Fonds RC0233 - Gabriel Fielding fonds

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Gabriel Fielding fonds

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  • 1952-1978 (Creation)

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1.5 m of textual records and sound recordings.

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Gabriel Fielding was the pen name of Alan G. Barnsley, physician, educator and author, who was born on 25 March 1916 in Hexham, Northumberland. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and St. George's Hospital, London. His best known novel is The Birthday King (1962), the story of a Jewish-Catholic family living in Nazi Germany, which won the W. H. Smith Award. In 1966 Barnsley moved to the United States where he became Professor of English at Washington State University until 1981. He died in Bellevue, Washington on 27 November 1986.

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The fonds consists of two accruals containing Fielding's manuscripts, correspondence from authors including Graham Greene (1904-), C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), C. P. Snow (1905-), Muriel Spark, and Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), one audio tape and news clippings.

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First accrual purchased from Alan Barnsley in August 1966. Second accrual purchased in April 1978.


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No further accruals are expected

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