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Francis Partridge's diaries are the record of a woman who not only participated in the lives of the legendary Bloomsbury group, but was the circle’s oldest surviving member until her death in 2004. The Partridge home, called Ham Spray, and Frances's enduring partnership with Ralph are focal points in these beautifully written diaries. Here they were surrounded by the Wiltshire downs, and here a succession of interesting friends visited and were visited in return. While in London there were visits to Cyril Connolly, lunch at The Ivy with Duncan Grant, Julia Strachey, and Clive Bell, followed by meetings of The Memoir Club for those survivors of Bloomsbury. Frances Partridge reveals a life of such warmth, friendship and good fortune that at the close of these diaries it seems almost impossible that death could rob her of the source of such happiness Ralph.
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Frances Partridge was born in Bedford Square in 1900. Family friends included Henry James, Conan Doyle and various members of the Strachey family. She has translated many books and with her husband Ralph edited the Greville Memoirs.From Publishers Weekly:
Following Love in Bloomsbury and A Pacifist's War, Partridge here offers the third volume of her diaries, in which she records her doings at Ham Spray and in Wiltshire, and her continuing happy relationships with her family and friends. These latter included seemingly hundreds of England's leading cultural figures: the Bells, Garnetts and Stracheys, Gerald Brenan, E. M. Forster, Cyril Connolly, Frederick Ayer, V. S. Pritchett, Philip Toynbee. What they talked about is interspersed with reports on botany and gardening, walks to the village, teas and lunches, visits in London and Spain, meetings of the famous Memoir Club, weddings and funerals, the atomic bomb, political developments and, at the very end, the death of her husband, Ralph. An almost idyllic life, whose events are beautifully told. Photos.
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Book Description Little Brown & Co (T), 1986. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0316692859
Book Description Little Brown & Co, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0316692859