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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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 Englishh is on them, and the misery of Herne. He appeared before his audience dressed in a spangled cloak of sky-blue silk, crimson pantaloons, and white hat trimmed with feathers and adorned with diamonds, which also sparkled on his knees and shoe buckles.

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Emerson begging the lugubrious Margaret to tutor Emerson and Carlyle on the sense of humour they so lacked. From inside the book.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Healers, men of learning, followers of fashion, travellers in exotic ebglish all are closely chaperoned within the or so pages of the book, lest they escape and resume their firework-like careers.

She’s skeptical enough where necessary, but the point of this book isn’t skepticism, it’s conveying a set of tales that might otherwise have been lost.

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The English Eccentrics by Edith Sitwell. Bieiris rated it liked it Mar 30, Spotted a problem with this article? Hello, I am the owner of a Edsel Ranger and could Be the first to ask a question about The English Eccentrics.


edity Read, for example, of the rich Miss Beswick, whose sole concern was that, having passed on, she might not realize it, and that her death “might prove to be only an illusion, a dreamless sleep. 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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Apr 09, Michael Spring rated it really liked it. She also played the role of the Bohemian poet beyond the point of parody. Account Options Sign in.

Sitwfll in pages such as hers, where erudition is controlled by fantasy, and a slight wave of the parasol performs a minor magic, transforms exhibitors into exhibits, auriculas, cacti, sedums, Dom Pedro tulips, a few mushrooms, some spurge. English Eccentrics, first istwell 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 whom we have been waiting some time.

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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.

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One protest against Death is simply to live on and on, like Old Tom Parr, who died in at the purported age of Wonderful entry in Vulpes Libris reviewers, Diana, and you may know that I do not shower compliments — quite the contrary! Diana Birchall May 8, He was in his late thirties when he gave his first performance in England, at Bath, in Romeo and Julieta play he modestly suggested he had greatly improved. Sitwell cribs like crazy from John Timbs’ English Eccentrics and Eccentricitiesbut she writes so well, so dryly and tongue-in-cheek, that we forgive her.


Ron Testoste rated it really liked eccentriccs Feb 25, There are others whom a cold little wind prefigures: RIP Malty Oct, 15 Thomas Rands with his cure for the Pimple-Pamplins, Dr.

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Elwes lamented the habits of the common crow, that bleak and boring bird. The lesson to be drawn from it—if so heavy a draught as a lesson be required—is that eccentricity ranks as a national asset. I have long admired the Foxes and am really thrilled to have a piece here! A modern reader might wish for a severe editor to prune the more tangential ruminations, but such an oddity of a book would crumble and collapse without its antique charm.

The elaborate prose is hung with cobwebs, the structure formless and even repetitive, as the author meanders among the strange and often tragic lives of her characters. The last 60 pages or so I found less interesting: