Buchanan Crosby, Anne (4 of 16 ).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2002-05-22, 2003-01-09, 2003-03-26, 2003-06-18

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Buchanan Crosby, Anne, 1929- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: Tape 2: Side B. Story of why and how Rab joined the Communist party. Story of Jean’s relationship to Bertrand Russell. Anecdote about attending Dora Russell’s school; mentions nudism. Remarks about living at Sangers. Comments on parents’ subsequent political affiliations. Comments on Rab’s First World War memoirs. Story of his attraction to Jean. Mentions Jean’s relationship with Dick Godwin. Story of ABC as Jean’s unwilling confidante. Comments on letters from Delahaye to Jean; comments on how the Buchanan children treated him. Description of attitude to Rab’s compulsive womanising, his psychotherapy, and the effects of the Great War. Story of being sent to West Preston Manor School. Story of Jean’s relationship with Moira’s father, Bone Davies, his suicide and Moira’s discovery of her parentage. Comments on parents’ guilt. Story of Rab’s attitude to girls’ education and need to become accustomed to alcohol. Story of divorce settlement. Description of houses lived in; mentions evacuees. Anecdote about having to eat at a pub. Anecdote about being expelled from Preston Manor School; mentions landmines. Anecdote about attending Worthing Art School and painting at home. Story of attending A.S. Neill’s school [Summerhill]: mentions Sonia Miller, John Skeaping, Paul Skeaping, Barbara Hepworth. Description of A.S. Neill. Story of Jean taking on a job as cook for A.S. Neill. Description of ABC’s sessions with A.S.Neill. Remarks on Jean’s friendship with Ena [Neill]. Comments on being a problem child, going to a boys’ school.

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