Kenneth Allsop

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Kenneth Allsop
Born (1920-01-29)29 January 1920
Holbeck, Yorkshire, England
Died 23 May 1973(1973-05-23) (aged 53)
Bridport, Dorset, England
Occupation Broadcaster, author and naturalist
Nationality British
Period 20th century

Kenneth Allsop (29 January 1920 – 23 May 1973) was a British broadcaster, author and naturalist.[1][2] He was married in St Peter's Church, Ealing in March 1942.[3] Allsop was a regular reporter on the BBC current affairs programme Tonight during the 1960s. He also was Rector of Edinburgh University and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 1958 he wrote what is widely seen[by whom?] as being the definitive account of 1950s British literature,[citation needed] The Angry Decade,[4] remarkable not only for its content but also for its closing remarks that: "In this technologically triumphant age, when the rockets begin to scream up towards the moon but the human mind seems at an even greater distance, anger has a limited use. Love has a wider application, and it is that which needs describing wherever it can be found so that we may all recognise it and learn its use."

The inquest on his death recorded an open verdict, despite having found that it was brought about by an overdose of barbiturates. He is buried at Powerstock in Dorset.[citation needed]

List of works[edit]

  • The Sun Must Die (1949)
  • Silver Flame (1950)
  • The Daybreak Edition (1951)
  • The Angry Decade (1958)
  • Rare Bird (1959)
  • Question of Obscenity (1960) (with Robert Pitman)
  • The Bootleggers (1961)
  • Adventure Lit Their Star (1949) (winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize)
  • Strip Jack Naked (1972)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (1971)
  • Hard Travellin': The Hobo and his History (1972)
  • In the Country (1973)
  • Letters to his Daughter (1974)
  • One and All: Two Years in the Chilterns (1991)
Academic offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Muggeridge
Rector of the University of Edinburgh
Succeeded by
Jonathon W. G. Wills


  1. ^ Field of Vision: The Broadcast Life of Kenneth Allsop
  2. ^ Kenneth Allsop at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Field of Vision: The Broadcast Life of Kenneth Allsop
  4. ^ Allsop, Kenneth (1958). The Angry Decade; A Survey of the Cultural Revolt of the Nineteen Fifties. London: Peter Owen Ltd. 

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