The Bernard and Barbara Wall Papers: Part 2 contain correspondence and manuscripts of Bernard and Barbara Wall, two English Catholic intellectuals who had contact with the Pigotts Circle. Correspondents of the Walls include Tom Burns, Graham Greene, Vivien Greene, Harman Grisewood, Rene Hague, and Michael Richey. A manuscript by Bernard Wall entitled, "Aspects of Italian Civilisation" and manuscripts by Barbara Wall, such as her wartime diary dated 1940, her memoir of Rene Hague, and a draft version of her "Widows and Widowers," highlight the collection. In addition, an English translation of a 1915-1916 journal by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is retained. The Bernard and Barbara Wall Papers comprise 1 linear foot of materials, and they are arranged in two archival boxes.
Series 1: Correspondence. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series 2: Manuscripts. Arranged alphabetically. Series 3: Printed Materials and Photographs.
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English Catholic intellectual Bernard Wall (1908-1974) was born on December 16, 1908. Educated at Stonyhurst in England and Fribourg University in Switzerland, he became involved with the Catholic Worker movement. Wall met and married Barbara Lucas, with whom he founded the "Catholic Worker" newspaper. Bernard Wall wrote widely on a number of Catholic philosophic and religious topics. In 1934, Wall established a review, "Colosseum," which did not survive World War II. After the war, he started another review, "The Changing World," which lasted until 1949. Bernard Wall authored many books, including "Spain of the Spaniards" (1937), "European Notebook" (1939), "These Changing Years" (1947), "Italy: Life and Landscape" (1950), "Alessandro Manzoni" (1954), "A City and a World" (1962), and an autobiography "Headlong Into Change" (1969). Bernard Wall died on May 2, 1974.
[Sources: "Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches." Ed. Matthew Hoehn, O.S.B., B.L.S. Newark, N.J.: St. Mary's Abbey, 1952. Also, "The Author's and Writer's Who's Who." Darien, CT: Hafner, 1971.]
English Catholic intellectual Barbara Wall, born Barbara Lucas, was born in 1911. Her grandparents were Wilfrid and Alice Meynell. She is also a niece of "Punch" editor E.V. Lucas. After attending St. Paul's Girls School in London, she became involved with the Catholic Worker movement in that same city. She met and married Bernard Wall, with whom she created the "Catholic Worker" newspaper. Barbara Wall maintained her maiden name as her pen name. She published the novels "Stars Were Born" (1934), "The Trembling of the Sea" (1936), and "Anna Collett" (1946). She also authored the essay "And Was Crucified" and many "Catholic Worker" pamphlets. Moreover, she has translated some works from their original French. In addition, Barbara Wall wrote a noteworthy memoir of Rene Hague.
[Source: "Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches." Ed. Matthew Hoehn, O.S.B., B.L.S. Newark, N.J.: St. Mary's Abbey, 1952.]
1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository