The score against Alan in Oxford gradually mounted. McFarlane was not the only don to disapprove of his journalism and television appearances, not to mention his wives. Nor was Alan the only one to be criticised. Not long after the War Noel Annan, for example, was told that he could never be taken seriously in Cambridge if he wrote for the New Statesman. No doubt there was an element of jealousy. One don who had criticised Alan was asked to appear on television for the first time. The invitation specified the fee. “Thank you very much for your kind invitation, which I am delighted to accept,” replied the don: “I enclose a cheque for £35.”

Adam Sisman, “A.J.P. Taylor: A Biography”.

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