the Violet
Year Age Events in Lindsay's life Arts World events
March 3rd — David Lindsay born, Lewisham.
1879 3  
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Thomas Eddison invents the light bulb.
1883 7  
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche
1885 9
Starts at Colfe's Grammar School, Lewisham.
1886 10    
Daimler produces the first motor car.
1888 12  
Sunflowers by Van Gogh
The Secret Doctrine by Madame Blavatsky
Jack the Ripper murders in London.
1889 13
About this time, Lindsay's father leaves the family.
1890 14
December — finishes at Colfe's Grammar School
The world's first stretch of underground electric railway opens beneath London.
1891 15
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
1893 17    
Alexander Graham Bell makes the first long-distance telephone call.
1894 18
Final volume of Capital by Karl Marx
1895 19  
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.
1897 21  
Dracula by Bram Stoker
1900 24    
Einstein's General Theory of Relativity published, as is Freud's Interpretation of Dreams.
1901 25    
Death of Queen Victoria.
Accession of Edward VII.
1902 26  
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
End of the Boer War (began 1899).
1903 27    
First manned flight.
1904 28  
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M R James
1905 29  
The Gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany
1907 31  
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
1910 34    
Edward VII dies, and is succeeded by George V.
1912 36  
The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1914 38
Start of World War I.
1915 39  
The Trial by Franz Kafka (not published till 1925)
1916 40
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.
1917 41    
Russian Empire collapses because of the revolution.
1918 42 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.
1919 43
February 25th — demobilised from the Army.
Move to Porth, Cornwall.
April — starts writing A Voyage to Arcturus.
First daughter, Diana, born.
Jurgen by James Branch Cabell
1920 44
March — A Voyage to Arcturus finished. Starts The Haunted Woman
September — A Voyage to Arcturus published.
Medusa by E H Visiak
The Golem (silent film) dir. Paul Wegener
Formation of the League of Nations.
1921 45
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
1922 46
Feb — The Haunted Woman published.
Mar — first draft of Sphinx finished.
May — Sphinx completed.
June — abandons first attempt at The Ancient Tragedy. Works on it again in July & October.
Second daughter, Helen, born.
The Worm Ouroboros by E R Eddison
The Waste Land by T S Eliot
Ulysses by James Joyce
Establishment of the BBC.
1923 47
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
1924 48
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.
1925 49
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.
1926 50
Feb — The Adventures of M. de Mailly published in the UK.
Feb — finishes revising The Violet Apple.
1927 51
Mar — A Blade for Sale published in the US.
The Near and the Far by L H Myers
1928 52
Starts work on Devil's Tor.
About this time writes a fairy play for his daughters at Christmas.
Death of Lindsay's mother.
The Call of Cthulhu by H P Lovecraft
Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin.
1929 53 Moves to Ferring, near Worthing, on the South Coast.  
Crash of the Wall Street Financial Markets marks the start of the worst period of the Great Depression.
1931 55
November — Devil's Tor accepted by Putnam.
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
1932 56
January — Devil's Tor accepted; published later in the year.
Starts The Witch.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1933 57    
Modern Man in Search of a Soul by C G Jung.
1936 60    
First continuous television service started by the BBC.
Death of George V. His son Edward VIII succeeds.
1937 61  
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first full-length animated film.
Edward VIII abdicates to marry Mrs Simpson. George VI becomes king.
1938 62
They move to Hove.
Out of the Silent Planet by C S Lewis
1939 63
Stops working on The Witch.
The Wizard of Oz (film)
Start of World War II.
Start of the IRA's bombing campaign.
1940 64
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
1941 65
Lindsay's friend, author L H Myers, kills himself.
1943 67  
A Voyage to Venus by C S Lewis
1945 69
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 — the BBC Third Programme present 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.
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