“The tantalisingly brief, strongly personal recollections of a fascinating bunch of contributors tell us far more than any biography.”
Lynda Lee-Potter, Daily Mail
“The high standard of literacy is what makes it an enthralling book…. To read this book is to get to know a wonderful human being.”
Cyril Connolly, The Sunday Times (London)
In the words of its editor, “This book is not intended to provide an assessment of Virginia Woolf’s work. A great deal has already been written about her novels and critical essays. It is concerned essentially with Virginia Woolf herself: about whom little has been said in print. It has been written by people who knew her either intimately as relations and friends, or who met her from time to time over a period of years and were acquaintances. Whatever the relationship, their knowledge of her is of course first hand; it extends over the greater part of her adult life, and is set down in these pages mostly in the form of reminiscences, impressions and anecdotes.”
The contributors include T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bowe, E. M. Forster, Rebecca West, Christopher Isherwood, Stephen Spender, and Vita Sackville-West. The cumulative effect of this splendid collection is to display the complexities of one of this century's greatest writers, an alternately witty, jealous, teasing, warm, malicious, generous woman, who finally took her own life in 1941.
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Based extensively on their writings and letters to each other, this chronicle of Elizabeth Barrett's and Robert Browning's life together stands in bold relief against the backdrop of their Victorian world. Their passionate partnership overcame any number of obstacles — Elizabeth's role in her father's family; her illness; her Creole background; Robert's tentative career — to culminate in a marriage of mutual devotion.
The Cleveland area is rightly famed for its Emerald Necklace, an almost continuous corridor of parklands, largely assembled during the first half of the twentieth century, that encircles the central city. Less appreciated is the recent revitalization of the parks-building movement that has taken place in northeastern Ohio.
Recollections of Anaïs Nin presents Nin through the eyes of twenty-six people who knew her. She is the unconventional, distant aunt; the thoughtful friend; the owner of a strangely disarming voice; the author eager for attention yet hypersensitive to criticism; the generous advisor to a literary magazine; the adulteress; the beautiful septuagenarian; the recommender of books—the contributors elaborate on thses and many other perceptions of Nin.