W. J. H. Sprott

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Walter John Herbert Sprott, known to friends as ‘Sebastian’ Sprott, and also known as Jack Sprott (1897–1971), was a British psychologist and writer.

Spott was born in 1897 at Crowborough, Sussex. He was educated at Felsted School and Clare College, Cambridge, where he became a member of the Cambridge Apostles. He was invalidated from serving in the military during the First World War and taught in preparatory schools. In the 1920s, he became acquainted with other members of the Bloomsbury Group. He was romantically involved with the economist John Maynard Keynes, who was at the time also seeing the ballerina Lydia Lopokova. Sprott's affair with Keynes ended after Keynes married Lopokova.[1][2] After a job as a demonstrator at the Psychological Laboratory in Cambridge, he moved to the University of Nottingham, where he eventually became professor of philosophy.[3]


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  1. ^ The unlikely Lydia LopokovaThe Telegraph, 25 April 2008, Rupert Christiansen
  2. ^ "The firebird of Gordon Square" Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian, 19 April 2008
  3. ^ Janus: The Papers of Walter John Herbert Sprott

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