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A Not So Quiet Life: Hermione Lee’s Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

Lee, Hermione. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Chatto, 2013. I have always thought that the changing tone of Punch in the fifties and sixties and its demise in 1992 serves as a kind of metaphor for the disappearance of the England … Continue reading

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Navigating the Past: Cathy Converse’s Following the Curve of Time

Converse, Cathy. Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet. Victoria: Touch Wood Editions, 2008. I was perhaps at something of a disadvantage when I began to read this book; I have not read M. Wylie Blanchet’s The … Continue reading

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A Rather Private Lady: Jennifer Kloester’s Georgette Heyer

Kloester, Jennifer. Georgette Heyer. [London: Heinemann, 2011] Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2013. Ebook Almost three years ago (can it really be that long?) I wrote a post discussing the perhaps guilty pleasures of reading Georgette Heyer. At that time, I observed: … Continue reading

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Lives Revisited: Rambles in Biography. Peter Ustinov and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Ustinov, Peter, Dear Me.  Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin, 1977. Reynolds, Barbara. Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul. 1993. London: Hodder and  Stoughton-Scepter, 1994. How different is the situation of the biographer in comparison with that of the writer of fiction. … Continue reading

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Forever England: Socio/aesthetic Politics of Memory in The Stranger’s Child

Hollinghurst, Alan. The Stranger’s Child. London: Picador-Macmillan, 2011. To what extent is Rupert Brooke read nowadays? Perhaps more important, why? And how is he regarded? In fact, how does most of the poetry popular in the teens of the twentieth century appeal … Continue reading

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Confronting Enigma: Erica E. Hirshler’s Sargent’s Daughters

Hirshler, Erica, E. Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting. Boston: MFA Publications, 2009. The painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit by John Singer Sargent now hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/31782 It is a large … Continue reading

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Singular Ingenuity: Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden

Peacock, Molly, The Paper Garden: Mrs Delany {Begins Her Life’s Work} At 72. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2010 You may not be familiar with Mary Granville Pendarves Delany or with what she called her “flower mosaick[s]”(4)—I wasn’t—but perhaps after reading this, … Continue reading

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