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Nancy Cunard: A Biography Hardcover – 1 May 1979
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I think that the earlier part of her life, which is well documented elsewhere, is well dealt with as is her involvement in the political campaigns about which she felt passionately. But, the book doesn't really deal with her left-wing views nor question where they came from. I still do not know whether she was a fellow-traveller, a dilitante Communist or a committed left-winger. Or a mix of all three.
The post-1945 period was not as comprehensive as the pre-1945 period and I felt that some things were glossed over. One of her closest, life-long friends was a paedophile, why not call him what he was instead of fudging the issue? She was a good friend of the English writer Sylvia Townshend Warner and her life-partner Valentina Ackland. I know how they met from other books and what STW's background and left-wing political views were, I would have liked to have seen some explanation of that relationship bease it was so important.
I live close to where she spent many of her later years in the Dordogne and when she was here in the 1950s and 60s the place was a rural backwater with little infrastructure and it is clear that if the author knew anything about the area at that time, she omitted it, that would have been really useful. The basic condition of NC's house here was normal and can still be found here (2015), more on that would have been informative.
But, this is a good introduction to Nancy Cunard''s life and her complex relationship with people, food, alcohol and politics.
Couldn't stop reading.