Road from the Monument (1962)
A Month Soon Goes (1962)
The Aristide Case (1964)
The Early Life of Stephen Hind (1966)
The White Crow (1968)
There Will Be A Short Interval (1973)
Modern Drama in Europe (1920) criticism
The Georgian Novel and Mr. Robinson (1929) criticism
The Decline of Merry England (1930) history
The Novel in Contemporary Life (1938) critical essay
No Time Like the Present (1933) autobiography
Challenge to Death (1935) editor, essays
The Soul of Man in an Age of Leisure (1935) pamphlet
Civil Journey (1939) essays
The End of This War (1941) essay
London Calling : A Salute to America (1942) editor, short stories
Journey from the North (Volume 1 - 1969) (Volume 2 - 1970) autobiography
Parthian Words (1970) criticism
Speaking of Stendhal (1979) criticism
LASSNER, Phyllis, '"On the Point of a Journey" : Storm Jameson, Phyllis Bottome, and the Novel of Women's Political Psychology' in Shuttleworth, Antony (ed.), And in our time : vision, revision, and British writing of the 1930s (Lewisburg (PA) and London: Bucknell University Press, 2003), 115-32. ISBN0-8387-5518-6