Eton College, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4 6DW
University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PA
Royaument, 95270 Asnières-sur-Oise, France
Cimetière de Viarmes Viarmes, Departement du Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France
Lt-Col. Alan Payan Pryce-Jones TD (18 November 1908 – 22 January 2000) was a British book critic, author, journalist and Liberal Party politician. He was notably editor of The Times Literary Supplement from 1948 to 1959. Alan Pryce-Jones said of 1920s Oxford that ‘it was chic to be queer, rather as it was chic to know something about the twelve-tone scale and about Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”’.
Pryce-Jones was the son of Henry Morris Pryce-Jones, CB, CVO, DSO, MC and Marion Vere Payan Dawnay. His grandfather was the merchant entrepreneur Sir Pryce Pryce Jones of Montgomeryshire. Alan was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1934 he married Therese "Poppy" Fould-Springer (1908-1953), a daughter of Baron Eugène Fould-Springer, a French-born banker, and great-granddaughter of Baron Max Springer. They had one son, David Pryce-Jones. In 1968 he married Mrs Mary Jean Kempner Thorne (died 1969).
Pryce-Jones was assistant editor, The London Mercury, 1928–32. He served in the war of 1939–45 in France, Italy and Austria. He was editor, The Times Literary Supplement, 1948–59, book critic for the New York Herald Tribune, 1963–66, the World Journal Tribune, 1967–68, Newsday, 1969–71, and theatre critic for Theatre Arts from 1963. He was director, Old Vic Trust, 1950–61, He was a member of Council, Royal College of Music, 1956–61, and program associate, The Humanities and Arts Program, Ford Foundation, NY, 1961–63.
Pryce-Jones joined the Liberal Party in 1937 in response to the party's stance against Nazi Germany fashioned by party leader Sir Archibald Sinclair and supported by Winston Churchill whom he admired. He became vice-president of the St Marylebone Liberal Association and not long after he was adopted as Prospective Liberal Parliamentary Candidate for Louth in Lincolnshire, in succession to Margaret Wintringham. who had been adopted as candidate at Gainsborough. However, his political career was cut short by the outbreak of the Second World War. He was a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, 1950–61.
Pryce-Jones is buried next to Poppy in the cemetery at Viarmes, France, not far from her family's estate Royaument, near Paris, where they had been married Dec. 28, 1934.
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