Osbert Sitwell

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Alfred A. Knopf, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
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A wonderfully witty, major new biography of the renowned poet, novelist, essayist and legendary twentieth-century eccentric, from the best-selling author of Mountbatten and King Edward VIII. The Sitwells -- Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell -- were the enfants terribles of the 1920s; outflanked in the 1930s by the politically conscious generation of Auden, Isherwood and Spender; then resurgent after World War II, when Osbert's autobiography, Left Hand, Right Hand!, achieved critical and commercial success and he and Edith took the United States by storm. At the heart of every literary fracas from 1918 until well after 1945, Osbert was a close friend and sometime sparring partner of T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, Evelyn Waugh and Cyril Connolly, and a ferocious enemy of Noel Coward, the Leavises and Winston Churchill. His love life was notoriously turbulent; he could be outrageous, perverse, arrogant, bullying; he could be generous, loyal, considerate, public-spirited -- but he was never dull. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this entertaining biography provides extraordinary social insights, a striking overview of literary Britain in this century and, above all, a moving portrait of a remarkable human being.

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User Review  - yooperprof - LibraryThing

Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969), 5th Baronet, was a minor British writer, most associated with the 1920s and 30s, one of the Sitwell writing family. A second-tier figure in English literature, he ... Read full review

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Very well-written biography of a leading literary figure of the first half of the twentieth century, of whom I knew virtually nothing before I read the book. Meticulously researched, elegantly written ... Read full review

Contents

The Eye of Childhood
3
Educated in the Holidays from Eton
33
The Great Free World
34
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Philip Ziegler was born in 1929 and was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He then joined the Diplomatic Service and served in Vientiane, Paris, Pretoria and Bogotá before resigning to join the publisher William Collins, where he was editorial director for more than fifteen years. His books have included biographies of William IV, Melbourne, Lady Diana Cooper, Mountbatten and Edward VIII. His most recent book is London at War.

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