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'The Red Earl'

Selina Hastings LONDON

Fri, February 15, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

John, Viscount Hastings (1901-1990), heir to an ancient earldom, was brought up as a hard-riding philistine, an unquestioning Tory expected to restore the family fortunes by marrying an heiress.  Instead he ran off with a glamorous Italian Communist, first to Australia and the South Seas, then toCalifornia.  There in 1931 he met Diego Rivera and became his assistant, accompanying him to Mexico, Chicago, and Detroit.  He eventually returned to England only to infuriate his parents further by leaving almost immediately for the Spanish Civil War.


Selina Hastings, daughter of the Red Earl, is a writer and journalist.  She is the author of four biographies, of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh, Rosamond Lehmann, and Somerset Maugham.  She has also written books for children, including a complete retelling of the Bible.  As well as the memoir about her father, she is working on a life of the novelist, Sybille Bedford. 

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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