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GB0100 KCLCA Bax
BAX, Clifford (1886-1962)
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Name of creator(s)

Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, author and dramatist

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1886; studied art at the Slade School and Heatherley's; Chairman of the Incorporated Stage Society, 1929; abandoned painting to concentrate upon literary and dramatic work; first play to be produced commercially was 'The Poetasters of Ispahan', 1912; subsequent productions were 'Polly', with music by Frederick Austin, 1923; 'The Insect Play', adapted in collaboration with Nigel Playfair, 1923; 'Midsummer Madness', with music by Armstrong Gibbs, 1924; 'Mr Pepys', with music by Martin Shaw, 1926; 'Waterloo Leave', with music by Martin Shaw, 1928; 'Socrates', 1930; 'The Venetian', 1931; 'The Immortal Lady', 1931; 'The Rose without a Thorn', 1932; 'The House of Borgia', 1935; also produced several anthologies of his own and others' poetry, biographies, volumes of short stories, and memoirs; died 1962. Publications: include Twenty-five Chinese Poems (W Budd & Co, London, 1910); Shakespeare. A play in five episodes with Harold Frederick Rubinstein (Benn Bros, London, 1921); Midsummer Madness. A play for music (London, 1923); Inland Far. A book of thoughts and impressions (William Heinemann, London, 1925); Mr Pepys. A ballad-opera (William Heinemann, London, 1926); Many a Green Isle (William Heinemann, London, 1927) [short stories]; Socrates. A play in six scenes (Victor Gollancz, London, 1930); Twelve Short Plays, serious and comic (Victor Gollancz, London, 1932); Leonardo da Vinci (Peter Davies, London, 1932); Pretty Witty Nell. An account of Nell Gwynn and her environment (Chapman and Hall, London, 1932); Farewell, My Muse (Lovat Dickson, London, 1932) [collected poems]; Ideas and People (Lovat Dickson, London, 1936); Highways and Byways in Essex (Macmillan and Co, 1939); The Life of the White Devil [A biography of Vittoria Orsini, Duchess of Bracciano] (Cassel and Co, London, 1940); Evenings in Albany (Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1942); Time with a Gift of Tears. A modern romance (Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1943) [novel]; The Beauty of Women (Frederick Muller, London, 1946); Golden Eagle. A drama (Home & Van Thal, London, 1946); The Silver Casket. Being love-letters and love-poems attributed to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (Home & Van Thal, London, 1946); Hemlock for Eight. A radio play with L M Lion (Frederick Muller, London, 1946); The Buddha. A radio version of his life and ideas (Victor Gollancz, London, 1947); Rosemary for Remembrance (Frederick Muller, London, 1948); Circe. A play in three acts (Frederick Muller, London, 1949); The Distaff Muse. An anthology of poetry written by women with Meum Stewart (Hollis & Carter, London, 1949); Some I knew well (Phoenix House, London, 1951); W G Grace (Phoenix House, London, 1952).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Found inserted in a copy of his and Rubinstein's Shakespeare. A play in five episodes .

Content & structure

Scope and content

Letter to The Times , with covering letter, in reply to an article by the paper's dramatic critic, Arthur Bingham Walkley, concerning Expressionism, 1924.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

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Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Letters to Philip Gosse, 1933-1952, held at Leeds University, Brotherton Library (ref: Location register of 20th century English literary MSS 1988); letters to Macmillan & Co, 1931-1939, held at Reading University Library (ref: Location register of 20th century English literary MSS 1988 MS1089); letters to Rudolphe Louis Megroz, 1922, held at Reading University Library (ref: Location register of 20th century English literary MSS 1988 MS1979/38); letters to E W Scripture, 1921-1927, held at the British Library, Manuscript Collections (ref: Location register of 20th century English literary MSS 1988 Add MSS 45186, ff 1-8); letters to the Royal Society of Literature, 1934-1954, held at the Royal Society of Literature (ref: Location register of 20th century English literary MSS 1988); correspondence with the Society of Authors, 1916-1948, held at the British Library, Manuscript Collection (ref: Add MSS 56662-3).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); King's College London, Manuscripts and Private Papers, A Select Guide; British Library online Public Access Catalogue 97; National Register of Archives. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

May 2000

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  • Art styles
  • Fine arts
  • Painting
  • Paintings

Personal names

  • Bax, Clifford, 1886-1962, Author and Dramatist
  • Walkley, Arthur Bingham, 1855-1926, Drama critic

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • The Times, newspaper

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