Item #300142 Typed Letter, Signed, to the editor of the Manchester City News, correcting the newspaper’s derivation of his “pseudonym”. Compton Mackenzie.

The Origin of His Name

Typed Letter, Signed, to the editor of the Manchester City News, correcting the newspaper’s derivation of his “pseudonym”.

Beauly, Inverness-shire: Feb. 12, 1931.

12mo. The Origin of His Name. Slight darkening at lower edge Item #300142

“Sir:

“I hope that the pseudonyms you attribute to various writers are more accurate than the one you attribute to me.

“‘Compton Mackenzie’ is not ‘Mackenzie Compton’ in private life, and Fay Compton’s name is really Virginia Mackenzie. It was her great-great-grandmother whose name was Compton, and this pseudonym was first assumed by her grandfather Henry Compton for the stage …”

Fay Compton, the author’s younger sister, was a well-known actress who made her name in several plays of J.M. Barrie (including Peter Pan), and had the distinction of playing Ophelia opposite John Gielgud and John Barrymore.

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