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Winifred Dolan beyond the West End
Lucie Sutherland

3 Past the memoir Winifred Dolan beyond the West End Lucie Sutherland As an actress, producer and teacher, Winifred Dolan (1867–1958) had a long and varied working life. Leaving professional theatre in 1904, Dolan later called her time as an actress ‘years of rich experience and testing endeavour’.1 These words appear in her memoir, A Chronicle of Small Beer, written in 1949 for private circulation within the school where Dolan had been employed as a drama teacher and amateur theatre producer for almost three decades. Here an initial career in professional

in Stage women, 1900–50
Jessica L. Malay

The Lady Anne Clifford’s Memoir, 1603 2 In Christmas I used to go much to the Court, and sometimes did I lie in my aunt of Warwick’s1 chamber on a pallet, to whom I was much bound for her continual care and love of me, in so much as if Queen Elizabeth had lived, she intended to have preferred me to be of the Privy Chamber. For at that time there was as much hope and expectation of me both for my person and my fortunes as of any other young lady whatsoever. A little after the Queen removed to Richmond she began to grow sickly. My Lady2 used to go often thither

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Memoirs and the history of the individual
Noelle Gallagher

I Memoir ‘The Memoires written in [the French] Nation and Language since the days of Henry the 3d , would almost make up a Library’, Gilbert Burnet declared in the preface to his Memoires of the Lives of the Dukes of Hamilton and Castleherald (1677). Nor was the genre’s popularity confined, he noted, to the French, for ‘this

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The Labour Party and constitutional policy in Northern Ireland
Stephen Hopkins

4 The memoir writing of the Wilson and Callaghan governments: the Labour Party and constitutional policy in Northern Ireland Stephen Hopkins It is impossible to imagine a successful British policy in Northern Ireland, or at least one whose success could begin to be judged for at least a generation.1 The purpose of this chapter is to analyse the memoir writing of senior Labour Party (LP) politicians who were closely engaged in developing and implementing government policy towards Northern Ireland during the administrations of Harold Wilson (1964–70 and 1974

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The Enduring Rage of Baldwin and the Education of a White Southern Baptist Queer
Jon-Marc McDonald

Delivered in Paris at the 2016 International James Baldwin Conference just two weeks before the killing of 49 individuals at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida on 26 June 2016, “Relatively Conscious” explores, through the eyes of an LGBT American and the words of James Baldwin, how separate and unequal life remains for so many within the United States. Written in the tradition of memoir, it recounts how, just as Paris saved Baldwin from himself, the writer’s life was transformedupon the discovery of Baldwin.

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Writing about the past in England, 1660–1740

For Restoration and early-eighteenth-century writers, history proper was only one of a wide range of forms that could be used to represent the past. Accordingly, while some sought to record historical phenomena using large-scale formal narrative, others chose to depict the past as satire, secret history, scandal chronicle, biography, journal, letter, and memoir. A poem like John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel, for example, could claim to be fulfilling neoclassical history's moral purpose of warning readers against vice, but it could present historical phenomena with an undisguised political bias. Equally, Daniel Defoe's Secret History of the White-Staff could address the same public events as a formal historical narrative, but recount them through the eyes of a politically opposed narrator. Writing for a broader audience, memoirists, scandal chroniclers, historians, and satirists were naturally prompted to depict historical phenomena in ways that differed from the neoclassical ideal. The increased attention to topical events and individual characters likely helped to attract new groups of readers to historical literature, but it was not without its critics. The genres of memoirs, satires, and secret histories, often painted portraits using far more than the 'two or three Colours' recommended by artes historicae. By mid 1750, the perceived 'ebb' in English historiography had ended - but also had the sense that history could be authoritatively defined as 'a continued narration of things true, great, and publick'. The full-length narratives of John Oldmixon, and other 'hack' historians had by mid-century been hastily consigned to the library or the dustbin.

Jane Maxwell

The poor survival rate of primary sources for the history of Irish women in the early modern period is mitigated by the sophistication with which extant sources are now being analysed. When re-examined without reference to the demands of the traditional historical grand narrative, when each text itself is permitted to guide its own interrogation, previously undervalued texts are revealed to be insightful of individual existential experience. The memoir of eighteenth-century Dorothea Herbert, hitherto much ignored due to the authors mental illness, is becoming increasingly respected not just for its historic evidential value but for the revelations it contains of a distressed individuals use of literature to manage her circumstances. The interpretive tools deployed on such a text by different research specialisms necessarily lead to divergent conclusions; this in turn may lead to creative re-imagining of history although they cannot all equally reflect what was likely to have been the lived reality of the original author.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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James Baldwin on My Shoulder
Karen Thorsen

Filmmaker Karen Thorsen gave us James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, the award-winning documentary that is now considered a classic. First broadcast on PBS/American Masters in August, 1989—just days after what would have been Baldwin’s 65th birthday—the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990. It was not the film Thorsen intended to make. Beginning in 1986, she and Baldwin had been collaborating on a very different film project: a “nonfiction feature” about the history, research, and writing of Baldwin’s next book, Remember This House. It was also going to be a film about progress: how far we had come, how far we still had to go, before we learned to trust our common humanity. The following memoir explores how and why their collaboration began. This recollection will be serialized in two parts, with the second installment appearing in James Baldwin Review’s seventh issue, due out in the fall of 2021.

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James Baldwin’s American South
Jeff Fallis

James Baldwin has frequently been written about in terms of his relationship to geographical locations such as Harlem, Paris, St. Paul-de-Vence, Istanbul, and “the transatlantic,” but his longstanding connection to the American South, a region that served as a vexed and ambiguous spiritual battleground for him throughout his life and career, has been little discussed, even though Baldwin referred to himself as “in all but no technical legal fact, a Southerner.” This article argues that the South has been seriously underconsidered as a major factor in Baldwin’s psyche and career and that were it not for the challenge to witness the Southern Civil Rights movement made to Baldwin in the late 1950s, he might never have left Paris and become the writer and thinker into which he developed. It closely examines Baldwin’s fictional and nonfictional engagements with the American South during two distinct periods of his career, from his first visit to the region in 1957 through the watershed year of 1963, and from 1963 through the publication of Baldwin’s retrospective memoir No Name in the Street in 1972, and it charts Baldwin’s complex and often contradictory negotiations with the construction of identity in white and black Southerners and the South’s tendency to deny and censor its historical legacy of racial violence. A few years before his death, Baldwin wrote that “[t]he spirit of the South is the spirit of America,” and this essay investigates how the essential question he asked about the region—whether it’s a bellwether for America’s moral redemption or moral decline—remains a dangerous and open one.

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Lessons Learned for Engagement in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States
Logan Cochrane

Activities and Modalities for Resilience Building in South Sudan . Cochrane Consulting : Ottawa, Canada . Coghlan , N. ( 2017 ), Collapse of a Country: A Diplomat’s Memoir of South Sudan . McGill-Queen’s University Press : Montreal and Kingston . DFID . ( 2010 ), Country Programme Evaluation – Sudan. Evaluation Report EV708 Department for International Development March 2010 . DRC . ( 2015 ), Food Security and Livelihoods Assessment in Maban County, Upper Nile . Danish Refugee Council January 2015 . EC . ( 2017

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