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The Fall of a Sparrow

The Fall of a Sparrow

ISBN
9780571334032
Published
05/11/2020
9780571334032
Format
Hardback
Price
£35.00
Paperback
784

About the Book

The Vivien Eliot Papers is a groundbreaking new biography of Vivien Eliot, comprising two sections: her Life and her Papers. Based on a rich repository of primary evidence, much only recently uncovered, it corrects the accidental inaccuracies and deliberate distortions that have circulated around one of Bloomsbury’s most gossiped-about, enigmatic couples, while unveiling fascinating new discoveries that give a more balanced understanding of both partners. For the first time, too, immaculate texts of Vivien’s own writing are presented, carefully distinguished from Eliot’s input, which demonstrate a fresh and wry talent all of her own.
The Vivien Eliot Papers is a groundbreaking new biography of Vivien Eliot, comprising two sections: her Life and her Papers. Based on a rich repository of primary evidence, much only recently uncovered, it corrects the accidental inaccuracies and deliberate distortions that have circulated around one of Bloomsbury’s most gossiped-about, enigmatic couples, while unveiling fascinating new discoveries that give a more balanced understanding of both partners. For the first time, too, immaculate texts of Vivien’s own writing are presented, carefully distinguished from Eliot’s input, which demonstrate a fresh and wry talent all of her own.
“Ann Pasternak Slater’s great and terrible new biography …. Sympathetic but clear-eyed, The Fall of a Sparrow sets the record straight … a remarkable feat of scholarship …. It is impossible to read The Fall of a Sparrow without feeling immense pity for both [Vivien and T S Eliot]. Slater is a superb Dante through this Purgatory, and a fine prose stylist.”
- Tristram Fane Saunders, Daily Telegraph
“Few have tried to understand [Vivien] with such depth and such sympathetic insight … This meticulous biography… likely to be definitive … Slater is fair to a fault … a monumental work.”
- Brian Appleyard, Sunday Times