Events in Lindsay's life
March 3rd — David Lindsay born, Lewisham.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Thomas Eddison invents the light bulb.
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche
May — Starts at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lewisham.
She by H Rider Haggard
Daimler produces the first motor car.
April — Lindsay's father does not come home, and is pronounced missing.
Sunflowers by Van Gogh
The Secret Doctrine by Madame Blavatsky
Jack the Ripper murders in London.
Jan — finishes at Colfe’s Grammar School
The world’s first stretch of underground electric railway opens beneath London.
Starts work in the city for Price Forbes (est. 1873, still going), a firm of Lloyd’s underwriters.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Alexander Graham Bell makes the first long-distance telephone call.
Final volume of Capital by Karl Marx
Lilith by George MacDonald
The Time Machine by H G Wells
Lumière brothers demonstrate a cinema projector capable of showing 16 frames a second.
Oscar Wilde imprisoned.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Start of the Boer War.
Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity published, as is Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams.
Death of Queen Victoria.
Accession of Edward VII.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
End of the Boer War.
First manned flight.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M R James
The Gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany
The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen
The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
The Man Who Was Thursday by G K Chesterton
Edward VII dies, and is succeeded by George V.
The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Start of World War I.
September — death of his brother, Alexander.
March — enlisted as a Private.
October — called up for service in the Foot Guards at Caterham.
December 21st — marries Jacqueline Silver. At this time he is living at Golder’s Green, London.
Russian Empire collapses because of the revolution.
July — moved to the Army Pay Corps.
End of World War I.
Women (over the age of 30) gain the right to vote in the UK.
February 25th — demobilised from the Army.
Move to Porth, Cornwall.
April — starts writing A Voyage to Arcturus.
Oct — First daughter, Diana, born.
Jurgen by James Branch Cabell
March — A Voyage to Arcturus finished. Starts The Haunted Woman.
September — A Voyage to Arcturus published.
The Golem (silent film) dir. Paul Wegener
Formation of the League of Nations.
April — The Haunted Woman finished, declined by Methuen.
August — starts writing Sphinx.
August–September — The Haunted Woman serialised in The Daily News.
October — Methuen reconsider and agree to publish The Haunted Woman.
Feb — The Haunted Woman published.
Mar — first draft of Sphinx finished.
— Second daughter, Helen, born.
May — Sphinx completed.
June — abandons first attempt at The Ancient Tragedy. Works on it again in July & October.
The Worm Ouroboros by E R Eddison
The Waste Land by T S Eliot
Ulysses by James Joyce
Establishment of the BBC.
May — The Adventures of M. de Mailly finished.
June-October — again works on The Ancient Tragedy.
December — Sphinx published.
Weird Tales begins publication
Three Stories and Ten Poems by Ernest Hemingway
February — starts writing The Violet Apple.
July — finishes The Violet Apple; John Long reject it.
Surrrealist Manifesto by André Breton
Britain’s first Labour government.
September — L H Myers writes to Lindsay with praise for Arcturus.
November — The Adventures of M. de Mailly accepted for publication by Melrose.
Invention of television.
Feb — The Adventures of M. de Mailly published in the UK.
Feb — finishes revising The Violet Apple.
Mar — A Blade for Sale published in the US.
The Near and the Far by L H Myers
Starts work on Devil’s Tor.
May — Death of Lindsay’s mother.
About this time writes a fairy play for his daughters at Christmas.
The Call of Cthulhu by H P Lovecraft
Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
Moves to Ferring, near Worthing, on the South Coast.
Medusa by E H Visiak
Crash of the Wall Street Financial Markets marks the start of the worst period of the Great Depression.
November — Devil’s Tor accepted by Putnam.
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
January — Devil’s Tor accepted; published later in the year.
Starts The Witch.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C G Jung.
First continuous television service started by the BBC.
Death of George V. His son Edward VIII succeeds.
First English translation of The Trial by Franz Kafka
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first full-length animated film
Edward VIII abdicates to marry Mrs Simpson. George VI becomes king.
The Lindsays move to Hove.
Out of the Silent Planet by C S Lewis
Stops working on The Witch.
The Wizard of Oz (film)
Start of World War II.
Start of the IRA’s bombing campaign.
C S Lewis, in a lecture to Merton College, entitled "The Kappa Element in Romance" (later revised as "On Stories") praises A Voyage to Arcturus.
Perelandra by C S Lewis
Lindsay’s friend, author L H Myers, kills himself.
July 16th — Lindsay dies.
End of World War II.
August — atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Gollancz republish A Voyage to Arcturus.
29th Nov — on the BBC Light Programme, "Books and Writers", presents a discussion on Lindsay’s works; Jacqueline Lindsay describes it as "a complete fiasco".
A Voyage to Arcturus radio adaptation on the BBC’s Third Programme.
J B Pick’s essay, "The Work of David Lindsay", published in Studies in Scottish Literature is one of the earliest critical studies of Lindsay’s work.
A Voyage to Arcturus gets its first mass-market paperback release, from Ballantine Books in the US.
The Strange Genius of David Lindsay by J B Pick, Colin Wilson and E H Visiak published.
Adam International Review publish Lindsay’s surviving letters to E H Visiak.
Lines Review publish some of Lindsay’s Philosophical Notes.
The Violet Apple and The Witch published.