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The General's Stories, 1925-08 - 1970

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 8/45

Scope and Contents

Texts of stories, some included in "The Picnic Basket" and many relating to the First World War: "A Dream"; "Prayer"; "With de Gaulle from Bordeaux to Dakar"; "La Fete a Jean le Bon" on the Battle of Poitiers; "Nery"; "A Perfect Thing Apart"; an account of 1st Lord Bertie of Thame, British Ambassador to France, in 1917-18; "The Marquis de Castellane"; "This is the story of a little watch", on General Henri Gouraud in 1918; a portrait of Raymond Poincaré; "Panic"; a story on 1st Duke of Marlborough; "On a paper written by Mary Borden" on a meeting between MS and Albert Einstein; "This is the story of how I became a Member of Parliament"; "At the beginning of the last war", a portrait of General [René] Edgard de Larminat; "The Mouse"; a study on religion; the story of Boris Savinkov; "The End of Spears" on the work of MS’s Ambulance Unit in North Africa; "Forain and Misia Sert" on the political cartoonist Jean-Louis Forain; "The invisible man"; "This story is a pendant to my book, ‘The Fall of France’" on tracing the pilot who brought de Gaulle and ELS from Bordeaux to Britain in 1940; "1st Story for the Peti", draft stories from ELS’s childhood written for his son Michael Spears; "Ibn Saud"; "One of the nicest men"; extract from "Gaidic".

Also includes correspondence with John Terraine on a possible biography of ELS and correspondence with friends and publishers including Cass Canfield, Senior Editor, Harper and Row (2) and Alan Hodge, Editor of History Today, on ELS’s short stories, with press cuttings on the suicide of General [René] Edgard de Larminat.


  • Creation: 1925-08 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


3 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

SPRS 2/25, Acc 545 Box 32

Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1962-70.

Finding aid date

2007-01-24 15:29:25.390000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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