These Ruins Are Inhabited Muriel Beadle

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These Ruins Are Inhabited  by  Muriel Beadle

These Ruins Are Inhabited by Muriel Beadle
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PRE-ISBN.LC Cat Card No. 61-8874.From the front-inside dustjacket:“In 1958, George W. Beadle, then professor of genetics at Caltech, was a visiting professor at Oxford University. While there, it was announced that he had won a Nobel prize.

TheMorePRE-ISBN.LC Cat Card No. 61-8874.From the front-inside dustjacket:“In 1958, George W. Beadle, then professor of genetics at Caltech, was a visiting professor at Oxford University. While there, it was announced that he had won a Nobel prize. The events of that year gave him and his wife, Muriel, a chance to know England, not as tourists but more as the English know it. It also gave them the chance to visit Europe’s “ruins”. Being a writer by nature and profession, Muriel Beadle set down the family’s many experiences and impressions onto this delightful guidebook.

It is both anecdotal and autobiographical. It illuminates, with good sense and great good humor, the English character – within an American frame of reference. …”Expecting an Olympus, the Beadles were a bit shocked to find that Oxford was no sleepy university town, but often resembled mid-town Manhattan at high noon. They were faced with mundane problems of stoves and heaters, electrical outlets, and library research. (Dr Beadle once wrote to California for material, convinced that it was faster than searching through a library near at hand.) As for Mrs Beadle, she found no pot holders in all of England, but she did find familiar friends as Heinz, Lux, Birds Eye, and Betty Crocker – known in England as Mary Baker.These Ruins Are Inhabited is sheer enjoyment.

It also offers a discerning commentary on English and American education, both at the university level and at secondary schools like the one the Beadles’ fifteen-year old son attended. (He came home, of course, saying “jolly good” and with a taste for cricket.)Inevitably this is something of a travel book, as the Beadles explored much of England, took a fairy-tale trip to Stockholm where Dr Beadle claimed his Nobel prize, and toured France and Italy, (Mrs Beadle was rewarded with a frosted cup-cake for her appreciation of Florence.)The Beadles found that the ruins were indeed, inhabited, and so is this book – with several of the nicest people you’ve ever met.



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