Mitchison, Naomi ___ 1897-1999 ___ British ___ writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Naomi Haldane was born in Edinburgh, into a wealthy family, and educated at Dragon School and St Anne's College, Oxford. During the war, she married Dick Mitchison, and after the war, they both became Fabian Labour campaigners. He was elected to Parliament, later being elevated to the House of Lords. Naomi's first novel, 'The Conquered', was published in 1923, and other novels, such as 'The Corn King' and 'The Blood of the Martyrs', followed in the 1930s. During this time, the Mitchisons lived in Hammersmith, London, entertaining, among others, a wide circle of literary friends. They had seven children (though two died young), some of whom became distinguished scientists, like Naomi's brother J B S Haldane. Towards the late 1930s, the family moved to Carradale in Argyll. Between 1939 and 1945, Naomi kept a diary at the request of the social research organisation, Mass Observation. She travelled often and widely, both before and after the war, and, in the 1960s, was adopted as an honourary adviser by the Bakgatha tribe in Botswana. She was also interested in gardening and archaeology, and was very much committed to her local area. She wrote nearly 100 books, including biographies, essays, fiction, poetry and some well-respected and entertaining memoirs. Excerpts from her early diaries are contained in the biography 'The Nine Lives of Naomi Mitchison'.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1934 1939-1945 ___ military social travel family farming Austria

WEB TEXT LINKS
about and a few pages
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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Borthwick Institute for Archives - relating to Botswana

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Naomi Mitchison's Vienna Diary
Among You Taking Notes: the Wartime Diary of Naomi Mitchison
The Nine Lives of Naomi Mitchison
 

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