Costello had certainly known other, famous, communists while at Cambridge, such as John Cornford and James Klugmann.
Maclaurin was killed fighting in defence of Madrid and John Cornford, who was friendly with Bil, died a few weeks later.
Journey to the Frontier treated Bell and John Cornford
, emblematic figures of the 1930s who died in Spain.
Yes, Spain was indeed a magnet for idealists - miners from Wales and the poet John Cornford
, factory workers and clerks, and Giles and Esmond Romilly, Winston Churchill's nephews.
(3) Martin notes that in 1945, on her return to Australia, for a talk on poetry Palmer chose the work of Louis Aragon, John Cornford
and John Manifold.
If I had been there I might have met my hero, John Cornford
, whose "Great Life" I celebrate tomorrow at 4.30pm (repeated on Friday night) on BBC Radio 4 in the company of Mathew Parris and former Dundee University Professor Stan Smith.
The opener carried his bat for 102noand John Cornford
weighed in with 97 as the Morda-Roadmen posted an impressive 256-2 from 50 overs.
As a Yale undergraduate in the early 1950s, he began to study history seriously, writing papers on John Cornford
and Julian Bell, two of the literary jeunesse doree who participated and died in the Spanish Civil War, and two who survived their Spanish forays, Stephen Spender and George Orwell.
Yet, the Spanish Civil War was like no other war before or since, for it attracted intellectuals in such numbers that the names read like a Who's Who of the established and up-and-coming writers of the 1930s: Andre Malraux, Gustav Regler, Ludwig Renn, John Cornford
, Louis Fischer, Christopher Caudwell, Arthur Koestler.
For example, John Cornford
, in his "Left?" essay, identifies the "collapse into subjectivity of Eliot, Joyce, or Pound" as a "denial of the class struggle" (123).
It is unlikely that such ardent socialists as Christopher Caudwell and John Cornford
would have changed their positions, had they survived.
A lasting influence on her politics and her poetry was the communist and Cambridge graduate, John Cornford
, whom she had heard speak in London in 1935.