The Anglo-Texan Society 1953-1979:
A Cross-Cultural Alliance
MARY CAROLYN HOLLERS GEORGE*
A S THE EDINBURGH EXPRESS TO LONDON CAREENED THROUGH THE
rolling countryside of Northumberland, Durham, and Yorkshire,
one of England's most distinguished novelists was treating himself to
multiple post-luncheon Black Velvets-a semi-lethal potation of
Guinness and champagne guaranteed to mitigate the slight headache he
was carrying as a reminder of the previous evening.'
Graham Greene found himself thinking of the two lovely young
women he and his companion, film producer John Sutro, had taken to
the theatre the evening before. Miss Crosby and Miss Alexander. He
did not even know their first names-these, as well as additional infor-
mation about them have been lost to posterity-but he did know they
were from Texas.
Greene and Sutro had been in Edinburgh to watch their friend
Trevor Howard in the out-of-town tryout of Carl Zuckmayer's play, The
Devil's General, which would open at London's Savoy Theatre the follow-
ing month. The two men had repaired to the bar at the Caledonian
Hotel for a bit of a bracer before taking on such somber fare, and it was
there that they had met the two women. It can be surmised that the
Misses Crosby and Alexander were bright, well informed, and, although
* Mary Carolyn Hollers George graduated from Mary Baldwin College and the University of
Texas at Austin. She taught art history at San Antonio College for twenty-five years. Her most
recent book is O'Nel Ford: Architect (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1992). Ford's
boasting about his membership in the Anglo-Texan Society inspired the research that resulted in
this history of the organization. For their help, so patiently and generously given, the author
wishes to thank all those who contributed the information used to reconstruct this history, espe-
cially Kurth Sprague, whose editorial suggestions enlivened the narrative immeasurably.
Concerning the genesis of the Anglo-Texan Society, the sources are: Norman Sherry, The Lfe
of Graham Greene, 1904-1955 (2 vols.; New York: Viking Penguin, 1989-1995), I, 665-668; II,
457-460; and John Sutro, "Greene's Jests," Spectator, Sept. 29, 1984, 16-17. The Sutro article was
brought to the author's attention by Hugh Saye. In addition, H. S. Guinness, The Guinness Family
(London: Privately printed, c. 1975). Copies of relevant pages were sent to the author by
Guinness's daughter and granddaughter, Marit Guinness Aschan and Juhet Marit Brooks, but as
the book was subsequently misplaced, specific page numbers are presently unavailable.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117155/. Accessed February 11, 2016.