Drew, Joanna. (3 of 50). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    2002-03-18 and 2002-04-05 and 2002-05-02 and 2002-05-23 and 2002-06-28 and 2002-07-11 and 2002-08-15 and 2002-08-29 and 2002-10-03 and 2002-10-17 and 2002-07-11

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    Drew, Joanna 1929-2003 (female)

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    O'Ryan, Lydia (female)

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    Part 3. Details of Joanna Drew's [JD] paternal grandfather, a doctor, Arthur Drew [AD], including his membership of The Rationalist Society, eventual abandonment of family and settling in Jamaica; anecdote about circumstances surrounding death; mentions AD's friendship with Noel Coward; brief return 1951 Great Britain for Festival of Britain. Mentions AD's siblings; his wife's family background [called Simpson] and domineering character; reference to great grandfather living with son, AD. Details of JD's father's early years, including attendance at Dragon School, Oxford, scholarship to Winchester and refusal to be Confirmed. Mentions AD's two residences in Oxford; cousin who spent war years with AD in Jamaica. Description of AD's character, including anecdote about felling of oak tree. Comments on Rationalist Society; attitude of Jamaicans to AD; remarks on sale of Jamaican house and AD's correspondence with Noel Coward. Mentions death of JD's sister-in-law.

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