NIGEL FORBES DENNIS (16 January 1912–19 July 1989) was an English writer, critic, playwright and magazine editor.
* 1 Life * 2 Career
* 3 Bibliography
* 4 References * 5 External links
Born at his grandfather's house in
Dennis was married twice, firstly to Marie-Madeleine Massias, from Charente-Maritime, France. They had two daughters, Frederica Freer and Michie Herbert, a sculptor. His second marriage was to the actress, Beatrice Ann Hewart Matthew. He spent his last years in Malta and died in Gloucestershire in July 1989.
Dennis held jobs at the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures,
a censorship body;
The New Republic , a progressive political journal;
Dennis's books were few but distinguished. His other works include
Two Plays and a Preface (1958), Dramatic Essays (1962) and the novel A
House in Order (1966). A short study of
Jonathan Swift won the Royal
Society of Literature Award under the W. H. Heinemann bequest in 1966;
this was followed by Exotics: Poems of the Mediterranean and Middle
East (1970) and his last book, An Essay on Malta (1972), with
Three of his plays were put on at the Royal Court theatre: Cards of Identity (1956), The Making of Moo (1957) and August for the People (1961). The first London revival of The Making of Moo was staged at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London, in November 2009.
According to a letter published in The Guardian in May 2008: "In the 1930s, Dennis wrote Chalk and Cheese; a co-educational school novel under the pseudonym Richard Vaughan. Legend has it that, before publication, every copy was destroyed in an air raid on a warehouse." In fact the novel, which was largely autobiographical, was published in 1934 and reviewed by the Times Literary Supplement, among others.
BOOKS BY RICHARD VAUGHAN
* Chalk and Cheese; a co-educational school novel (1934)
NOVELS BY NIGEL DENNIS
* Boys and Girls Come Out to Play (1949) * Cards of Identity (1955) * A House in Order (1966)
PLAYS BY NIGEL DENNIS
* Jonathan Swift: A Short Character (1964) * Exotics: Poems of the Mediterranean and Middle East (1970) * An Essay on Malta (1970)
* Rivers Scott, 'Dennis, Nigel Forbes (1912-1989)', rev., Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004;
online edn, May 2005
* Nigel Dennis; Obituary. (1989, 21 July).
The Times . Retrieved 28
May 2005, from