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The Story of a Marriage
Volume I 1916–20
Bronislaw Malinowski is known internationally as one of the founders of social
anthropology, as the creator of modern fieldwork, as a great writer and an
inspiring teacher. Until now little has been known about his personal life and
thoughts. This book reveals for the first time his marriage and domestic life,
and clarifies his relationships with colleagues, with his students and with a
wide spectrum of friends. The letters in
The Story of a Marriage
were written
by Malinowski and his wife, Elsie Masson, from 1916 to her death in 1935.
They chronicle their meeting and their subsequent extraordinary marriage,
showing Malinowski in a new light, not just as a teacher and scholar, but as
husband, father and friend. His wife, so far largely unknown, is shown as a
humorous, courageous and talented woman.
Volume I
covers the letters written in Australia and New Guinea, from their first
meeting in 1916 to the beginning of 1920 when they leave for Europe. It starts with
a retrospective diary letter from Elsie to Bronislaw recording their first meeting
and eventual falling in love. Malinowski’s letters describe his third and final field
trip in New Guinea, the Trobriand Islands, 1917–18. He then returns to Australia
where they marry and spend a year before moving to Europe in 1920.
Volume II
begins with their arrival in England in April 1920 and details their lives
together as he achieves success and international fame, until her death in 1935.
The Malinowskis lived in half-a-dozen countries and visited many more,
and the letters record their wandering life. They bring in leading figures such
as Sir James Frazer, and Malinowski’s students, many of whom went on to
become famous anthropologists themselves. There are also fascinating glimpses
of attitudes and day-to-day life in the twenties and thirties, including the rise of
Nazism and Fascism. The letters will be of immense interest to students and
teachers of anthropology, history and cultural studies; they will also have a
strong appeal for the general reader.
Helena Wayne
was born in the South Tirol, northern Italy, the youngest of the
three daughters of Bronislaw Malinowski and Elsie Masson. She has researched at
length in her father’s papers and has interviewed relations, friends and former
students, building up a unique body of knowledge about her parents. She has been
a reporter for
magazine, book editor, and television producer for the BBC.
Elsie Rosaline Masson, 1890–1935
The Story of a Marriage
The Letters of Bronislaw Malinowski
and Elsie Masson. Volume I 1916–20
Edited by
Helena Wayne
London and New York
First published 1995
by Routledge
11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE
This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2002.
Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada
by Routledge
29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001
© 1995 Helena Wayne
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced
or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means,
now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording,
or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in
writing from the publishers.
British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
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ISBN 0-415-11758-5 (hbk)
ISBN 0-415-12076-4 (pbk)
ISBN 0-203-07616-8 Master e-book ISBN
ISBN 0-203-21738-1 (Glassbook Format)
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