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 by Edith Sitwell

Avis Black rated it really liked it Feb 29, This was an entertaining debut. All types are represented in the eccentrics she chose for her book.

All kinds of eccentricity are noted by this witty, urbane and often unexplored writer. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.

Carlyle was a particularly difficult subject as he insisted on talking without interruption and never let Margaret speak. Benson Jul, 05 To ask other readers questions about The English Eccentricsplease sign up. Stephen Todd rated it really liked it Aug 18, Now having said goodbye to all that, she contemplates her massive To Be Read stockpile with a mixture of liberation and dread.

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Edith Sitwell and the English Eccentrics – The Dabbler

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 house and from whose close confines we occasionally hear the disconcerting laughter of a weekend guest for sitsell we have been waiting some time. Ron Testoste rated it really liked it Feb 25, To say that Jack Mytton was keen on country pursuits is akin to describing Edmund Hilary as a man who liked a view.

The learned lady is balanced by the next chapter eccentgics men of learning, in which Herbert Spencer is seen traveling in a hammock slung in a train, his manuscript tied around his waist with string.

We find hermits, quacks, mariners, indefatigable travelers, and men edkth learning. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Friends wondered how she managed to lift her powder-white porcelain hands from her lap.

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She cites her sources and gives the reader every chance to make up their own minds as to the tales’ veracity. He erected a small hut on the sands at Hythe for easy access to the sea, where he would remain among the waves until he fainted.


And then there were the clothes. Then, too, the descriptions of the home life of Brigham Young, the much married founder of the Mormon church which Edith Sitwell cannot ignore here show how the rich vein of vanity and illusion that is at the heart of eccentricity, is alive wherever human life is to be found.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. In old age, Dame Edith grew fat from drink and misery.

English Eccentrics a Gallery of Weird Paperback A variable collection of characters, from the true eccentrics to those who would hardly seem to qualify. After a visit to a French spa he became addicted to bathing.

The English Eccentrics

English Eccentrics is laced with sadness and there is a chill to the wit. Dame Edith was an eyeful. Nor is she confined to horticulture.

wdith Will rated it liked it Jun 15, Feb 22, Jane rated it liked it. There are local vents, through which disperse the peccant humours elsewhere infecting the body politic.

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