William Plomer (1903-1973), Writer
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South African born writer gained international acclaim with his first novel Turbolt Wolfe (1926), which dealt with inter-racial love and marriage. Plomer co-edited the literary periodical Voorslagl with Roy Campbell and Laurens van der Post before leaving South Africa for Japan. Settled in England in 1929. Through his friendship with his publishers, Leonard and Virginia Woolf he rapidly moved to the heart of the English literary establishment. After the publication of The Invaders (1934) he produced little fiction but continued to publish short stories, essays, collections of poetry and literary reviews. In 1954 he collaborated with Benjamin Britten as librettist for the opera Gloriana.