The Diaries Of Beatrice Webb: Abridged by Lynn Knight

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These diaries present a unique record of the time in which Beatrice Webb and her husband, Sidney, lived. They were at the centre of British intellectual and political life for almost 70 years, and the diaries feature appearances by figures including Churchill, Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf. Rich in insights and anecdotes about the people and politics of late-Victorian and early modern Britain, the diaries reveal Beatrice as the mistress of salon politics. She devoted herself to the causes that she and Sidney had at heart - including the founding of the London School of Economics, trade unionism, local government, the war against poverty and their books.

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Lynn Knight is a reviewer, teacher and editor. Jeanne Mackenzie (now deceased) and Norman Mackenzie were awarded the Heinemann Prize of the Royal Society of Literature for their collective biography of early Fabians, The First Fabians, and published widely on other historical subjects.

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The Webb diaries, which begin in 1873 when Webb was 15, and end early in wartime 1943, were edited by the MacKenzies and published almost in their entirety in four volumes between 1982 and 1985. This new abridgment includes enough material to reflect the two significant ways in which the Fabian reformer confided in her diaries. The first was to commune with what she called her "Other Self," which "sits again in the judgement seat and listens to the tale of the hours, days, acts, thoughts and feelings" of the writer. The second was to describe her loyal and entirely adoring relationship to the bespectacled and rumpled Cockney social scientist and politician, Sidney Webb, whom she a beautiful and assertive woman married at 34. They were, she conceded, "curiously combined I am the investigator and he the executor." As they moved in political, social and cultural circles beyond their Leftist bent, she recorded wittily and often cattily the successes as well as the scandals involving acquaintances from prime ministers to party-givers. By the later 1920s the couple, now aging and ailing, were anxiously witnessing the rise of dictatorships and the decline of their socialist ideal, as well as the deterioration of friends and colleagues, all tirelessly set down in 57 exercise books. Sidney would be silenced by a stroke in 1938, but would survive Beatrice, whose last lines were penned five days before her death. Her diaries fully substantiate her description of her husband and herself late in life as "happy ghosts, loving each other and always with a job in hand, like two aged craftsmen." Illus. not seen by PW.

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