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Eddy: Life of Edward Sackville-West Paperback – 10 Apr 1999


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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books; New edition edition (10 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900850206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900850209
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All the ingredients of a best-selling biography" -Spectator"Fascinating and illuminating. The figure created IS Eddy. De-La-Noy has extracted his characteristic phrase, way of thought and gesture most skillfully. His research fills me with admiration" -Frances Partidge.

About the Author

Michael De-La-Noy is the biographer of Elgar, Denton Welch, Archbishop Michael Ramsey, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Frederick, Prince of Wales, Bishop Mervyn Stockwood, Scott of the Antartic and George IV. His other books include History of the Honours System, The Samaritans, Windsor Castle, Oxford and the Church of England. He is a contributor both to the 1993 missing Persons Volume of the Dictionary of National Biography and the New Dictionary of National Biography. In Who's Who he lists his recreation as going for very short walks.

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On 13 November 1901 Edward Charles Sackville-West, the eventual heir to a Victorian title and a medieval mansion, was born at 105 Cadogan Gardens, the London flat of a spinster aunt. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 1999
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Michael De-la-Noy's book is described as a valuable addition to the body of work on the life, both artistic and real, of the Bloomsbury group. However, it must be pointed out that Eddy existed only on its periphery, through mutual acquaintances and family relationships rather than as a fully fledged member.
It is always amusing to find that a great number of so-called 'lost literary talents' were, in fact, of independent means and 'decided' to become writers (rather than dentists or lawyers). Eddy was no exception. Despite allegedly having prodigious musical talent, Eddy decided his real future lay in writing fiction. Michael De-la-Noy is an enthusiast in discussing Eddy's literary talents - an enthusiasm, which he admits, was not shared by the reading public - and from a description of Eddy's few novels it is easy to see why. Eddy's real talent apparently lay in literary and music criticism. It is in this field that Eddy became well known. He was also involved in the production of a guide to grammophone records and in the direction of the Covent Garden Opera Trust.
He was also homosexual (sharing a house, though not a bed, with three male friends); and converted to Catholicism. Thankfully, unlike other biographers, Michael De-la-Noy treats both aspects of Eddy's life as just that, 'aspects'. It seems that the person most worried about his sexual and religious persuasions was Eddy himself. The most unfortunate aspect of Eddy's life was that he was incapable of finding anyone to share it with him. This was the ultimate tragedy of his life.
Overall, this biography is an enjoyable read. My main criticism is that the early part relies too heavily on quotes from diaries and letters, linked with very few of the author's own observations and explanations.
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