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Paul McCartney’s School Book, Marked By His English Teacher, Up For Auction

The book contains essays written by the Beatles icon on such works as ‘The Return of The Native’ and ‘Paradise Lost’

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One of Sir Paul McCartney‘s old school books, which contains notes and grades written in by his English literature teacher, will be sold at auction next week.

Omega Auctions in Merseyside will conduct the sale at 11AM on Tuesday, 26 March, as part of their ‘The Beatles Collection: Memorabilia & Vinyl Records’ auction, with the auction house estimating that this lot in particular will reach a final price of between £4,000 and £6,000 – although estimates of £10,000 have also been quoted.

The green book contains English essays, notes and doodles written by the legendary Beatle when he was 17-18 years old and studying at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. McCartney’s essays on such classic literary works as Thomas Hardy’s The Return Of The Native and John Milton’s Paradise Lost are included in the text book.

Paul McCartney School Book Auction

Detail of Paul McCartney’s old school book (Omega Auctions website)

According to the Omega Auctions site, there are also “4 pages of notes on essays at the back along with notes and a doodle of a man smoking on the reverse. All 5 essays in the book have been marked (some with comments) by Mr Durband with Paul receiving a mixed collection of very respectable B’s from B++ to B-. The green book measures 6.5″ x 8″ and has the school logo on the front cover along with the writing “JPMCARTNEY ESQ. 6AM2 ENGLISH LITERATURE”.

All of McCartney’s essays are marked in the book by his teacher Alan “Dusty” Durband, who taught the musician English literature between 1959-60. Durband’s notes and grades can be seen in the book, with the teacher at one point telling his student: “I’d answer the question first before challenging its truth.”

Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn’s book The Beatles – All These Years: Volume One: Tune In quotes McCartney’s fond reflection on that period of his education. “I did most of my reading in (that) little period of my life… I thought it was a bit swotty, a good image…  I felt like I was at university.”

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Format: UK English
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  1. Iliana Rigacci

    March 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm


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