Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS126/5
TitlePapers of Oleg Kerensky, ballet critic
Extent3 boxes
DescriptionThese papers mainly relate to Oleg Kerensky's career as an arts journalist and broadcaster, including draft articles and transcripts of radio broadcasts as well as a series of scrapbooks compiled by Kerensky containing cuttings of reviews of ballet, opera, musical and theatre productions as well as book and television programme reviews which he wrote for various British, American and German newspapers and magazines. He had a regular column in some of these publications, but made freelance contributions to others. He also published books on ballet and drama, copies of which are included in his papers. The papers also include a typescript draft autobiography which gives details about his personal and professional life.
ArrangementArranged in four series, comprising copies of published reviews, copies of published works, drafts of published works and transcripts of radio broadcasts.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryOleg Kerensky was the son of Oleg Kerensky (1905-1984), civil engineer, and Nathalie Bely, and was born on 9 January 1930 in London. He was educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford, and afterwards worked at the BBC for fifteen years. His first job with the corporation was as a sub-editor in the Foreign Services News Department in 1953, and he later worked in the Diplomatic Unit. He began broadcasting ballet reviews on the Today programme, and while working at the BBC he also began to write ballet reviews for the 'Daily Mail'. After ten years at the BBC he became deputy editor of 'The Listener', where he stayed for five years. He was ballet critic of the 'Daily Mail' (1957-1971), the 'New Statesman' (1968-1978) and the 'International Herald Tribune' (1971-1978) but also worked as a freelance journalist and broadcaster, specialising in the arts. He was critic of the weekly magazine 'Forward', writing under the name of Anthony London, and he also contributed drama and ballet reviews to 'The Times', 'The Guardian', 'Plays and Players', and 'The Stage', as well as to BBC radio programmes like 'Kaleidoscope' and 'Critic's Forum'. He began to spend more time in New York in the 1970s and moved there in 1978, writing for 'American Stage', 'Music & Musicians', and continuing to write reviews for 'The Stage', 'Gay News', and other British music magazines. He lectured on modern British drama at Hofstra University, New York, and on criticism and the arts at Fairfield University, Connecticut. He was the author of 'Ballet Scene', published in 1970, 'Anna Pavlova', a biography, published in 1973, 'The New British Drama', published in 1977, and 'The Guinness Guide to Ballet', published in 1981.
He died on 9 July 1993 in New York.


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