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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleWentzel, Mr Cyril & Mrs Ursula
Ref No8SUF/B/132
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 27
Date1 Mar 1977
Extent132a - 32:43 mins 132b - 45:44 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Ray Strachey and Pippa Strachey
DescriptionInterview took place at 36 Compton Road, London SW19 7QD. Interview relates to Ray and Pippa Strachey. Also see related interview 8SUF/B/122-123.

Interview in 2 parts: 8SUF/B/132a and 8SUF/B/132b.

Interview summary:
Ray Strachey's role in her childhood. Mrs Wentzel's mother's attitude to Ray and Pippa Strachey, and divergence from their views on girls' education. How Ray stepped in at two crises in her life. What Ray's Marsham Street home was like. How Ray dressed. Her skill at practical things. How Ray helped Mrs W in her career, with encouragement and moral support. How Pippa Strachey seemed at first sight formidable. The Strachey Pauses. Pippa as raconteuse. How she spoke. Her capacity to mix with people of all social classes. Her lack of interest in food. Her unconcern with personal comforts. Complementary personalities of Pippa and Ray Strachey. How Pippa coped with extreme old age. The humanity of the Stracheys.
Related Record8SUF/B/122-123
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 47
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