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Alan Payan Pryce-Jones

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.



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.[1] In 1934 he married Therese "Poppy" Fould-Springer (1908-February 1953),[2] a daughter of Baron Eugène Fould-Springer, a French-born banker. In 1968 he married Mrs Mary Jean Kempner Thorne.[1]

Professional careerEdit

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.[1]

Political careerEdit

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.[3] 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.[1]


  • The Spring Journey, 1931
  • People in the South, 1932
  • Beethoven, 1933
  • 27 Poems, 1935
  • Private Opinion, 1936
  • Nelson, an opera, 1954
  • Vanity Fair, a musical play, (with Robin Miller and Julian Slade) 1962
  • The Bonus of Laughter (autobiography), 1987


  1. ^ a b c d ‘PRYCE-JONES, Alan Payan’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 2 February 2015
  2. ^ The year of death is from the Pryce Jones papers at Yale and other sources. Burke's Peerage 103rd edition (1963) Archived 2009-04-16 at the Wayback Machine apparently gives the year wrongly as 1952, unless the error is in the transfer to online data. The Fould Springer genealogical notes by Anne Yamey (below) incorrectly give her date of death as 1997.
  3. ^ The Bonus of Laughter by Alan Pryce-Jones

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