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Tom Driberg, a man you should know about


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When I started going to dinner parties in London in the mid-1970s, Tom Driberg often came up in the conversation.  He was a gay, at times communist, socialist, journalist, Anglo-Catholic, Member of Parliament, and oh -- a famous cottager (and by that I don't mean someone living in a cottage). He sounded like such a fascinating, uniquely English character, that I read his autobiography; and later his biography. I think his life would make a great movie. Just to give you a feeling for him (if you don't know him), read this short piece by Christopher Hitchens. Here's one line from it:

 

"He was one of those modernists who could only have been formed by an observance of tradition: he needed an anchor as much as he wanted a sailor."

 

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v12/n09/christopher-hitchens/reader-he-married-her

 

Here's his Wikipedia entry:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Driberg

 

Hope you find him interesting -- I think you will!

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