The E-BNR aims to build a comprehensive & unique cross-artform guide to
the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of
publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions
remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden
tradition to light.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Cowper, Richard
John Middleton Murry, Jr. (b. May 9, 1926 – d. March 31, 2002) was an English
fanstasy writer who used the pen name Richard Cowper. He was the son of the author
John Middleton Murry.
Murry schooled at Rendcomb College, and then enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1944,
but did not see combat. After the war he went up to
Brasenose College, Oxford, from which he graduated in Anglo-Saxon and English in 1949.
In the 1960s he turned to science fiction and fantasy under the name
of Richard Cowper and attained considerable popularity, although hostilty from critics.
His writing always aimed at direct, intense feeling, with little or none of the
irony and cynicism characteristic of much twentieth-century literature.
'The White Bird of Kinship' trilogy tells of a flooded medievalist England
in which mysticism is pitted against a Church Militant.
He retired from writing in 1986, stating that he had nothing more to say,
and turned to painting and repairing fine Victorian chairs.
'The White Bird of Kinship' trilogy:
The Road to Corlay (1978)
A Dream of Kinship (1981)
A Tapestry of Time (1982)
(The short story "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" acts as a prologue to the three
Kinship novels. It appears in the collection The Custodians (1976) as well as in the 1986 edition of
The Road to Corlay. The story is not in the Gollancz or Pan editions of The Road to Corlay,
but only in the Futura/Orbit 1986 edition.)