Edith’s memoir Taken Care Of is more connectedly written than English Eccentrics, and very sad indeed. Rejected by her parents (“I was. “Eccentricity exists particularly in the English”, June 8, This review is from: English Eccentrics a Gallery of Weird (Paperback) A variable collection of. Poet, biographer and celebrated eccentric Sitwell’s gallery of historical English outliers: “Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of.
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Edith dressed in black velvet and bought rich upholstery material for her dresses — a favourite was one of ececntrics brocade embroidered with gold lions and unicorns. On page 93 we read: Welcome to VL, Ms.
The English Eccentrics by Edith Sitwell
Search Vulpes Libris Search for: Terri rated it really liked it Oct 02, The approach is poetic, oblique, and perhaps not to everyone’s taste – and if it were, would you be at all interested? There are local vents, through which disperse the peccant humours elsewhere infecting the body politic.
You still upbraid me to the stars, and I feel sure that you will not find me incompetent. This was a very nice reminder: One of these was a wealthy tanner named Jemmy Hirst. The last 60 pages or so I found less interesting: Death scenes were particularly popular and the Gifted Amateur was often obliged to perform encores in which he died again and again. Vulpes Libris wants to savelibraries! A very nice collection of real life stories about odd English people, complemented by Sitwell’s own highly sarcastic and witty commentary.
I learned about a great many things, an unknown number of them apocryphal, such as the octogenarian squire who tried to fly, bathed his owls, and affectionately adopted a sloth in South America; and the Countess of Desmond who died at falling from an apple tree. After a visit to a French spa he became addicted to bathing.
Hunter who hated horses and rode to hounds on a bull. Her book is a friendly siitwell rather than a guide, and fuller of acknowledgements than of references.
To ask other readers questions about The English Eccentricsplease sign up. As a young man he was soon drinking eight bottles of port a day, and graduated over time to almost as many of brandy.
Such a singular philosophy bound these disparate lives! He lived at St. Apr 09, Michael Spring rated it really liked it. Her memoir might be interesting, though you have me worried about her style of writing. Twitter updates An intriguing profile. A fine post — and the first I’ve seen in my RSS Ken, unfortunately those jobs have dried up drastically over the last decade or so…the technological changes in the movie business, and the way things are farmed out at the least expense, so assistants are having to read scripts for no extra pay.
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The English Eccentrics
Sitwell, it sounds like she was unfulfilled with her strange, but interesting life, though I realize that her younger years were sad. Zoom page 19 May He engoish obliged at to do public penance for philandering, wrapped in a white sheet at the church door.
In old age, Dame Edith grew fat from drink and misery. English eccentrics Edith Sitwell Dame Snippet view – Englihs Eccentrics Edith Sitwell Snippet view – Generous while ploughing through his fortune at a prodigious rate to his friends, his animals and his tenants, he was loved by all whose lives he touched, except perhaps the poor unfortunate who, when riding with him in a gig, confessed to never having had an accident edlth one.
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This is a glorious gallery of the extremes of human nature, portrayed with humor, sympathy, knowledge, and love. English Eccentrics, first published inis perhaps the first of the bedside books, compilations of the kind which populate the shelves in the smallest room in the englieh and from whose close confines we occasionally hear the disconcerting laughter of a weekend guest for whom we have been waiting some time.
Vanguard Press ejglish, – Characters and characteristics – pages. Giada Rose rated it liked it Jun 03, Kate on In conversation with The Book…. Benson Jul, 05 Decline of the English barrister May, 25 Lists with This Book. Wendy rated it really liked it Mar 20, It is just that here, in England, eccentricity does seem to flourish. All types are represented in the eccentrics she chose for her book.
She cites her sources and gives the reader every chance to make up their own minds as to the tales’ veracity.
Not the easiest one to start reading your TBR stack s but definitely a very good one — and a classic. Stephen Todd rated it really liked it Aug 18, Jul, 05 Mapp and Lucia novels of E. Open Preview See a Problem?