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Titel: Holy Dread - Diaries 1982 - 1984
Verlag: John Murray
Einband: Soft cover
Auflage: 1st edition thus..
Paperback, F. xiv+240pp, b/w frontis, index, a nice fine copy. The ninth volume of Lees-Milne's Diaries, regarded as among the best to have been written in the 20th century. This is the second volume to be edited since Lees-Milne's death in 1997. 350 grams. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 41128
In the ninth volume of James Lees-Milne's diaries, the ardour towards their eventual editor M, has cooled to a more durable tenderness. There is no change however, in the sharpness of his observation. While his bride's finger waits outstretched, Kenneth Clark discusses appreciatively with the priest the Coptic wedding ring he has chosen. An old and demanding Hillaire Belloc sets himself alight and has to be rolled on the bathroom floor. Diana Mosley tells how the Kaiser, visiting Eton, asked to have a boy swished for his entertainment. Zita Jungman, a former Bright Young Thing of the 20s, is so far behind with her newspaper reading that she learns months later that she has become a widow.
As always, death is a major character. Master, the Lees-Milnes' ducal landlord, is dug up by hunt protesters following his burial. After walking across fields in driving rain to the funeral of John Betjeman - the best man who ever lived and the most lovable - Lees-Milne sits in the almost pitch dark church, just able to read the prayers by the light of a single window. He himself hopes to die to the music of Orfeo.
A rueful, funny and affecting account of the ecstasies and absurdities of late-flowering love. ( Peter Parker, TLS)
Raw Emotions, fearlessly expressed, spice every page. ( Duff Hart-Davis, Independent)
Unquestionably one of the greatest English diarists, a rival of Peyps ( David Watkin)
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