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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleHalpern, Mrs Barbara
Ref No8SUF/B/186
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 37
Date18 Aug 1979
Extent158:04 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 15 Richmond Road, Oxford.

Interview summary:
Reason for her mother (Ray Strachey, see tape 42) being so fond of 'Mud'. How it was built. What it was like to live in. How the Stracheys behave when staying there. Its attractions for children. Her need for physical work. Her zest for picking wild fruit. Her attitude to 'equal women'. Ray's relations with her mother (Mrs Mary Berenson). The Strachey family's attitude to the Berenson ménage at I Tatti. Mary Berenson's attitude to Roger, Mrs Halpern's son. Her attitude to household tasks. Mrs Glazier's management of the running of 'Mud'. Her desire (like all Stracheys) to escape from bores. The complex motives lying behind her personal self-control, and her consequent attitudes to emotion. How she brought up her children. Ray's attitude to Mrs H's first marriage. Her impact on her son Christopher. Mary Berenson's intrusiveness. Oliver Strachey (Ray's husband): his interests, attitudes to his children, married life with Ray, old age. Mrs H's last view of her mother. Ray's lack of interest in clothes. Her practical outlook on affairs. Her affection for Dorothy Bussy. Her relations with other women, especially Pippa Strachey. Pippa's skill at bringing people out. Ray's relations with Karin, her sister. Her children's attitudes to Ray's feminist activity. Her exercise of political skills within her family. What she would have done if she'd lived longer.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 72
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