10 August 1933 |
Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University College London (did not graduate)|
|Genres||philosophy, literary criticism, parapsychology, contacts with extraterrestrial life, sexual love|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Joy Bennett|
He first came to prominence for the philosophical and critical works produced during his close association with the writers Colin Wilson and Bill Hopkins, but has since written prolifically on parapsychology, contacts with extraterrestrial life, sexual love and other topics.
He published his first book, Emergence from Chaos, in 1957 at the age of twenty-three. The same publisher, Victor Gollancz, had recently published The Outsider, the first book by Holroyd's friend Colin Wilson. Wilson and Holroyd, along with the novelist Bill Hopkins, were associated with the literary movement known as the Angry Young Men. In the same year, Holroyd, Wilson and Hopkins each contributed an essay to Declaration - an anthology of statements by writers and artists then labelled, rightly or wrongly, as Angry Young Men (the contributors included not only John Osborne and Kingsley Amis but Doris Lessing and the director Lindsay Anderson). On 9 March 1958, Holroyd's play, The Tenth Chance was produced at the Royal Court Theatre; disturbances in the audience during the single performance, and a subsequent confrontation in a nearby public house involving Kenneth Tynan, Christopher Logue and Colin Wilson were widely reported.
Emergence from Chaos was a literary/psychological study of several modern poets. Holroyd's next book, Flight and Pursuit (1959) was an autobiographical examination of the author's search for "spiritual values".
In 1961, Holroyd married Susan Joy Bennett. With the exception of a textbook on English literature (The English Imagination), Holroyd did not publish another book for sixteen years. Contraries; A Personal Progression, which appeared in 1975, was a memoir of the "angry" years of the late 1950s, containing portraits of Wilson and Hopkins.
Holroyd has since turned his attention to different subjects, writing a series of books on the paranormal, parapsychology, encounters with extraterrestrial life, gnosticism and the philosophy of Krishnamurthi.
- Emergence from Chaos (1957)
- Flight and Pursuit (1959)
- The English Imagination (1969)
- Contraries: A Personal Progression (1975)
- Dream Worlds (1976)
- PSI and the Consciousness Explosion (1977)
- Mysteries of the Inner Self (1978)
- Alien Intelligence (1979)
- Briefing for the Landing on Planet Earth (1979)
- With Susan Holroyd The Complete Book of Sexual Love (1979)
- Quest of the Quiet Mind (1980)
- Krishnamurti: The Man, the Mystery & the Message (1991)
- The Elements of Gnosticism (ISBN 1-86204-146-6 Element Books Ltd. 1994)
- The Tenth Chance (1958)
- "A Sense of Crisis" in Declaration (Edited by Tom Maschler, MacGibbon & Kee, 1957)
- "Revolt and Commitment: Thoughts at Twenty-Five" in Encounter, April 1959 
- Contemporary Authors (Thomson Gale, 1 January 2004)
- Holroyd, Stuart (1959). Flight and Pursuit. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd.
- Kalliney, Peter (2006). The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516921-2.
- Maschler, Tom (editor) (1957). Declaration. London: MacGibbon and Kee.
- Ratcliffe, Michael. "Angry young men (act. 1956–1958)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- "Sloane Square Stomp", Time Magazine, Monday, 24 March 1958