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Morgan, Louise



  • Existence: 1883 - 1964

Louise Morgan was born and educated in the United States. In 1923 she left her husband Gordon Fulcher and joined Otto Theis in London. They married and Morgan began working for The Outlook, an English political-literary magazine. By 1927 she was in charge of the Women's Section, but disagreements within the paper and the birth of her son cut short her employment. Morgan left in 1928, and the paper folded later that year. The following year she accepted a position with Everyman, becoming one of its editors in 1932. Like The Outlook, Everyman suffered from internal disputes and the paper was dissolved in 1933.

Morgan became a journalist, writing for News Chronicle and Good Housekeeping. Her articles spanned many topics, but usually focused on health and social welfare issues. These interests eventually led to her book Inside Yourself (1954), about Dr. F. M. Alexander's method of exercise. She published several other works, Writers at Work (1931), Inside Your Kitchen (1956), and Home-Made Wines (1958), but spent most of her career writing for periodicals. She also acted as a literary agent, although not as extensively or formally as Otto Theis.

Louise and her second husband had a wide circle of literary friends; two of their longest and closest relationships were with Evelyn Scott and Nancy Cunard. When Scott was living and working in Europe, they often gave her emotional and sometimes financial support, becoming her literary and personal confidants. With Nancy Cunard they also developed a close business and personal relationship. Cunard frequently sent her work to them for criticism and asked for publication advice. When health problems forced Cunard to enter a sanatorium in 1960, the Theises persuaded the hospital to turn Cunard over to them, and they cared for her until she recovered.

Louise Morgan's long career as a journalist ended sometime in the 1950s when she left the News Chronicle, but she continued writing until her death in 1964.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Louise Morgan and Otto Theis papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 80
Overview: The papers document the literary and personal lives of Morgan and Theis, and contain correspondence, subject files, and professional papers related to the 20th century British literary world. There is correspondence regarding Evelyn Scott, and correspondence as well as poems by Nancy Cunard.
Dates: 1903-1983, bulk 1930-1960