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LOST! TWO RELATIONSHIPS AND A LIBRARY was: Ransome's library online

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Posted by John Richardson on July 03, 2024 at 00:25:23 user Cantabrigian.

In Reply to: Ransome's library online posted by Catherine Lamont on May 03, 2024 at 01:13:03:

Absolutely fascinating - and I've only skimmed the catalogue so far.

It makes it clear in the first paragraph that this is AR's 'second' library, and reminds us his 'first' library was lost to him ultimately as a result of his divorce from his first wife, Ivy Walker.

The passages describing how Arthur reacted when Tabitha, his only child, in fairly dire financial straits and struggling to raise his grandchild, offered to sell her father back his 'first' library...

...are some of the saddest in Hugh Brogan's biography.

In one simple step, AR could have helped Tabitha, recovered his library and made a big step towards re-establishing the relationship with his daughter, and through that his infant grandchild.

Instead he appears to have lost library, daughter and grandchild - whom he appears to have set eyes on only the once.

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