Harold Hannyngton Child (1869-1945), British author and critic. Trained in the law, he abandoned it in favor of short career as an actor. Began writing short stories and novels. Between 1912 and 1920 he was dramatic critic of the Observer. Also with Sir Bruce Lyttelton Richmond he helped produce the Times Literary Supplement and contributed many articles to it. Also a contributor to the Cambridge History of English Literature. Also author of novels, a book on Thomas Hardy in 1916, and a book of love poems The Yellow Rock in 1919.
Married Drusilla Mary Cutler in 1896; she died in 1918. Remarried to Helen Mary Wilkinson in 1934; no children Though Child was Janet de Selincourt’s lover, the de Selincourts’ open marriage enabled him to live at Wantley.