Donald Maclean

Standard Name: Maclean, Donald


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Cultural formation Marina Warner
In England, MW had a comfortable middle-class upbringing. Her godfather was crime reformer Lord Longford (father of historian and novelist Antonia Fraser ). A writer, Violet Trefusis , was her godmother and another novelist, Lawrence Durrell
politics Rosamond Lehmann
RL and her brother were hounded by members of the press for information about Communist agent Guy Burgess (who with Donald Maclean had defected from the British Foreign Office to Russia).
Lehmann, John. In My Own Time. Little, Brown.
Publishing Rebecca West
Over the next two decades RW published several revised and updated versions of this work. In 1956 Pan Books (London) published a new edition of The Meaning of Treason in which West eliminated some discussion...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Lesley Storm
This play effectively portrays the aftermath in Britain of the defection of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean , who fled to the Soviet Union on 25 May 1951 after years of spying for Communist Russia...


25 May 1951: Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, friends from...

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25 May 1951

Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean , friends from their Cambridge days, who had been spying for the Soviet Union from positions of some influence within the British establishment, fled to Russia.

13 February 1956: Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, English spies...

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13 February 1956

Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean , English spies who had fled on 25 May 1951 to the Soviet Union (whose undercover agents they had been), gave a press conference which riveted British attention on the...

January 1963: Kim Philby, perhaps the cleverest of the...

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January 1963

Kim Philby , perhaps the cleverest of the group of Britons who had been spying for Soviet Russia for years, was confronted with his guilt and offered immunity in exchange for a full confession. Instead...

15 November 1979: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher revealed...

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15 November 1979

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher revealed that Sir Anthony Blunt , distinguished art historian and Master of the Queen's Pictures, had spied for Soviet Russia.


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