Henry William Massingham
|Henry William Massingham|
|Born||25 May 1860|
|Died||27 August 1924(aged 64)|
He became editor of London paper The Star in 1890, though being replaced by Ernest Parke in 1891. In 1888 as deputy editor to T. P. O'Connor he had given George Bernard Shaw his break in journalism, appointing him deputy drama critic to Belfort Bax.
His departure from The Nation was a matter of party politics: he had broken from the Liberals under David Lloyd George, in favour of the Labour Party. A change of ownership was putting control in the hands of John Maynard Keynes, a Liberal. Massingham during the short remainder of his life was a columnist, in the Christian Science Monitor and The Spectator.
Massingham married two sisters, Emma Jane Snowdon by whom he had his family. After her death he married her sister Ellen Snowdon. They were two of the daughters of Henry Snowdon of St. Leonards Priory in Norwich.
Massingham was also the father of Dr. Richard Massingham who became well known for his direction of public information films at about the time of World War II. The writer Harold J. Massingham was another son, and the playwright and actress Dorothy Massingham was his daughter.
- Richard A. Rempel (editor), The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell (2003), p. 3.
- http://www.geocities.com/thestarfictionindex/the.htm[dead link]
- Michael Holroyd, Bernard Shaw (1997 one-volume edition), p. 121.
- Alfred F. Havighurst, Britain in Transition: The Twentieth Century (1985), p. 9.
- Why We Came to Help Belgium, online text
- H. W. M.: A selection from the writings of H. W. Massingham (1925)
- Alfred F. Havighurst (1974), Radical Journalist: H.W. Massingham, 1860-1924
T. P. O'Connor
|Editor of The Star