Edward Henry Gordon Craig (1872-1966) was a member of the Lyceum, London, where he received training as an actor and began
his career in stage design and production (1889-95). He was also an author, the Royal Designer for Industry of the Royal College
of Art (1938), and president of the Mermaid Theatre, London (1964). In 1958, he was made a Companion of Honour. The collection
consists of correspondence, cards, and woodcuts by Edmund Gordon Craig, as well as a photograph, ephemera, and related letters
to Rudolph Holzapfel from Raymond Raynal (Jean Louis Barrault).
Edward Henry Gordon Craig was born on January 16, 1872 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England; son of Ellen Terry, a Shakespearean
actress, and Edward William Godwin, and brother of Edith Craig, a theatrical producer and director; attended Southfield Park
School in Tunbridge Wells, Bradford College, and Heidelberg College in Germany; married and later divorced actress May Gibson;
member of the Lyceum, London, where he received training as an actor and began his career in stage design and production,
1889-95; involved in productions such as Acis and Galatea (1902), The Vikings at Helgeland (1903), and Much ado about nothing (1903); publications include: The art of the theatre (1905), On the art of theatre (1911), Scene (1923), Woodcuts and some words (1924), and a partial biography titled, Index to the story of my days (1957); magazine publications include: The page (1898-1901) and The mask (1908-29); appointed Royal Designer for Industry of the Royal College of Art, 1938; made a Companion of Honour, 1958; president
of the Mermaid Theatre, London (1964); he died on July 29, 1966 in Vence, France.
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