Myers, Leo

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Myers, Leo Gender: M
Leopold Hamilton Myers
born on 6 September 1881 at 17:30 (= 5:30 PM )
Place Cambridge, England, 52n13, 0e08
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 14°13' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 23°34 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 13°00'


British novelist born into a cultured family; his father was the writer Frederic William Henry Myers (1843-1901) and his mother the photographer Eveleen Tennant (1856-1937). He was named after his godfather, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. His trilogy/tetralogy "The Root and the Flower," set in India at the time of Akbar, is his major work and was recognised by the award of the 1935 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

He did not visit India, and his writings about it have been seen by some critics as reflecting his own intellectual milieu and its concerns. He was independently wealthy from his mid-20s, travelled and began to write. In 1908 he married the American Elsie Palmer (1873–1955), daughter of General William Palmer, and a friend of John Singer Sargent, who painted her. He made many friends of different kinds, and late in life broke with most of them. In the 1930s he wrote in sympathy with Marxist thought. He committed suicide on 7 April 1944 by taking an overdose of Veronal.

He was on the edge of the Bloomsbury group, and knew L. P. Hartley, Aelfrida Tillyard and Max Plowman. He kept up a lengthy correspondence with Olaf Stapledon. Other friends were David Lindsay, Frank Dobson, and Charles le Gai Eaton. By an anonymous loan he helped George Orwell travel to Morocco in 1938, to convalesce from tuberculosis.

The designer EQ Nicholson was his daughter.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Immortal Longings: FWH Myers and the Victorian Search for Life After Death" by Trevor Hamilton (Imprint Academic, 2009), p. 54: "The Myers eventually had three children— Leopold Hamilton 1881 (named after Prince Leopold his first godfather), Silvia 1883 and Harold 1886. Myers carefully noted in his diary the rising sign under which they were born (Aquarius, Leo and Saggitarius, respectively)." Date and place from birth notice in The Times, 10 September 1881, p. 1.

A speculative time of 5:30pm gives Aquarius rising.


  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)