|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1916|
County Durham, England
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 1986|
Was a writer of novels, television screenplays, poetry and short stories. His works are mostly set in the North East England during the 1940s and 1950s.
The son of a coal miner, Chaplin began working in the mines at age 15 and continued to do so while obtaining an education from the Worker's Educational Association of the University of Durham (1932–46) and the Fircroft College for Working Men, Birmingham (1939). He was a branch secretary of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain (1943–45) and finally was able to quit the mines in 1950 when he became a writer for a number of coal publications and a public relations officer for the National Coal Board.
The Leaping Lad (1946; rev. ed., 1970), a collection of short stories about the Durham mining community, established Chaplin as a talented regional writer. His next novel, The Thin Seam (1950), was another acutely observed portrait of coal-mining life, and The Day of the Sardine (1961) was a definitive portrait of a working-class youth's coming of age. Chaplin's subsequent works include the novels The Watchers and the Watched (1962) and The Mines of Alabaster (1971), and the short-story collections On Christmas Day in the Morning (1979) and The Bachelor Uncle (1980). Chaplin also adapted some of his works for the stage and for television.
He was awarded an OBE in 1977, and died of a heart attack in Grasmere, while participating in a literary weekend.
He was married Irene Rutherford in 1941, and they went on to have a daughter and two sons. Michael Chaplin (one of his sons) is an actor.
There is a writers competition held in his name.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Maxine Kravitz
Record added: Oct 11, 2011
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