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Memorial for M.C. Bradbrook
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0804.  Tuesday, 17 October 1995.
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Oct 1995 10:09:23 -0100 (bst)
Subject:        Memorial for M.C. Bradbrook
 
I discovered recently from friends in Cambridge that M. C. Bradbrook had died
on June 11, 1993, and I would like to mention her appreciatively on this list,
since her death has not been noticed here before.
 
I knew her slightly in the last eight years of her life, after she retired.
(She died at age 84.)  She was still remarkably sharp and somewhat crusty in
those days, but I had occasion to verify her reputation for unfailing kindness,
for she was generous to me in many ways, as I know she was to countless others.
 
Her record of publications is remarkable, from *Elizabethan Stage Conditions*
(1932), *Themes and Conventions of Elizabethan Tragedy* (1935), and *The School
of Night* (1936) to *The Rise of the Common Player* (1962) and *The Living
Monument* (1976).  She also published books on Marvell, Conrad, and Ibsen, in
addition to a history of Girton College, *That Infidel Place*.  Girton was the
first college for women at Cambridge and an institution with which Muriel
Bradbrook was closely related for over 50 years. She was herself the first
woman appointed to the English faculty at Cambridge with professorial rank.
 
From 1941 to 1945 she supported the war effort by working for the Board of
Trade and did her part in helping to spot enemy aircraft on the east coast.
Muriel told me once that when a young woman under her charge refused to wear
trousers, Muriel sent her up a coastal watch tower during a high wind.  She
soon climbed down to don the required gear.
 
M. C. Bradbrook worked from time to time at the Huntington and the Folger
Libraries and had visiting appointments at Kenyon College and UC Santa Cruz, as
well at universities in Kuwait, Japan, and South Africa.  She was indeed, as a
friend described her to me, "a formidable Shakespearean."
 
John Cox
Hope College (visiting in Cambridge, 1995-96)
 

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