Dead Socialist Watch, #136

G. D. H. Cole, Fabian and Guild Socialist, born 1889, died 15 January 1959.

Anyone know whether his detective fiction was any good or not?

The best GDHC anecdote’s a posthumous one. This, from Alan Bennett’s diary, published in Writing Home:

7 December [1984]. To a party at the Department of the History of Medicine at Univeristy College. I talk to Alan Tyson, who’s like a figure out of the eighteenth century: a genial, snuff-taking, snuff-coloured, easy-going aristocrat – Fox, perhaps, or one of the Bourbons. He is a fellow of All Souls, and when Mrs Thatcher came to the college for a scientific symposium Tyson was deputed to take her round the Common Room. This is hung with portraits and photographs of dead fellows, including some of the economist G.D.H. Cole. Tyson planned to take Mrs Thatcher up to it saying, “And this, Prime Minister, is a former fellow, G.D.H. Dole.” Whereupon, with luck, Mrs Thatcher would have had to say, “Cole, not Dole.” In the event he did take her round but lost his nerve.

(Cut-and-pasted from over here)

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