The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0547 Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Date: December 3, 2013 at 10:08:40 PM EST
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: Anne Barton
Many readers in SHAKSPER no doubt have consoling memories of Anne Barton, both her writing and her conversation.
One of mine is about the most enjoyable experience I ever had of being dis-invited to dinner. On a sunny morning, Judy and I were walking along West Road in Cambridge, on our way to the English Faculty Library. A large black car [much like that in Jules and Jim] stopped near the curb and out leapt Anne in her long black dress, leaving in the car two then-young men—Peter Holland and John Kerrigan—sitting stiffly. Anne “dashed” over, said that “Things have become fraught” so she had to cancel dinner at Trinity that night.