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Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)An Irish writer, his world, and his times$
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W. J. McCormack

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739821.001.0001

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An Irishman and -Woman in Coventry, 1956–66

An Irishman and -Woman in Coventry, 1956–66

(p.152) (p.153) 7 An Irishman and -Woman in Coventry, 1956–66
Northman: John Hewitt (1907-87)

W. J. McCormack

Oxford University Press

This chapter relates Hewitt’s appointment to and first ten years at the Herbert Gallery in Coventry, in their domestic, professional, and political aspects. Methodism in the history of the English Midlands intrigued him, but never reclaimed his allegiance. The Labour Party’s control of local government stimulated his enthusiasm. His work at the Gallery involved art in schools, local crafts, as well as development of the formal collection. Wartime associations between Great Britain and the Soviet Union persisted at civic level (e.g. between Coventry and Stalingrad) and Hewitt travelled to the German Democratic Republic in 1956 to participate in celebrations as an official representative of his adopted city.

Keywords:   John Hewitt, Coventry, Methodism, Labour Party, Stalingrad, German Democratic Republic

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