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Madeleine DringLady Composer$
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Wanda Brister and Jay Rosenblatt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979312

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979312.001.0001

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The Lady Composer in Her Own Words

The Lady Composer in Her Own Words

Diaries (1935–43)

Chapter:
Interlude The Lady Composer in Her Own Words
Source:
Madeleine Dring
Author(s):

Wanda Brister

Jay Rosenblatt

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781949979312.003.0004

The most important primary source for the earlier part of Dring’s life is her notebooks, which she used as diaries. Within these fourteen books, she committed her thoughts on music, art, and contemporary films and plays. Other aspects of her life include her appearance and well-being, her horrific experiences at the dentist, the details of her struggles at La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls School, and her close friendship with Pamela Larkin. These diaries also record her impressions of current events, including the burning of the Crystal Palace, the abdication of King Edward VIII and the succession of his brother, George VI, and the sinking of the Arandora Star. Finally, Dring describes in vivid detail life in London during the “The Blitz,” and the chapter concludes with the death of her brother, a casualty of the war.

Keywords:   The Blitz, Crystal Palace, Dentist, Edward VIII, George VI, La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls School, Matric, RCM, Royal College of Music, World War II

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