|Born||19 August 1908|
El Misti, Wallington, Surrey, England
|Died||17 April 1992 (aged 83)|
|Occupation||Novelist, essayist, critic, memoirist, biographer|
|Genres||Fiction, essays, criticism, memoir, biography|
Arthur Calder-Marshall (19 August 1908 – 17 April 1992) was an English novelist, essayist, critic, memoirist, and biographer.
Life and career
Calder-Marshall was born in El Misti, Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey, the son of Alice (Poole) and Arthur Grotjan Marshall (later Calder-Marshall; 1875 –1958), a civil engineer. The elder Arthur was grandson of the sculptor William Calder Marshall (1813–1894). William Calder Marshall's father William Marshall (1780–1859), D.L. (Edinburgh), a goldsmith (including to the King in the early nineteenth century) and jeweller, had married Annie, daughter of merchant William Calder, Lord Provost of Edinburgh 1810-11, by his wife Agnes, a daughter of landed gentleman Hugh Dalrymple. The Marshall family were Episcopalian goldsmiths from Perthshire; the Calder family were merchants.
A short, unhappy stint teaching English at Denstone College, Staffordshire, 1931–33, inspired his novel Dead Centre. In the 1930s, Calder-Marshall adopted strong left-wing views. He joined the Communist Party of Great Britain and was also a member of the London-based left-wing Writers and Readers Group which also included Randall Swingler, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Mulk Raj Anand, Maurice Richardson and Rose Macaulay.
Calder-Marshall's fiction and non-fiction covered a wide range of subjects. He himself remarked, "I have never written two books on the same subject or with the same object."
In the 1960s, Calder-Marshall took on commissioned work which included a novelisation of the Dirk Bogarde film Victim. He has additionally been proposed as the author of The Adventures of James Bond Junior 003½ a children's novel about British spy James Bond's nephew, published under the pseudonym R. D. Mascott.
"The Enthusiast; An Enquiry into the Life Beliefs and Character of the Rev. Joseph Leycester Lyne alias Fr. Ignatius,O.S.B., Abbot of Elm Hill, Norwich and Llanthony Wales" (1962, Faber and Faber; Facsimile reprint 2000, Llanerch Publishers, Felinfach)
- Two of a Kind (1933)
- About Levy (1933)
- At Sea (1934)
- Dead Centre (1935)
- Pie in the Sky (1937)
- The Way to Santiago (1940)
- A Man Reprieved (1949)
- Occasion of Glory (1955)
- The Scarlet Boy (1961)
- Crime Against Cania (1934)
- A Pink Doll (1935)
- A Date with a Duchess (1937)
- Season of Goodwill (1965) (based on Every Third Thought by Dorothea Malm) 
As William Drummond:
- Midnight Lace (1960) (novelisation)
- Victim 1961 (novelisation)
- Life for Ruth 1962 (novelisation)
- Night Must Fall 1964 (novelisation)
- Gaslight 1966 (novelisation)
- The Man from Devil's Island (1958)
- The Fair to Middling (1959)
- The Magic of My Youth (1951)
- Glory Dead (Trinidad) (1939)
- The Watershed (Yugoslavia) (1947)
- (With Edward J. H. O'Brien and J. Davenport) The Guest Book (1935 and 1936)
- Challenge to Schools: A Pamphlet on Public School Education (1935)
- The Changing Scene (essays on English society) (1937)
- (With others) Writing in Revolt: Theory and Examples (1937)
- The Book Front (1947)
- No Earthly Command (biography of Alexander Riall Wadham Woods) (1957)
- Havelock Ellis: A Biography (1959) US title The Sage of Sex: A Life of Havelock Ellis (1960)
- The Enthusiast (biography of Joseph Leycester Lyne) (1962)
- The Innocent Eye (biography of Robert Flaherty) (1963)
- Wish You Were Here: The Art of Donald McGill (1966)
- Lewd, Blasphemous, and Obscene: Being the Trials and Tribulations of Sundry Founding Fathers of Today's Alternative Societies (1972)
- The Grand Century of the Lady (1976)
- The Two Duchesses (1978)
- Lone Wolf: The Story of Jack London (1963)
Calder-Marshall edited and wrote the introduction to:
- Tobias Smollett (1950)
- The Bodley Head Jack London (four volumes: 1963–66)
- Prepare to Shed Them Now: The Ballads of George R. Sims (1968)
- Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man and Other Writings (1970)
- Journal of the IEE, vol. 4, issue 45, 1958, p. 510
- The Admission Registers of St Paul's School from 1876 to 1905, Rev. Robert Barlow Gardiner, George Bell & Sons, 1906, p. 524
- Seekers of Truth: The Scottish Founders of Modern Public Accountancy, T. A. Lee, JAI Press, 2006, pp. 246-7
- Pritchard, J.W.H. Appreciation: Mevagissey autobiography, quietly received – Arthur Calder-Marshall. The Guardian (London, England). (2 May 1992): News: p28.
- Andy Croft, A Weapon in the Struggle: the cultural history of the Communist Party in Britain Pluto Press, 1998. ISBN 0745312047, (p. 26).
- Andy Croft, Comrade Heart: A Life of Randall Swingler. Manchester University Press, 2003. ISBN 0719063345 (p.71).
- Motion Picture Herald, 1937, Volume 128, announces that MGM has signed four writers including Calder-Marshall.
- Arthur Calder-Marshall; Obituary. Source: The Times (London, England). (22 April 1992): News: p13.
- Palmer, Martyn. Rider on the storm; The Times (London, England), 15 July 2006. p.8
- British Film and Television Yearbook vol. 4, Peter Noble, British and American Film Press, 1952, p. 100
- "Google Books".
- "Google News".
- Isherwood, Christopher. Diaries: 1939–1960. Methuen, 1996.
- Some authorities attribute this work to Arthur Marshall (broadcaster).
- The Reader's Companion to Twentieth-Century Writers, Frank Kermode, Peter Parker eds. (London: Fourth Estate, 1995), page 126
- Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, volume 72, Gale.
- St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, David Pringle, (St. James Press, 1998)
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: Volume 2, R. Reginald, Douglas Menville, Mary A. Burgess (Wildside Press LLC, 2010), pp. 840–1
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