Hudson, Derek (Rommel) 1911-2003
HUDSON, Derek (Rommel) 1911-2003
See index for CA sketch: Born July 20, 1911, in London, England; died October 31, 2003. Editor and author. Hudson held editing posts at the Times, Spectator, and at Oxford University Press. Educated at Shrewsbury School from 1925 to 1930, he earned his B.A. and M.A. at Merton College. His first editing job was for the Birmingham Post, where he also wrote some theater criticism, and in 1939 he joined the London Times, where he worked for the next ten years in various departments, including the Home, Letters, and Obituaries sections. From 1949 to 1953, Hudson was literary editor at the Spectator. He freelanced for two years before being hired by Oxford University Press, where he notably edited the publisher's "World's Classics" series. Hudson's wide range of interests led him to publish books ranging from biographies and histories to essays and selections of short stories. Some of these include A Poet in Parliament: The Life of Winthrop Mackworth Praed, 1802-1839 (1939), British Journalists and Newspapers (1945), Modern English Short Stores: Second Series (1956), Arthur Rackham: His Life and Work (1960), Oxford Publishing since 1478 (1966), For Love of Painting: The Life of Sir Gerald Kelly (1975), and Booms and Busts in Botswana: Where Is the Economy Today? (1992). He was also the author of Writing between the Lines: An Autobiography (1965).
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
Birmingham Post (Birmingham, England), November 4, 2003, p. 7.
Times (London, England), November 3, 2003.