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Correspondence between P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre


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Spalding and E.A. Preyre (writing from Paris and Tangier), arranged in one sequence, 1956-89 (no letters 1963-6), with unpublished transcript entries by Preyre for his work La doute libérateur.


  • 1956-89


2 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. c. 5379].
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MSS. Eng. c. 5379-80

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13760

Biographical / Historical

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).

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library, 1992-3.

Related Materials

Papers of P.A. Spalding (MSS. Eng. c. 2763-2802, d. 2298-2340, e. 2433-2607).
Correspondence between P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre
Susan Thomas
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