Correspondence between P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre

Scope and Content

Correspondence between P.A. Spalding and E.A. Preyre (writing from Paris and Tangier), arranged in one sequence, 1956-89 (no letters 1963-6), with unpublished transcript entries by Preyre for his work La doute librateur.

Administrative / Biographical History

Philip Anthony Spalding (1911-89) was at Balliol College, Oxford, 1930-3; lived in London, 1933-8, and moved to Churt (in Surrey) in 1938, the year of his marriage to Edna Brown, ne Young. Of independent means, Spalding devoted much of his life to reading and writing, and considered his diary to be his most important written work. His published work includes A Reader's Handbook to Proust (London, 1952), some volumes of verse and prose, and Self-Harvest, a study of diaries and the diarist (London, 1949).

mile Alexis Preyre (fl 1956-89) was the author of Le doute librateur: exprience sceptique, exprience mystique (1971).

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library, 1992-3.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Related Material

Papers of P.A. Spalding (MSS. Eng. c. 2763-2802, d. 2298-2340, e. 2433-2607).