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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Quite a number of the eccentrics are not even English. 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.


Jackie May 8, Engllsh true eccentric writing about eccentrics as only the British have them.

Over time the outfits grew more and more extreme: I think I gobbled this book whole as a teenager, and have been very keen on Edith Sitwelliana ever since. Hermits are there in great number they were the de rigeur ornament of almost every stately home at one particular time it would seem.

English Eccentrics a Gallery of Weird Paperback A variable collection of characters, from the true eccentrics to Unquestionably stuffed with fascinating historical curiosities, anecdotes, and snippets, it is like an extremely clever anchovy: I Alw a member of the Royal Horticultural Society because of its gardens at Wisley, because of its occasional gifts of seedlings, because of its fortnightly flower shows and eccenttics of my fellow members.

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Twitter updates An intriguing profile. This strange holdall of human curiosities is as eccentric in style and form as its theme, and is not at all restricted to arrogant aristos and dotty men of genius.

Bieiris rated it liked it Mar 30, 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. Chris Meloche rated it really liked it Aug 28, To say that Jack Mytton was keen on country pursuits is akin to describing Edmund Hilary as a man who liked a view. Benson Jul, 05 English Eccentrics Edith Sitwell Snippet view – He rode as hard and fast as he drank and took terrible falls from his horses, and all manner of spills in the vehicles they drew.


Sktwell, today, is becoming a State-monopoly, beneath whose death-dealing wings the standardized individuals march to their doom.

The English Eccentrics by Edith Sitwell

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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. Going through my Bloomsbury period. Once, when suffering from hiccups, Mytton decided to frighten himself out of the attack by setting fire to his nightshirt. And then there were the clothes.