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Buchan, John, 1875-1940



John Buchan (1st Baron Tweedsmuir) was born on August 26, 1875 in Perth, Scotland. After a brief legal career, Buchan simultaneously began his writing career and his political and diplomatic careers, serving as a private secretary to the administrator of various colonies in southern Africa. He eventually wrote propaganda for the British war effort during World War I. He was elected Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities in 1927, but he spent most of his time on his writing career, notably writing "The Thirty-Nine Steps" and other adventure fiction. In 1935, King George V, on the advice of Prime Minister R. B. Bennett, appointed Buchan to replace the Earl of Bessborough as Governor General of Canada, for which purpose Buchan was raised to the peerage. He occupied the post until his death in 1940.

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John Buchan letters

Identifier: MS-137
Date(s): 1898 to 1927

John Buchan (1875-1940), Scottish novelist. The collection contains letters addressed chiefly to James B. Pinker, literary agent, regarding negotiations for the publication of the works of various English authors by the firm of Thomas Nelson and Sons.

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