Shirley Robin Letwin
Shirley Robin was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her family were Jewish immigrants from Kiev. She graduated from the University of Chicago, where she was taught by Friedrich Hayek, and did graduate studies at the London School of Economics. She decided to move to England permanently in 1965.
She taught at LSE and at Peterhouse, a college of the University of Cambridge, in the 1970s, a time when the college was a haunt of radical conservative thinkers focused loosely around Maurice Cowling. She wrote many books about conservatism, and one about Anthony Trollope.
She met Margaret Thatcher through her friend Keith Joseph, and started working for her. She also worked for the Centre for Policy Studies. She was also close to Michael Oakeshott and later became his literary executor. In 1987, she gave a lecture at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, Australia.
She was married to William Letwin. They had one son, Oliver Letwin. They lived in London, in a house overlooking Regent's Park. She was an avid tennis player, and once played with Milton Friedman despite the fact that it was snowing.
- The Gentleman in Trollope: individuality and moral conduct (1982)
- On the History of the Idea of Law
- The Pursuit of Certainty: David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and Beatrice Webb
- The Anatomy of Thatcherism (1992)
- Peregrine Worsthorne, Obituary: Shirley Robin Letwin, The Independent, June 22, 1993
- Kenneth Minogue, Shirley Robin Letwin, 1924-1993 Archived 2014-01-08 at the Wayback Machine, Policy, Spring 1993
- "Obituary: Professor William Letwin". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. 4 March 2013. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- Noel Annan, How Should a Gent Behave?, The New York Review of Books, February 03, 1983
- Melanie McDonagh, Letwin's parents are the key to his soul, The Daily Telegraph, February 20, 2004
- Michael White, Oliver Letwin: more at home in a senior common room than at a public meeting, The Guardian, December 07, 2012