J. R. Ackerley

(1896—1967) writer and literary editor

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author, and literary editor (1935–59) of The Listener, to which he attracted work from such distinguished contributors as E. M. Forster and Isherwood. Hindoo Holiday (1932) is based on his experiences as private secretary to an Indian maharajah; My Dog Tulip (1956) and his novel We Think the World of You (1960) concern his intense relationship with his Alsatian dog. My Father and Myself (1968) is an account of his discovery of his apparently respectable father's extraordinary double life. The Ackerley prize for autobiography was established in 1982.

Subjects: Literature.

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