Buchanan Crosby, Anne (8 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 8: Tape 5: Side A. Comments on use of sirens as symbols of death and fear; Heloise’s approach to death. Story of being read Greek myths at West Preston Manor School, memories of the book and its illustrations. Mentions atheism. Comments on love of architecture. Comments on Jean’s flair at interior design; mentions Tecton, and Dartington. Description of moving in with TC; mentions TC Hammersmith house. Comments on the divorce and alimony. Description of pregnancy and loss of first Crosby child Nicholas Johanas; description of TC’s and his mother’s Afrikaans’ attitudes. Story of ABC buying Mrs Crosby a house: Mrs Crosby’s character. Story about taking Jean and Mrs Crosby on holiday. Description of TC’s family background. Dr Reinhold’s comments about TC. Comments on marriage breakdown starting with Matthew’s birth. Description of TC’s response to Matthew’s condition and the research conducted by Dr Polani [?] at Queen Charlotte’s [Guy’s?] Hospital and its outcome. Description of the decision to send Matthew to a foster mother: mentions Donald Winnicott, the MacIntyre School, television documentary ‘The Problem’. Mentions Roger Reith. Comments on the relationship between Dido Crosby [DC] and her father, TC. Description of ABC’s and TC’s relationship with Matthew. Anecdote about friendship between DS and Matthew, unlike AF’s dislike of mentally handicapped. Story of Jerry Sokel’s friendship with Matthew; mentions St John’s College, Jacob Klein. Comments about the aristocracy’s relations with the working class.

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