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Wynyard Barry Browne (6 October 1911 – 19 February 1964) was an English dramatist, playwright and screenwriter.

Wynyard Barry Browne was born on October 6, 1911, in London. His father, Barry Mathew Charles Sleater Browne, was a clergyman, and his mother was Eleanor Muriel Verena Malcolmson. He was educated at Marlborough and Christ's College, Cambridge.[1] It was while in college that Browne developed his skills in writing.

Browne began working as a journalist just after he graduated from Cambridge. When he was only twenty-four, he published his first novel, Queenie Molson (1934), which told the story of a communist undergraduate student. The novel demonstrates "wry humor and a sharp eye for character," according to J. C. Trewin in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. It led to the publication in quick succession of two more novels: Sheldon's Way (1935) and The Fire and the Fiddle (1937). The novels display Browne's most celebrated trait: full, sensitive character portrayals that develop over the course of a story.

His plays include The Holly and the Ivy, which was first produced at the Duchess Theatre in London in 1950 and was adapted to become a film of the same title in 1952, for which he wrote the screenplay. His first play was Dark Summer and other works include A Question of Fact and The Ring of Truth. A traditional dramatist, his work fell out of fashion as 'kitchen sink' dramas revolutionised the London stage. He also adapted the Harold Brighouse play Hobson's Choice for the screen in 1954.

Wynyard married Joan Margaret Yeaxlee in 1948 and they had one daughter.

He died in Norwich, Norfolk on 19 February 1964.[2]

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