John Ellingham Brooks

Birth
Death 31 May 1929 (aged 65–66)
Burial Capri, Città Metropolitana di Napoli, Campania, Italy
Memorial ID 161096492 · View Source
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John Ellingham Brooks was an impoverished, but socially prominent, gay pianist. He had been educated at St Paul's College, Stony Stratford, Bucks., and then Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was admitted at Lincoln's Inn and passed his Roman Law examination (1889).

In 1890 Brooks met (William) Somerset Maugham in Heidelberg. Bryan Connon has noted: "Ten years his senior and an ostentatious homosexual, Brooks encouraged his ambitions to be a writer and introduced him to the works of Schopenhauer and Spinoza."

Brooks was admitted to the BSA in Ernest Gardner's last year as Director. Brooks was re-admitted as an Associate in 1896/97 under Cecil Harcourt-Smith.

In 1895, the year of Oscar Wilde's imprisonment, Brooks and Maugham fled to Capri. It was there Brooks met (Beatrice) Romaine Mary Goddard, an American citizen. Brooks and Goddard married on Capri on 3 June 1903; it was a marriage of convenience, in fact they separated after three months, but Romaine continued to support him the rest of his life.

On Capri Brooks developed a close relationship with Edward Frederic Benson, another former student at the BSA.

Brooks died in May 1929.


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  • Created by: Elisa Rolle
  • Added: 15 Apr 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 161096492
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Ellingham Brooks (1863–31 May 1929), Find a Grave Memorial no. 161096492, citing Protestant Cemetery, Capri, Città Metropolitana di Napoli, Campania, Italy ; Maintained by Elisa Rolle (contributor 48982101) .