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Ralph De Boissiere interviewed by Hugh Anderson [sound recording]
Bib ID 2248854
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
De Boissiere, Ralph, 1907-2008, interviewer
 
Access Conditions Written permission required for research, personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1992 Mar 
12 sound tape reels (ca. 6 hr. 44 min.) ; 7 in. 
Summary

De Boissiere speaks of the early history of Trinidad; his family background; his early memories; his relatives; starting school; the Horsfords; his musical education; Queen's Royal College; news of World War I; tram rides; racial prejudice; his cousin's musical career; his early writing; trips to Grenada; his first job; Alfie Mendes; poetry in Trinidad; "The Beacon"; English and Russian writers; getting married; strike in Fyzabad; his wife's work for Americans; Rum and Coca Cola; being unemployed; first experiences in America; migrating to Australia; development of his political ideas in the 1930s; the treatment of medical problems in Trinidad; his wife's arrival from Trinidad; combining work and writing; Fellowship of Australian Writers; reaction to "Crown Jewel"; realist writers' meetings; becoming Australian citizens; "Calypso Isle"; delegation to China, 1957; Soviet literature; letter from Boris Vasiliyev; socialism and "No Saddles for Kangaroos".

De Boissiere then talks about his relationship with Party people; search for a publisher; trip to Germany; "Homeless in Paradise"; film script writing; Australian Writers' Guild; his future as a writer; West Indian literature; his autobiography; his Catholic education; Shango dance; religion in Trinidad; Lukacs; trip to Russia; Australian and American literature.

Notes

Recorded on 24-26 March 1992.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 177 leaves) available. 
Subjects De Boissiere, Ralph, 1907-2008 -- Interviews.  |  Authors, Australian -- Interviews.
Occupation Authors.
Other authors/contributors Anderson, Hugh, 1927-2017, interviewer

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