- Wyndham Lewis Chronology
18 November 1882: Born on a yacht off the Nova Scotia coast to an English mother and an American father.
18981901: Attends the Slade School of Art.
19011909: Travels in Europe, living in Paris, Holland, Munich, and Madrid.
May 1909: First short story published, “The ‘Pole,’” in The English Review.
1912: Contributes decorations for Frieda Strindberg’s London night club, the Cabaret Theatre Club. Exhibits Kermesse at the Allied Artists’ Association show.
1913: Joins the Omega Workshops, but breaks with the director, Roger Fry, in October.
1914: Founds the Rebel Art Centre. Friendly with Ezra Pound and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Edits and publishes Blast, which heralds the first English avant-garde movement, Vorticism.
1915: Vorticist exhibition at the Doré Gallery. Publishes Blast 2.
1916: Joins Royal Artillery as a bombardier.
1917: Vorticist exhibit opens at the Penguin Club, New York, on 10 January, sponsored by John Quinn. Active service in France from May to November.
1918: Publishes his first novel, Tarr, set in the artistic bohemia of Paris.
1919: Guns by Wyndham Lewis exhibit at the Goupil Gallery.
1920: Travels with T. S. Eliot in France; meets James Joyce.
March 1926: The Art of Being Ruled is published, which Hugh Kenner later calls “the germ of all the polemics.”
1927: Time and Western Man, a combination of literary criticism and philosophy, is published.
1930: Visits Berlin, and on his return publishes articles on Hitler in Time and Tide.
May 1931: Visits Morocco; his account of the trip becomes Filibusters in Barbary.
1932: Thirty Personalities, an exhibit of portraits by Lewis, opens at the Lefevre Galleries in October.
May 1937: Publishes The Revenge for Love, a novel set in preCivil War Spain and London.
1938: Portrait of T. S. Eliot rejected by the Royal Academy.
March 1939: The Jews: Are They Human?, which attacks anti-Semitism and advocates admission of Jewish refugees into the British Empire, is published.
September 1939: Sails to Canada and remains in North America until the end of World War II.
1945: Returns to England.
1951: Vision begins to deteriorate, eventually resulting in blindness. He produces seven books after this.
7 March 1957: Dies in London.
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