File NLW MS 23743C. - Notebook,

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NLW MS 23743C.




  • 1937-1938 / (Creation)

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91 ff. with insertions (ff. 87-89 blank) ;225 x 170 mm.Quarter-cloth and paper over boards; 'September 1937 Return from Austria to Anschluss' (label on front cover).A few leaves torn out with stubs remaining.A few leaves torn out with stubs remaining

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Notebook of Berta Ruck, September 1937-June 1938, containing journal entries including comments on contemporary events, notes for fiction and articles. Some forty-eight letters, cards and telegrams, mostly from family and friends, cuttings, photographs and other ephemera have been pasted in.
The correspondents include A. A. Ruck, September 1937-April 1938 (inside front cover, ff. 73, 91), Alec Waugh, October-[December] 1937 (ff. 13, 44), Norman Haire, 29 October 1937 (f. 18), Oliver Onions, 1937 (f. 19 verso), Nathaniel Gubbins, 19 November 1937 (f. 27), Alys Meirion, [1937] (f. 29 verso), Naomi Jacob, 19 December 1937 (f. 36), and Peter Wykeham Barnes, [December 1937] (f. 36 verso). The volume also contains ink sketches and drawings by Ruck (ff. 54, 57, 59 verso-60, 63, 69 recto-verso) and a photograph of her, [1938] (f. 51). The press cuttings include articles by Ruck (ff. 59, 79, 80 verso) and an article from the Daily Express, 12 November 1937, about her son, Arthur Oliver (ff. 26 verso-27). Various press cuttings and letters from Austrian friends (ff. 49 verso-58 verso passim, 80a) discuss the Anschluss in March 1938.

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English, some German.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23743C.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 23743C; $q - A few leaves torn out with stubs remaining.