Christopher “Christopher Cauldwell” St John Sprigg

Christopher “Christopher Cauldwell” St John Sprigg

Birth
Putney, London Borough of Wandsworth, Greater London, England
Death 12 Feb 1937 (aged 29)
Madrid, Provincia de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 125290688 · View Source
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"He was killed in action on 12 February 1937, the first day of the Battle of the Jarama Valley. His brother, Theodore, had attempted to have Caudwell recalled by the Communist Party of Great Britain by showing its General Secretary, Harry Pollitt, the proofs of Caudwell's book Illusion and Reality. Caudwell's Marxist works were published posthumously. The first was Illusion and Reality (1937), an analysis of poetry."

"Christopher Caudwell was the pseudonym of Christopher St John Sprigg (20 October 1907 – 12 February 1937), a British Marxist writer, thinker and poet. He was born into a Roman Catholic family, resident at 53 Montserrat Road, Putney. He was educated at the Benedictine Ealing Priory School, but left school at the age of 15 after his father, Stanhope Sprigg, lost his job as literary editor of the Daily Express. Caudwell moved with his father to Bradford and began work as a reporter for the Yorkshire Observer. He made his way to Marxism and set about rethinking everything in light of it, from poetry to philosophy to physics, later joining the Communist Party of Great Britain in Poplar, London. In December 1936 he drove an ambulance to Spain and joined the International Brigades there, training as a machine-gunner at Albacete before becoming a machine-gun instructor and group political delegate. He edited a wall newspaper.[Taken from Wikipedia article.]"


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  • Maintained by: Alejandra Revuelta
  • Originally Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
  • Added: 18 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 125290688
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christopher “Christopher Cauldwell” St John Sprigg (20 Oct 1907–12 Feb 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 125290688, ; Maintained by Alejandra Revuelta (contributor 48350537) Non-Cemetery Burial.