Neville Cardus

(1888—1975) writer on cricket and music critic

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A Manchester-born writer who spent most of his professional life from 1917 onwards as cricket correspondent and music critic of the Manchester Guardian (later, The Guardian). He had been assistant cricketing coach at Shrewsbury School from 1912. In his autobiography, Cardus called the newspaper ‘a dear tyrant’ from which ‘I have never been able to break free’; the ‘credo’ of Manchester Guardian editor C. E. Montague—‘To bring to the day's diet of sights and sounds the wine of your own temperament’—was his guiding principle, as he established sport writing as a respected sub-genre of journalism within the mainstream quality press in the UK.

Subjects: Music.

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