A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking and a Bright Young Thing (Unabridged edition)
By: Anna Thomasson (author)Hardback
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The winter of 1924: Edith Olivier, alone for the first time at the age of fifty-one, thought her life had come to an end. For Rex Whistler, a nineteen-year-old art student, life was just beginning. Together, they embarked on an intimate and unlikely friendship that would transform their lives. Gradually Edith's world opened up and she became a writer. Her home, the Daye House, in a wooded corner of the Wilton estate, became a sanctuary for Whistler and the other brilliant and beautiful younger men of her circle: among them Siegfried Sassoon, Stephen Tennant, William Walton, John Betjeman, the Sitwells and Cecil Beaton - for whom she was 'all the muses'. Set against a backdrop of the madcap parties of the 1920s, the sophistication of the 1930s and the drama and austerity of the Second World War and with an extraordinary cast of friends and acquaintances, Anna Thomasson brings to life, for the first time, the fascinating, and curious, friendship of a bluestocking and a bright young thing.
Anna Thomasson studied for an M Phil in Biography at the University of Buckingham and her thesis was shortlisted for the Daily Mail Biographers' Club Prize. She lives in London and this is her first book.
Section - i: List of IllustrationsSection - ii: IntroductionUnit - 1: BEFOREChapter - 1: EdithChapter - 2: RexChapter - 3: RexUnit - 2: THE LOVE CHILDChapter - 1: San RemoChapter - 2: The Daye HouseChapter - 3: 'At The Shrine of Beauty'Chapter - 4: The DarlingChapter - 5: A 'Dream Change'Unit - 3: TABLEAUX VIVANTSChapter - 6: Bright Young PeopleChapter - 7: Town and CountryChapter - 8: RevelsChapter - 9: 'Adored Sons'Chapter - 10: Bird SongsChapter - 11: Krol DudziarzChapter - 12: 'The Trail of the Serpent'Chapter - 13: 'Bells at Midnight'Unit - 4: REVERSIBLE FACESChapter - 14: MoonrakingChapter - 15: AshcombeChapter - 16: 'Peintre de Luxe'Chapter - 17: The 'Storm Touched Soul'Chapter - 18: 'The Happy Heartbreak'Chapter - 19: SexUnit - 5: LANDSCAPESChapter - 20: DistanceChapter - 21: An 'Eventful Year'Chapter - 22: La Belle DameChapter - 23: 'Out of Ordinary'Chapter - 24: 'Another Season'Unit - 6: PAINTING FROM LIFEChapter - 25: CommissionChapter - 26: 'The Conditional'Chapter - 27: HomeChapter - 28: 'In The Long Ago'Chapter - 29: ActionUnit - 7: AFTERChapter - 30: 'The Loving Spirit'Chapter - 31: LegaciesAcknowledgements - iii: AcknowledgementsSection - iv: NotesSection - v: Select BibliographyIndex - vi: Index
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