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Born Dec. 28, 1915, in Cambridge; died Dec. 27, 1936, in Córdoba, Spain. English poet and journalist. A leader of the British Komsomol; joined the British Communist Party in 1932.
Cornford attended Cambridge University (1934–36). He died in battle as an International Brigade volunteer in the National Revolutionary War in Spain of 1936–39. A revolutionary poet and Marxist critic, Cornford did his most vivid writing during the Spanish period—his diary, letters, and the narrative poem “Full Moon Over Tierza: Before the Storming of Huesca” (1936; Russian translation, 1937).
WORKSA Memoir. London, 1938.
Communism Was My Waking Time. Moscow, 1958.
REFERENCESStartsev, A. “Tri anglichanina.” Krasnaia nov’, 1938, no. 3.
Stansky, P., and W. Abrahams. Journey to the Frontier: Julian Bell and John Cornford. Their Lives and the 1930’s. London, 1966.