Irishwomen, Friends and Scholars
Acknowledgements This biography evolved unexpectedly from other projects connected with Helen Waddell on which I have been working for some time. During pro- longed research, begun while I taught in the School of English, Queen’s University, Belfast, and continued while I have been Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, California, I have incurred boundless debts of gratitude. The book would not exist but for the generosity and assistance of Louise Anson, Richard Clarke, the late Mollie Martin, Queen’s University, Belfast, Somerville College, University of Oxford and Stanbrook Abbey (formerly at Callow End, Worcester). Each has given me free access to the papers of Helen Waddell and Maude Clarke; each has graciously responded to requests to copy one more document or to answer one more question; each has supported and encouraged me every step of the way. By granting me far-reaching permission to quote, Helen Waddell’s copyright holder, her great-great-niece, Louise Anson, has allowed Helen’s voice to come alive in the following pages; Maude Clarke’s nephew, Richard Clarke, and her copyright holder, Somerville College, University of Oxford, have performed the same service for Maude. Their friendship, assistance and hospitality have transformed work into joy. Anne Manuel, Somerville’s Librarian and Archivist, has promptly, generously and with great patience provided me with endless documents and information; her predecessor, Pauline Adams, set the initial ball rolling by permitting me to delve among the Clarke papers. I acknowledge the further kindness of Somerville College, University of Oxford, in allowing...
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