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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The English Eccentrics

Jul, 05 Mapp and Lucia novels of E. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Where else in England, and where but in England, could one meet such an adorable display of eccentricity?

In truth, what I enjoyed most in this Sitwellian immersion was a mesmerizing YouTube interview with an Edith aged, tragic, a masklike fantastically garbed grotesque, yet clearly innately humane and kind. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I really enjoy what you have written and shall reread the review.

This wondrous conveyance was shaped ecccentrics a scallop shell, painted a deep blue, luxuriously upholstered, and drawn by two superb white horses.

Far from being indifferent to the opinion of others, she was hypersensitive to criticism of both her poetry and her looks, and lived in terror of revealing her vulnerable and shy nature. Not the easiest one to start reading your TBR stack s but definitely a very good one — and a classic.

He remarried at and in due course his wife presented him with a child.


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To ask other readers questions about The English Eccentricsplease sign up. Nor is she confined to horticulture. Healers, men of learning, followers of fashion, travellers in exotic lands all are closely chaperoned within the or so pages of the book, lest they escape and resume their firework-like careers.

Alice rated it really liked it May 15, It was not all paranoia, for she had been attacked by a coterie of powerful critics all her life, was editn locked in feuds with fellow artists, and received numerous malicious and abusive letters from the general public.

In his youth, he had invested in his own coffin which he used as a drinks cabinet throughout his long life. Not in the full-dress documented surveys of literature and life.

The English Eccentrics by Edith Sitwell

The interested observers asked him why he should give himself so much trouble, whereupon the old gentleman replied: Thomas Rands with his cure for the Pimple-Pamplins, Dr. I Alw a member of the Royal Horticultural Society because of its gardens at Wisley, because of its occasional gifts of seedlings, because of its fortnightly eccdntrics shows and because of my fellow members. Thomas Suffold with his Pillulae Londineae, Dr.

The approach is poetic, oblique, and perhaps not to everyone’s taste – and englush it were, would you be at all interested? Quacks — may come from the Coptic quokhmm … never knew that. Benson Jul, 05 Tracked to their lairs, they become the hunted rather than the hunters, the starry brightness of their public appearance fades in the icy twilight, the madness of Actaeon is on eccentdics, and the misery engllsh Herne.


Going through my Bloomsbury period. Quoting from Vulpes Libris You are very welcome to quote up to words from any article posted on Vulpes Libris – as long as you quote accurately, give us due credit and link back to the original post.

Lists with This Book. Kbrooke rated it liked it Nov 09, We find hermits, quacks, mariners, indefatigable travelers, and men of learning.

Sjtwell 09, K. Surely, he must have his own special place now in a heavenly replica of Rutland with innumerable horses and bottomless barrels of port. He seems to have passed an uneventful life until the age of 80 when he first married, after which he became something of a rake.

English Eccentrics by Edith Sitwell

Nancy Vermette May 6, I would read one, two, a few weird bits described with ornateness and affectation, and then feel like throwing the book against the englizh like an incessantly chirping insect. Mapp and Lucia novels of E. I think I gobbled this book whole as a teenager, and have been very keen on Edith Sitwelliana ever since.

Neither seemed really relevant to the theme of the book.