By J.I.M. Stewart
The writer: John Innes waterproof coat Stewart (who additionally wrote as ‘Michael Innes’) was once born in Edinburgh the place his father was once Director of schooling. He attended Edinburgh Academy sooner than going as much as Oriel collage, Oxford the place he was once presented a firstclass measure in English and gained the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and was once named a Bishop Frazer student. After a quick interlude traveling with AJP Taylor in Austria, together with learning Freudian psychoanalysis for a yr, he launched into an variation of Florio’s translation of Montaigne’s Essays. This for this reason helped him safe a put up instructing English at Leeds University.
In 1932, Stewart married Margaret Hardwick, who practised medication, and so they hence had 3 sons and daughters. through 1935, he have been provided the Jury Chair on the collage of Adelaide in Australia as Professor of English and had additionally accomplished his first detective novel, ‘Death on the President’s Lodging’, released lower than the pseudonym ‘Michael Innes’. This was once an instantaneous luck and a part of a protracted working sequence concentrated on ‘Inspector Appleby’, his fundamental personality while writing as ‘Innes’. there have been nearly fifty titles accomplished less than the ‘Innes’ banner in the course of his occupation.
In 1946, he back to the united kingdom and spent years at Queen's collage in Belfast, prior to being appointed scholar (Fellow and teach) at Christ Church, Oxford. He used to be later to carry the put up of Reader in English Literature of Oxford collage and upon his retirement used to be made an Emeritus Professor. while by no means desirous to go away his liked Oxford completely, he did have the capacity to healthy into his busy time table a vacationing Professorship on the college of Washington and was once additionally honoured by way of different Universities within the united kingdom.
Stewart wrote many works less than his personal identify, together with twenty-one works of fiction (which contained the hugely acclaimed quintet entitled ‘A Staircase in Surrey’, focused basically in Oxford, yet with enormous forays somewhere else, particularly Italy), numerous brief tale collections, and over 9 discovered works at the likes of Shakespeare, Kipling and Hardy. He was once additionally a contributor to many educational guides, together with an incredible part on smooth writers for the Oxford heritage of English Literature. He died in 1994, the final released paintings being an autobiography: ‘Myself and Michael Innes’.
J.I.M. Stewart’s fiction is tremendously sought after for its wit, plots and literary caliber, when the non-fiction is said as being definitive.
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