Margaret Storm Jameson (8 January 1891 – 30 September 1986) was an English journalist and author, known for her novels and reviews.

Jameson was born in Whitby, Yorkshire, and studied at the University of Leeds. She moved to London, where she earned an Masters of Arts degree from King's College London in 1914 and then went on to teach before becoming a full-time writer. She married the author Guy Chapman, but continued to be publish under her maiden name, Storm Jameson. Though she predominantly used her given name, she also published three novels pseudonymously in 1937-38. The first two used the name James Hill and the third one was published under the name William Lamb.

Jameson was a prominent president of the British branch of the International PEN association, from 1939, and active in helping refugee writers. Jameson was a socialist and a pacifist in the 1930s; although the outbreak of the Second World War caused her to recant her pacifism and later adopt anti-Communist views, she remained a supporter of the Labour Party. In addition to her novels, Jameson wrote three autobiographies. A biography by Jennifer Birkett, Professor of French Studies at Birmingham University, was published by the Oxford University Press in March 2009.

Her most controversial work was Modern Drama in Europe, a critical analysis of the progress made in drama in the first part of the twentieth century. Though most of her commentaries are highly critical and sometimes malicious, her boldness reaches its peak when she asserts that William Butler Yeats "represents the last state in symbolic imbecility".

The rebuilt Charles Morris Halls of the University of Leeds now have a building named after her, Storm Jameson Court.


Storm Jameson Poems

Storm Jameson Quotes

Think of all the really successful men and women you know. Do you know a single one who didn't learn very young the trick of calling attention to himself in the right quarters?
Storm Jameson (1891-1986), British author. The College Master, in A Cup of Tea for Mr. Thorgill, ch. 7 (1957).

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