Stacy Aumonier

Stacy Aumonier

British writer
Date of Birth: 31.03.1877
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Stacy Omone
  2. A new branch of art
  3. Military service and writing success
  4. Battle with tuberculosis and final years
  5. A charming and versatile talent

Biography of Stacy Omone

Stacy Omone, a British writer, was one of the most popular individuals of his generation, showcasing his talents in various forms of art and "making audiences laugh or cry at his own discretion." He was born on March 31, 1877, near Regent's Park, London. His father, William, was involved in architecture and sculpture. Omone attended Cranley School in Surrey from 1890 to 1893. He was an avid cricket player, a member of literary and debating clubs, and served as a school prefect.

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After school, it seemed that Omone was destined to uphold his family's traditions, where almost everyone was engaged in the visual arts, and become a landscape artist. His paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1902-1903, and in 1908, he submitted interior pieces for judgment. In 1911, Omone held an exhibition of his work at the Goupil Gallery in London. He married concert pianist Gertrude Peppercorn, the daughter of landscape artist Arthur Douglas Peppercorn, in 1907. They had a son named Timothy in 1921.

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A new branch of art

A year after his marriage, Omone began to explore his talents in a new branch of art. He read his works and performed sketches on the theatrical stage. In 'The Observer' newspaper, shortly after the writer's death, it was said that Stacy could "perform alone in front of any audience, from the simplest to the most demanding, and make them laugh or cry at his own discretion." In 1915, Omone published his story "The Friends," which was well-received and later listed among the "15 Best Stories of the Year" by the Boston magazine "Transcript."

Stacy Aumonier

Military service and writing success

In 1917, at the age of 40, Stacy was called for military service during World War I. He initially served as a private in the finance department, and later worked as a draughtsman at the Ministry of National Service. The Army Medical Board in 1916 noted Stacy's occupations as "actor" and "writer." By the end of the following year, Omone had published four books - two novels and two collections of stories - and the occupation of "actor" naturally faded away.

Battle with tuberculosis and final years

In the mid-1920s, Omone was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He spent a considerable amount of time in various sanatoriums during the last few years of his life. In a letter to his friend and literary critic Rebecca West, written shortly before his death, Stacy described the extremely unfavorable conditions in a Norfolk sanatorium during the winter of 1927. He complained about the pervasive dampness, noting that the newspaper placed near his bed would be soaked through by morning. Shortly before seeking assistance in Switzerland, tuberculosis overcame him, and the writer passed away in a clinic near Lake Geneva on December 21, 1928.

A charming and versatile talent

Contemporary research and Omone's own letters indicate that even during the worst times, he remained a pleasant and witty person. Critic Gerald Gould wrote, "Omone's talents were fantastically diverse. He embraced all forms of art. But it was the charm and nobility of his personality that made him one of the most popular people of his generation, and that was truly the case." There are no concepts of a "typical story" or a "typical character" created by Omone's imagination. Some of his stories were comedies, while others focused on missed opportunities and losses. Part of his work revolved around wartime themes. He wrote with equal empathy about the poor and the wealthy, men and women, influential figures and wanderers, pompous men and superficial women, war heroes and deserters, idealists and thieves.