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Collection Level Description: Correspondence between P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre

Reference: MSS. Eng. c. 5379-80
Title: Correspondence between P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre
Dates of Creation: 1956-89
Extent: 2 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Philip Anthony Spalding (1911-89) was at Balliol College, Oxford, 1930-3; lived in London, 1933-8, and moved to Churt (in Surrey) in 1938, the year of his marriage to Edna Brown, née Young. Of independent means, Spalding devoted much of his life to reading and writing, and considered his diary to be his most important written work. His published work includes A Reader's Handbook to Proust (London, 1952), some volumes of verse and prose, and Self-Harvest, a study of diaries and the diarist (London, 1949).

Émile Alexis Preyre (fl. 1956-89) was the author of Le doute libérateur: expérience sceptique, expérience mystique (1971).

Scope and Content

Correspondence between P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre (writing from Paris and Tangier), arranged in one sequence, 1956-89 (no letters 1963-6), with unpublished transcript entries by Preyre for his work La doute libérateur.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library, 1992-3.

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A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Related Units of Description

Papers of P.A. Spalding.

Access Points

Authors | 20th century

Spalding | Philip Anthony | 1911-1989 | writer

Preyre | Emile Alexis | fl 1956-1989

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