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Spring, Howard

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Born: 1889 AD
Died: 1965 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: Welsh
Categories: Authors, Novelists

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1889 – He was born on the 10th day of February this year in Cardiff, the son of a poor jobbing gardener.

 

1901 - He was forced to leave school at the age of twelve when his father died to start work as an errand boy. He later became an office boy at a firm of chartered accountants in Cardiff Docks and then a messenger at the offices of the South Wales Daily News.

 

1911 – This year, he joined the Yorkshire Observer in Bradford before moving in 1915 to the Manchester Guardian, but was there only a few months until he was called up for the Army Service Corps as a shorthand typist.

 

1931 – In this year, after a meeting with Lord Beaverbrook, he joined the Evening Standard in London, as a book reviewer, after being made an "irresistible" offer. This proved a very successful appointment.

 

1932 - At the same time, he was developing his ambitions as a writer; his first book, Darkie and Co., came out in this year, followed by his first novel, Shabby Tiger, which was set in Manchester, in 1934. A sequel, Rachel Rosing, followed.

 

1940 - The most successful of which was Fame is the Spur in this year, which have been both a major film and a BBC television series. His first major success came with “My Son, My Son!”, originally titled O Absalom, which was very successful in America and was filmed. It was adapted for television by the BBC in 1977.

 

1944 - During the war years Spring wrote two other novels, Hard Facts in this year and Dunkerley's in 1946.

 

1947 - Spring and his wife moved to Falmouth, The White Cottage in Fenwick Road and in the post-war period, he published, “There is No Armour” in 1948, “The Houses in Between” in 1951, and “A Sunset Touch” in 1953.

 

1955 – He wrote “These Lovers Fled Away” in this year, “Time and the Hour” in 1957, “All Day Long” in 1959, and “I Met a Lady” in 1961.

 

1964 - His last book was “Winds of the Day” in this year.

 

1965 – He died of stroke on the 3rd day of May this year.

 

1972 - Later published in one volume as The Autobiography of Howard Spring in this year.


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