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Spender (Sir Stephen), 1950-1995

MS. Berlin 283
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (passim) references to Spender's work and career
  2. (fols. 8-9) comments on Berlin's broadcasts on ' Freedom and its Betrayal', 1952
  3. (fols. 15-19) letters about the publication of Berlin's broadcasts on ' A Marvellous Decade' in Encounter , 1955
  4. (fols. 44-48) description by Spender of his impressions of Poland, following a visit, 1958
  5. (fols. 49-52) comments by Spender on Berlin's inaugural lecture as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory on ' Two Concepts of Liberty', and Berlin's response, 1958
  6. (fol. 73) copy letter from Spender to the Observer, about an article on Berlin's appointment as head of Wolfson College, 1966
  7. (fols. 74-84) discussion of a libel action brought by Conor Cruise O'Brien against Encounter over an article by Goronwy Rees, 1966
  8. (fols. 88-102) discussion of the controversy over the revelation of the involvement of the CIA in the funding of Encounter , 1967
  9. (fol. 98) comment by Berlin on the Six Days War, 1967
  10. (fols. 106-117) correspondence and papers about a possible new independent journal, 1967
  11. (fols. 119-133) translation by Berlin of a letter from Pavel Litvinov to Spender, about the possible formation of a committee to support the democratic movement in the Soviet Union, 1968
  12. (fol. 146) comment by Berlin on the election of Stuart Hampshire to the Wardenship of Wadham College, 1970
  13. (fols. 155-156) comments by Spender on Berlin's Romanes Lecture on Turgenev, 1972
  14. (fols. 173-180) copy of Recent Poems inscribed to the Berlins, 1978
  15. (fol. 188) translation by Spender of some lines from Heine, 1979
  16. (fol. 189) draft of Spender's poem 'Late Stravinsky Listening to Late Beethoven', 1979
  17. (fols. 245-246) draft of 'Six Variations (Thoughts for Isaiah Berlin, arising from reading Pepys Journal)', 1991
  18. (fol. 248) incomplete earlier draft of 'Six Variations', 1991


  • Creation: 1950-1995


260 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Berlin 283

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom