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Pearson, Hesketh, 1887-1964



  • Existence: 1887 - 1964

Hesketh Pearson (1887 – 1964) was born in Hawford, Worcestershire, England, and after working in a shipping office, he turned to a theatrical career in 1911. He joined the army during World War I, fighting in Mesopotamia and Persia from 1914 to 1918. After the war, he returned to the stage as both actor and director. He began a writing career in 1921 with the publication of Modern Men and Mummies which contained amusing portraits of his contemporaries in the theater. He continued to research and write popular biographies of famous literary and artistic figures. His posthumous autobiography, Hesketh Pearson, by Himself appeared in 1965 (Eng P3615Z).

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Hesketh Pearson Collection

Identifier: MS129
Abstract Edward Hesketh Gibbons Pearson (20 February 1887 – 9 April 1964) was a British actor, theatre director and writer. This collection of manuscripts consists of the holograph notebooks he kept for several of his biographies as well as some miscellaneous research notebooks.
Dates: 1940-1960s