Did he or didn’t he?

Ronald Fraser

  • The Interior Castle: A Life of Gerald Brenan by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy
    Sinclair-Stevenson, 660 pp, £25.00, July 1992, ISBN 1 85619 137 0

Having described a significant segment of his past in South from Granada, published in 1957, Gerald Brenan went on to write two volumes of autobiography, A Life of One’s Own (1902) and Personal Record (1974). These covered his life from early childhood to his return to southern Spain in 1953 when he was nearly sixty, with a few final pages devoted to the following twenty years. Shortly before his death in 1987, a selection of the letters between him and his lifelong friend, Ralph Partridge, was also published. It seemed that there was not much more we would want or need to know about the foremost British writer on Spain this century.

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