Letter from Hugh MacDiarmid to Dr. Mary Ringsleben, 30 August 1958
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MacDiarmid apologises for having 'retained your thesis so long'. He refers to having seen Dr. David Murison (deputy editor of the Scottish National Dictionary) in Edinburgh and that he had 'just missed you'. He describes the Ringsleben thesis as 'an excellent one and certainly the best thing written on Douglas by far'. He goes on to say that he is 'not going to make any little critical observations' apart from 'wishing to see it expanded and published'. Because it is 'on the short side for a book', he hopes she 'may decide to expand it'. MacDiarmid agrees 'in toto with all the main substance' of the study, and hopes that other subjects in Scots literature may attract her attention.
- fl. 1956-1968
- Ringsleben, Mary R. E., Dr., fl. 1954-1968 (Edinburgh University graduate; signatory of the Committee of 100) (Person)
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In another realm entirely, Mary Ringsleben would become an original signatory of the Committee of 100, which was founded on the initiative of Ralph Schoenman and Bertrand Russell in October 1960. This Committee called for a mass movement of civil disobedience against British government policy on nuclear weapons. Its members saw a need for more radical methods than those used by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, especially following the defeat of the Labour Party in the 1959 general election.
Based in Leeds, Ringsleben was an organiser of the Northern Direct Action Committee.
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- Letter from Hugh MacDiarmid to Dr. Mary R. E. Ringsleben, 20 August 1958
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