Fonds MsE 2 - Gilbert Cannan fonds

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Gilbert Cannan fonds

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MsE 2

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  • 1923 (Creation)
    Creator
    Cannan, Gilbert

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2 cm of textual records

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(1884-1955)

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Gilbert Cannan (1884-1955) was a British novelist and dramatist. Born in Manchester of Scottish descent, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and King's College, Cambridge; he started on a legal career, but turned to writing in 1908, after a short spell as an actor. He worked first as a translator, and reviewed in London publications. Many of his novels are in part autobiographical, and fit into a novel sequence the "Lawrie Saga", around the character Stephen Lawrie. During World War I he was a pacifist and then conscientious objector. After the war Cannan wrote and translated a great deal, and traveled. A breakdown in 1923 proved untreatable and he spent the rest of his life confined to a mental hospital.

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The fonds consists of one bound copy of six plays in manuscript. The volume is entitled Mr. Seckers Manuscript, Secker being the prominent British publisher, Martin Secker. According to Seckers handwritten note at the front of the volume, these plays formed part of a volume he published in 1923.

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BCAUL control number: SFL--2327

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Created May 14, 2014, LZ

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  • English

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