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ID: 1478
Typescript draft of a review for the Tatler of Julian Maclaren-Ross's autobiography.
MACLAREN-ROSS, Julian: George Barker


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Four A4 typed pages with manuscript corrections by the poet George Barker. Barker was a fellow inhabitant of Fiztrovia and was acquainted with Maclaren-Ross, although from the tone of the review he had very mixed feelings about the man and had a poor opinion of writing ability. ' I remember him as a rather melancholy Malvolio, drawling away in a high-pitched nasal monotone to which no one in the Wheatsheaf or the Highlander or the French Pub ever paid any attention at all'. He states of the stories 'they have the curious faculty of hanging around in the recollection like a series of social gaffes or a bundle of sentimental old underclothes left in someone else's bedroom. I found reading them both evocative and faintly shameful. Evocative because Maclaren-Ross really did possess a door-to-door salesman's eye for snap evaluations, and faintly shameful because he had an eye for almost nothing else.' A fascinating document by a contemporary and acquaintance of Maclaren-Ross. Price £200.00

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