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The Resource Dear Mr Bigelow : a transatlantic friendship, Frances Woodsford

Dear Mr Bigelow : a transatlantic friendship, Frances Woodsford

Label
Dear Mr Bigelow : a transatlantic friendship
Title
Dear Mr Bigelow
Title remainder
a transatlantic friendship
Statement of responsibility
Frances Woodsford
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Dear Mr Bigelow is an enchanting selection of weekly 'pen-pal' letters written between 1949 and 1961 from an unmarried woman working at the Pier Approach Baths in Bournemouth, to a wealthy American widower, living on Long Island, New York. Frances Woodsford and Commodore Paul Bigelow never met, and there was no romance - she was in her forties when he died aged ninety-seven - yet their epistolary friendship was her lifeline. The 'Saturday Specials' as Frances dubbed them, are brilliantly-packed missives, sparked with comic genius, from post-war England. We follow her travails at the Baths (and her ghastly boss Mr Bond); the hilarious weekly Civil Defence classes as the Cold War advances; her attempts to shake off Dr Russell, an unwanted suitor; life at home with Mother, and Mac, her charming ne'er-do-well brother; and escapades in their jointly-owned car, a 1934 Ford 8 called Hesperus. Most importantly, we get to know Frances - and her deep affection for Mr Bigelow. She started to write to him as a way of thanking his daughter for the clothes and food parcels she sent. But what had begun as a good turn offered Frances the chance to escape a trying job, and to expound with elegance, wit and verve on topical subjects from home and abroad, bringing us a beady commentary on her life and times that leaps vividly from the page. Her letters to Mr Bigelow during his final illness are a tender and moving farewell, a touching conclusion to a unique record."--Publisher's description
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
UKM
Dewey number
941.085092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
DA591.W66
LC item number
A4 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Dear Mr Bigelow : a transatlantic friendship, Frances Woodsford
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 382 p.
Isbn
9780701184803
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn426118741
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn606877691
Label
Dear Mr Bigelow : a transatlantic friendship, Frances Woodsford
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 382 p.
Isbn
9780701184803
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn426118741
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn606877691

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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