Morrison, Arthur

Morrison, Arthur,

1863–1945, English novelist. A journalist, he worked on the National Observer for William Ernest Henley. His stories of life in the London slums include Tales of Mean Street (1894), A Child of the Jago (1896), and A Hole in the Wall (1902). He was also the author of a series of detective stories.
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CALLED BY ITS SPONSOR, the National Endowment for the Humanities, "the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual and public achievement in the humanities," the annual Jefferson Lecture has been delivered by such a variety of historians, scholars, novelists, and poets as to frustrate all efforts to descry a party line among them, although individual lecturers have been famously partisan (e.g., Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.).