ENGLISH ECCENTRICS EDITH SITWELL PDF

Feb 22, Jane rated it liked it How could you possibly not like a book with a chapter entitled "Ornamental Hermits? Un libro diferente con personajes diferentes. I seem to remember a king of somewhere on the continent Prussia? 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. It is just that here, in England, eccentricity does seem to flourish.

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Feb 22, Jane rated it liked it How could you possibly not like a book with a chapter entitled "Ornamental Hermits? Un libro diferente con personajes diferentes. I seem to remember a king of somewhere on the continent Prussia? 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.

It is just that here, in England, eccentricity does seem to flourish. It certainly seems to me that the schoolmasters who tried to teach me many years ago were eccentric to a man.

In the end, perhaps, it is an English trait to actually like a touch of the eccentric about us. English Eccentrics, first published in , is 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 whom we have been waiting some time.

All kinds of eccentricity are noted by this witty, urbane and often unexplored writer. Hermits are there in great number they were the de rigeur ornament of almost every stately home at one particular time it would seem.

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.

To detail just one example is to pluck a single blossom from an orchard of blooms, but I think a word must be said about Squire Mytton, the sporting squire who exhausted his fortune and his life by a reckless disregard for almost everything except gentility. To say that Jack Mytton was keen on country pursuits is akin to describing Edmund Hilary as a man who liked a 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 in one.

Surely, he must have his own special place now in a heavenly replica of Rutland with innumerable horses and bottomless barrels of port.

If there is any justice in heaven, many of these tragic heroes, the sad Beau Brummell in particular, will be restored to their youthful glories. Or have I got that wrong?

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Edith Sitwell

Learn how and when to remove this template message Edith Louisa Sitwell was born in Scarborough , North Riding of Yorkshire , the oldest child and only daughter of Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet , of Renishaw Hall ; he was an expert on genealogy and landscaping. She claimed a descent through female lines from the Plantagenets. Sitwell had two younger brothers, Osbert — and Sacheverell — , both distinguished authors, well-known literary figures in their own right, and long-term collaborators. Her relationship with her parents was stormy at best, not least because her father made her undertake a "cure" for her supposed spinal deformation, involving locking her into an iron frame.

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