Osbert Sitwell

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Alfred A. Knopf, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
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"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." "This biography provides social insights, a striking overview of literary Britain in this century and, a portrait of a remarkable human being."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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


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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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