By Anna Thomasson
The wintry weather of 1924: Edith Olivier, on my own for the 1st time on the age of fifty-one, concept her existence had come to an finish. For Rex Whistler, a nineteen-year-old artwork pupil, lifestyles used to be simply starting. jointly, they launched into an intimate and not likely friendship that might remodel their lives. progressively Edith's global spread out and he or she turned a author. Her domestic, the Daye condo, in a wooded nook of the Wilton property, grew to become a sanctuary for Whistler and the opposite excellent and gorgeous more youthful males of her circle: between them Siegfried Sassoon, Stephen Tennant, William Walton, John Betjeman, the Sitwells and Cecil Beaton - for whom she was once 'all the muses'.
Set opposed to a backdrop of the madcap events of the Nineteen Twenties, the sophistication of the Thirties and the drama and austerity of the second one global conflict and with a unprecedented solid of associates and associates, Anna Thomasson brings to lifestyles, for the 1st time, the attention-grabbing, and curious, friendship of a bluestocking and a brilliant younger factor.
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Additional info for A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking and a Bright Young Thing
If we missed the Atlantic, and spring and autumn, and winter and snow, we’d somehow grown accustomed to flowering trees, the redolence of citrus and sage and nightblooming jasmine, and sunsets that puddled and pooled across a vast western sky. We were spoiled by the sunshine and increasingly easy in a landscape that had seemed alien at the start. “Just as well,” said my sister, when I told her we’d changed our minds. “It was Mom’s house. ” She was right, I suppose. We’d moved into 1019 in the summer of ’69, just a few months after her birth and before my brothers were out of grade school.
Year after year (and day after day) we lay across our unmade beds, sand and crumbs in the rumpled sheets, watched the people in Queens fanning themselves while those Santa Barbara breezes turned the pages of our books and tickled our exposed upper thighs. Up to our ears, we T h e Ob ject P arad e 39 were, in crusts and dregs—our rooms littered with the remains of grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese and cheese sticks; abandoned root beer floats and floaties; half-eaten fruit and half-chewed fruit roll-ups.
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A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking and a Bright Young Thing by Anna Thomasson