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A Life of H.L.A. HartThe Nightmare and the Noble Dream$
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Nicola Lacey

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199202775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202775.001.0001

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Jenifer

Jenifer

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(p.61) Chapter 4 Jenifer
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A Life of H.L.A. Hart
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Nicola Lacey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202775.003.0005

This chapter focuses on H. L. A. Hart's wife, Jenifer Williams. Jenifer came from an educated, moneyed upper-middle-class background. She was the daughter of Sir John Fischer Williams and Eleanor Marjorie Hay Murray, his second wife. Sir John was a well-known international lawyer and the author of a number of books on the development of the League of Nations, of which he was a strong and influential supporter. Jenifer and her three sisters had travelled widely with their parents, spending time not only in London, Oxford, and at Lamledra, but also living and being educated for much of her childhood in Paris. On going to university in 1932, she became involved in the Women's University Settlement Movement, devoting some free time to working with the poor. Her reading and conversations during her student years gradually moved her politics leftwards, and the summer of her graduation saw her working at a camp for the unemployed organized by the National Unemployed Workers Movement. Though she was initially unaware of it, the camp was run largely by members of the Communist Party.

Keywords:   Oxford, Jenifer Williams, wife, Communist Party

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