Nigel Heseltine (1916-95)
b. 3 July 1916, London; son of the composer Peter Warlock [Philip Arnold Heseltine] - prob. not with his wife Puma; raised by foster-parents in his first year and afterwards by Warlocks mother and stepfather in Wales; birth registered in 1930; grad. TCD and London School of Economics; visited Budapest and m. [Princess] Natalia Borisovna Galitzine [or Galitzina] (b.1920), 1938 [aetat. 23]; spent war years in Ireland; associated with Shelagh Richards and the Olympia Th. Co.;
wrote two plays and trans. Buchners Wozzek; contrib. to John Lehmanns New Writing (Penguin 1946); trans. poems of Dafuydd Ap Gwilym (Selected Poems, 1944); m. Jean le Brocquy [née Stoney], lately divorced from Louis le Brocquy, 1948, with whom a son, Peter; Heseltine issued a poetry collection, The Four-Walled Dream (1941); also fiction, Tales of the Squirearchy (June 1946), and a novel, The Mysterious Pregnancy (1953);
issued travel works including From Libyan Sands to Chad (1959) and Madagascar (1971); he worked for the Food and Agricultural Organization chiefly in Africa [1950-65]; appointed Under-Secretary in charge of Development Planning in Zambia, 1965; appt. economic advisor to the President of Madagascar, 1968; his son with Jean Stoney grad. TCD and became an oncologist in California
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- Violent Rain: a Poem [Companionate of the Independent Poets (London), No. 1] (The Latin Press 1938), 1p.; pink hand-made paper];
- The Four-Walled Dream: Poems (The Fortune Press ), 52pp.
- trans., Dafydd ap Gwilym: Selected Poems (Dublin: Cuala Press 1944), 44pp. [280 copies], and Do. [rep.] (Banbury: Piers Press 1968), 62pp.;
- Tales of the Squirearchy (Druid Press 1946), 115pp.; [Cam-Vaughan's shoot; The life and the burial; Eve of Something will be Done in a Week; Milk of Human Kindness; Data on the Squirearchy; Gothic Halls; Boring Story; Skirt in Long Strips; The Word Burning; Lord a-leaping; Rich Relations; Constables Ruin; The Soldiers Return];
- The Mysterious Pregnancy: A Novel (London: Gollancz 1953), 222pp; Do. [New English Library] (London: J. M. Dent 1964),
160pp. and Do. in USA as Inconstant Lady (1953);
- Scarred Background: A Journey Through Albania (London: L. Dickson 1938), 234pp., ill. [9 lvs. of pls., maps];
- From Libyan Sands to Chad [An Account of the Authors Third Journey Across the Sahara] (London: Museum Press 1959),
- Remaking Africa, with a foreword by Thomas Balogh (London: Museum Press ), 159pp., ill. [maps];
- Madagascar (London: Pall Mall Press 1971), x, 334pp.; and Do. [Praeger Library of African Affairs] (Praegar 1971), x, 344pp. [contents]
- Capriol for Mother: A Memoir of Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock) (London: Thames 1992),
176pp., ill. [16pp. pls.]
- Break Away if you Can, in The Penguin New Writing, ed. John Lehmann (London: 1946), pp.9-19 [with biographical note].
Madagascar (Praegar 1971),
x + 334pp. CONTENTS: Introduction; 1. The Land; 2. The People: Origins to 1800; 3. The Society; 4. State and Politics: 1800-1896; 5. State and Politics: 1896-1960; 6. State and Politics since Independence; 7. The Economy; 8. Development Prospects; Statistical Appendix; Notes and References; Bibliography; Index.
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Almanac: Welsh Writing in English - A Yearbook of Critical Essays, 11 (2006-07) incls. M. Wynn Thomas, A Grand Harlequinade: The Border Writing of Nigel Heseltine and Rhian Davies, Scarred Background: Nigel Heseltine (1916-1995): A Biographical Introduction and a Bibliography.
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Wikipedia cites Rhian Davies, Scarred Background: Nigel Heseltine (1916-1995): A Biographical Introduction and a Bibliography, in Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, 11 (2006-07) [online].
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William the Conk: Heseltines first wife, Natalia Borisovna Galitzine (b.1920) was descended via the Hapsburgs and Romanovs from William I of England (William the Conqueror). See William I website > Germany [online; accessed 27.02.2010].
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