Fritsch, Elizabeth (8 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Fritsch, Elizabeth, 1940 (speaker, female)

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    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 8: EF’s views on marriage. Comments on the benefits to the child of having a single mother. EF’s son’s attitude to marriage. Description of EF’s first boyfriend Joseph Karl [JK], their visits to galleries and theatres and their trips abroad. JK’s move to Tel Aviv. Description of EF and JMF’s courtship. Mentions EF’s friendship with Michael Scott. Breakdown of marriage to JMF. EF’s need to have a career to support her child. EF’s parent’s reaction to her divorce. EF’s move into a Marxist commune. Description of the commune. Mentions taking part in direct action and political marches. Mentions EF’s boyfriend in the commune. Short description of poetry readings and discussions at the Arts Lab, Covent Garden. Description of EF’s room in the commune and other members of the commune. EF’s move to Nell Dunn’s [ND] house, a commune in Putney. ND’s charwoman. EF’s Platonic friendship with David Henderson. EF’s move to Gestingthorpe House, East Anglia. Story about smuggling EF’s baby daughter into Ronnie Scott’s Nightclub to see Dizzy Gillespie. Description of the experiences of single motherhood among EF’s friends.

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