MC:PR35/1/3MS Literary Papers
MC:PR35/1/3MS/1 Before 1974
A typescript copy of Boase’s autobiography comprising a preface (2pp), six chapters (99 pp) and appendix on his religious beliefs (13 pp). The memoirs contain some reminiscences of Magdalen and Magdalen Fellows such as Lionel Smith and Harry Weldon and other Oxford personalities such as ‘Sligger’ Urquhart. Contemporaries of Boase’s that are mentioned include Kenneth Clark (art historian), Anthony Blunt and Lord Crawford (David Balniel). Boase writes also about his childhood, spent in Scotland near Dundee; his schooldays at Rugby; life in the cadet battalion housed in Wadham and his World War I service (when he won the Military Cross). He also describes his years at the Courtauld Institute and with the British Council Middle East during World War II. There is much about literary influences, art and drama.
N.B. Permission to cite or to quote from this memoir must be obtained in writing from the President and Fellows via the Fellow Librarian.
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