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Louise Morgan

Louise Morgan (1886?–1964), US born journalist and author, and known for her book Inside Yourself.

Life

Louise Morgan was born in Providence, Rhode Island and educated in the United States at Vassar College. In 1923 she left the US for London. She first did editorial work and wrote for The Outlook, an English political-literary magazine, and was in charge of the Women’s Section. She was an editor of Everyman until it ceased publication in 1933. She joined the News Chronicle as Special Correspondent writing on a wide variety of subjects and was a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping. Her articles focused on health and social welfare issues.[1]

Louise Morgan also acted as a literary agent. She and her second husband, Otto Theis, had a wide circle of literary friends, and were close friends with Nancy Cunard.

Louise Morgan’s long career as a journalist ended in the mid 1950s when she left the News Chronicle, but she continued writing for periodicals until her death in 1964.

Connection with the Alexander Technique

She had lessons with Charles Neil and planned to write a book on his work. However, Neil had not told her that Alexander was still alive. When she discovered that Alexander was still teaching at Ashley Place, she went to Alexander c. 1952 – without telling him of her lessons with Neil – and persuaded Alexander to be interviewed for a book about his work.[2]

Writings

The book Inside Yourself (1954)[3] was reprinted several times, translated into German,[4] and new editions were published in 2010 and 2016.[5] The influence of Charles Neil’s method is apparent in the book.

Her 1955 article in Woman and Beauty, ‘The illusion of beauty’, introduces Alexander’s technique.[6]

She published several other works, Writers at Work (1931), The Ten Point Way to Health (1938), Inside Your Kitchen (1956)  – which does contain some passages on the Technique,[7] and Home-Made Wines (1958).

References

[1] Michael Theis, personal correspondence, 4–5 July 2009.
[2] Edward Owen notes from interview with Walter Carrington 1 September 1961. (Jean Fischer private collection.)
[3] Inside Yourself by Louise Morgan (Hutchinson & Co., 1954).
[4] Hilfe aus dir selbst by Louise Morgan (Johannes Illig, 1967).
[5] Inside Yourself by Louise Morgan, 3rd edition (Mouritz, 2016).
[6] ‘The illusion of beauty’ by Louise Morgan in Woman and Beauty, August 1955, pp. 44–47.
[7] Inside Your Kitchen by Louise Morgan (Hutchinson & Co., 1956).