William Maxwell Aitken, first Baron Beaverbrook

Standard Name: Beaverbrook, William Maxwell Aitken,,, first Baron
Used Form: Max Beaverbrook
Used Form: Lord Beaverbrook


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Employer Barbara Cartland
She began her writing career as a gossip columnist for the Daily Express in 1923. She was soon noticed by her first employer, Lord Beaverbrook , and by his friends Winston Churchill , F. E. Smith
Family and Intimate relationships Barbara Cartland
Around 1920, BC accepted a proposal from Dick Usher , but when her mother told her about the details of sexual relations she was so horrified that she broke off the engagement. She also claimed...
Family and Intimate relationships Nell Dunn
Her paternal grandfather, Sir James Dunn (a wily and opportunistic financier from New Brunswick in Canada), was twice divorced, the second time in 1942. He lived until the first day of 1956 and died...
Family and Intimate relationships Rebecca West
Through the 1920s, RW had several brief and sometimes conflicted romantic liaisons with men. In 1920 she made some moves towards having an affair with Compton Mackenzie in retaliation for Wells 's continuing infidelities. During...
Intertextuality and Influence Pamela Frankau
This novel centres around the family and professional relationships of a man with a will to power: J. G. (or Sir James) Baron, a newspaper magnate. PF insisted that this character was not based on...
Occupation Arnold Bennett
AB was appointed first director of British propaganda in France. By the end of September he became director of propaganda for the Ministry of Information , an unpaid position reporting directly to Lord Beaverbrook .
Drabble, Margaret. Arnold Bennett: A Biography. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
233-4, 237
Author summary Arnold Bennett
An extraordinarily prolific English writer of both literary-realist and mass-interest novels, short stories, pocket philosophy self-help manuals, plays, journal articles and book reviews, AB was acclaimed as an artist in his own time and was...
Publishing Lady Cynthia Asquith
At the suggestion of Venetia Montagu , LCA wrote a journalistic article intended for, but not accepted by, Lord Beaverbrook 's Sunday Express (launched the previous month).
Beauman, Nicola. Cynthia Asquith. Hamish Hamilton.
281 and n2
Reception Arnold Bennett
AB was publicly accused of modelling Raingo (in a book whose characters include several portraits from life) on his friend and erstwhile employer Lord Beaverbrook . He responded vigorously to this charge. In fact Beaverbrook...
Textual Production Rebecca West
This semi-autobiographical novel was West's third to appear after her death. Dedicated to G. B. Stern , it was based on West's affair with Lord Beaverbrook .
Glendinning, Victoria, and Rebecca West. “Afterword”. Sunflower, Virago, pp. 268-76.
268, 270
In 1928 she still planned to...
Textual Production Arnold Bennett
The Standard (which had from time to time, from early in his career, carped at him in reviews) now belonged to his friend Lord Beaverbrook , whom he had advised on a policy of moving...
Textual Production Cecily Mackworth
Working for the Labour Party in summer 1945, CM wrote a number of reports on current and remembered political issues: among other things she covered the fishing industry (ten thousand words), the government of New...
Wealth and Poverty Jan Struther
Their drop in income was partly due to the fact that Tony Maxtone Graham's father had offended Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook . Having moved once, they quickly moved again.
Maxtone Graham, Ysenda. The Real Mrs Miniver. John Murray.


24 April 1900: The Daily Express newspaper was launched...

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24 April 1900

The Daily Express newspaper was launched by Charles Pearson and Co. ; it was bought by Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook , in 1914, and was selling four million copies a day in the 1950s.

June 1940: Lord Beaverbrook appealed for scrap metal;...

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June 1940

Lord Beaverbrook appealed for scrap metal; women were encouraged to show their patriotism by donating their pots, kettles, pram wheels, and other metal household objects.


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