House History #2: George Sutherland Fraser and Eileen “Paddy” Fraser

fraser1G S Fraser, standing, and Paddy, seated, pictured in London in the late 1940s.

George Sutherland Fraser (1915-1980) was a poet, critic and academic who lived in this house from 1958 until his death in 1980. He was a Reader in Poetry at the University of Leicester. His widow Eileen “Paddy” Fraser (1918-2013) continued to reside here for 33 more years until her death. It was the Fraser family from whom we purchased the house in September 2013.

G S Fraser’s Wikipedia entry is here. His Oxford Dictionary of National Biography listing is here.

Paddy’s obituary from The Guardian, written by her daughter Helen is here.

Paddy Fraser’s memoir of her husband can be read here.

A rather uncanny virtual movie of G S Fraser reading his poem “Lean Street”:

And finally here are some excerpts from Richard Hoggart’s autobiography “A Measured Life” mentioning the Frasers and the house:

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Of G S Fraser’s writing of his book on Ezra Pound:

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On Fraser’s death:Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 14.12.57 Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 14.13.36 Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 14.13.48

When we bought the house, we received a card from Helen Fraser expressing how happy the family was that the house was once again going to have an association with the University.

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10 thoughts on “House History #2: George Sutherland Fraser and Eileen “Paddy” Fraser

  1. Lean Street – yes, right enough I have read that before. Not exactly cheery – but certainly effective. Don’t much care for the video though! What an extraordinary accent he had. A Scot trying desperately to be a posh Englishman.

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