Man of letters who became the editor of The Observer and wrote over 75 books. He chaired the British Drama League from 1954 to 1962.
He worked as a civil servant in the Home Office before quitting and becoming a freelance writer.
He criticized Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and other modernist poets, calling them 'Half-baked intellectuals [who] worship baby talk and even persuade other people to pay for it...'
He married Irene Gladys Hentschel and had no known children.
In 1923, he published a work entitled H. G. Wells.