William Plomer(1903-1973), Poet and novelist
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South African born Plomer gained international acclaim with his first novel Turbolt Wolfe (1926), which dealt with inter-racial love and marriage. He co-edited the literary periodical Voorslagl with Campbell and van der Post before leaving for Japan, later settling in England in 1929. Through his friendship with his publishers, Leonard and Virginia Woolf he moved to the heart of the English literary establishment, and was invited to lecture at the Aldeburgh Festival through his friendship with E.M. Forster. 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 Britten as librettist for the opera Gloriana.