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Hubert Michael Close: diaries

Reference Code: GBR/0012/Ms Add.7991

Scope and Contents

Diary entries include details of Close's friendships; his opinions of fellow pupils and undergraduates, and of schoolmasters and dons; accounts of cricket and rugger matches in which he took part; his activities with the OTC; the development of his Anglo-Catholicism; the books that he read; the concerts that he attended; the plays and films that he watched; and his holiday travels. Also includes brief entries of his first year in India.


  • Creation: 1931 - 1938

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Biographical / Historical

Michael Close was born at Golders Green in north London on 22 December 1914. He attended University College School, Hampstead, before going up to St. John’s College, Cambridge in 1933. Having taken a second class in part I of the historical tripos, he switched to English, and gained a first in part II (1936). Following two terms teaching at Repton he went out to India in September 1937, and taught English at Delhi for three years. He served as an officer in the Rajputana Rifles from 1940 to 1946 (MC 1945), and in 1947 joined the staff of Islamia College at Peshawar, the city in which he was to spend the remainder of his teaching career. After retirement from Islamia College in 1977 he taught at Edwardes College until 1996. He was also appointed Reader in English at the University of Peshawar in 1963. He made regular visits to England and travelled in Europe, but regarded Peshawar as his home. He was awarded an OBE in 1983, and died on 18 October 1999.


0.03 cubic metre(s) : 22 volumes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by H.M. Close to Cambridge University Library in 1975.

S.G. Roberts
July 2015
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