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Elders And Betters

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  10 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In this sparkling voulme Quentin Bell provides a remarkable collection of pen portraits - of his parents Vanessa and Clive; of his aunt and uncle, Virginia and Leonard Woolf; of Roger Fry, E.M.Forster, Ottoline Morrell, Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey and many more.

In writing about them he also tells the story of his own work: his employment as agricultural labourer, his c
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 5th 1997 by Pimlico (first published September 14th 1995)
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Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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Another book of Bloomsbury recollections, this time by Quentin Bell, son of Vanessa and Clive Bell. It takes the form of a series of chapters on major figures in and around Bloomsbury. It apparently began as an attempt at an autobiography, but turned into this. There are chapters about the usual suspects (but not Virginia Woolf, because Bell has written a biography of her), but also some less expected, like Anthony Blunt, Mary Butts, Claude Rogers, Lawrence Gowring, Ethel Smyth and Robe
Marcus Hobson
I had the great good fortune to meet Quentin Bell at Charleston farmhouse when he was signing copies of this book. Cressida Bell was there too, having designed the cover for him.
He was a wonderful old man and it was an incredible experience to meet him for a moment. To be close to someone who had met all those amazing people Virginia and Vanessa, Clive and Duncan, Lytton, Carrington, Maynard, Roger, etc, etc. He knew them all, and that is what this book is all about - all those names that went b
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Highly opinionated in an unusual and courageous evaluative sense of the word. Achieves, at its best, realistic character portraits . In its assessment of women's sexual freedom (especially the section on Vanessa Bell where he wa writing about his mother, its feminism comes close to being an essay prefiguring personal politics. Infectious, in that I found myself character analysing everyone I knew. Really interesting, well written, thoughtful, with the portraits of Quentin's parents Clive and Van ...more
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Capsule views of famous family and friends by one of their own who gives his own perspective from inside on people so well written about from outside.
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