Partridge, Frances ___ 1900-2004 ___ British ___ writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Partridge was born at Bedford Square, London, the sixth child in a well-established family. She studied at Bedales, where she met Lytton Strachey's sister, and at Newnham College, Cambridge. As a student she fell in with Dora Carrington and Ralph Partridge who were to become part of the famous Bloomsbury Group. After university, she worked in a London bookshop for six years. In 1933, the year after Lytton Strachey died and Carrington - Ralph Partridge's wife - committed suicide, she married Partridge. They had one son, Burgo, and, as pacifists during the war, lived a relatively quiet life at Ham Spray, Wiltshire. However, Ralph died abruptly in 1960, and their only son, Burgo, died three years later. Thereafter, Frances began to edit and publish her diaries, documenting her life and that of her friends over a period of about three decades. The first of these volumes appeared in 1978, and the last in 1998. She lived to be over a 100 years old, and was thus feted as the last surviving member of the Bloomsbury group.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1940-1971 ___ domestic literary social travel family people self music nature

WEB TEXT LINKS
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a few pages
several extracts

ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Cambridge University: King's College Archive Centre

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
A Pacifist's War  1940-1945
Everything to Lose  1945-1960
Good Company  1967-1970
 

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