Davenport, John, 1908-1966, critic and book reviewer

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Davenport, John, 1908-1966, critic and book reviewer

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10/05/1908- 27/06/1966


John Lancelot Agard Bramhall Davenport was born in London, England in 1908. He became known as a critic and book reviewer who wrote for The Observer and The Spectator.
Son of the writer Robert Davenport and the actress Muriel George, he was primarily raised by his grandmother and educated at ST Paul’s and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Following his studies Davenport worked for MGM as a screenwriter with F. Scott Fitzgerald. In 1934 Davenport married Clemency Hale, a painter and set designer and had one child. In the 1940s he taught at Stowe School and worked for the BBC at Bush House as head of the Belgian Section. Following his divorce to Hale, Davenport married Marjorie Morrison and had another child. In the 1960s, he retired to the country and died shortly afterwards.


London (1908 - 1910s ;born and raised)
London (c.1910s: school)
Cambridge (1910s - 1920s: university)
Buckinghamshire (c.1940s: teaching)
London (c.1940s: Head of Belgian Sector, BBC)
Sussex (c.1960s: retired, died)

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Screenwriter (c.1930s)
Teacher (c.1940s)
Journalist (c.1940s)
Critic, book reviewer (c.1940-1960s)

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GB 1534 RM6

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ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the Construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)



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Created by Mae Moss, 20th June 2019.


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