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Bloomsbury] Pacifist's War, A.: PARTRIDGE, Frances

Bloomsbury] Pacifist's War, A.


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ISBN 10: 0701204559 / ISBN 13: 9780701204556
Published by Hogarth Press, London, 1978
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Impression (no further printings noted). Tall 8vo: 215,[9]pp, with 8pp.of plates. Publisher's cinnamon cloth, spine lettered in gilt, wraparound dust jacket illustrated by Angelica Garnett (nče Bell-Virginia Woolf's neice and Vanessa Bell's daughter) and priced £5.95. A very attractive copy, dust-spotted top edge, else Fine in Fine jacket. At the outset of the Second World War Ralph and Frances Partridge were both confirmed pacifists. These extracts from Frances's war diary present an intimate and vivid picture of their life at Ham Spray House in Wiltshire ("where life revolved around conversation, long walks, and complicated love affairs," according the ODNB), a refuge for friends (here depicted in some 20 photographs), including many of their fellow "Bloomsberries," as well as a stream of refugees and the dispossessed. Frances's accounts give a candid, intimate picture of their domestic upheavals and rich intellectual life, while also noting her sharp observations of nature and world events. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0899

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Title: Bloomsbury] Pacifist's War, A.

Publisher: Hogarth Press, London

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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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. At the outset of the Second World War, Ralph and Frances Partridge were both convinced pacifists. These extracts from Frances' war diary present an intimate and vivid picture of their life at Ham Spray in Wiltshire, a house they both adored and which became a place of refuge to many of the Bloomsbury circle, and numerous other waifs and strays of war. Frances Partridge's perceptively witty and lively account is held together by the thread of the Partridges' passionate concern and interest in the course of events, coupled with their belief that War itself was ethically unjustifiable.

About the Author:

Frances Partridge was born in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, in 1900, one of six children of an architect. She was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English and Moral Sciences. In 1933 she married Ralph Partridge. In addition to translating many books from French and Spanish and helping her husband to edit THE GREVILLE MEMOIRS, she is the author of MEMORIES and five other published volumes of diaries, EVERYTHING TO LOSE, HANGING ON, OTHER PEOPLE, GOOD COMPANY and LIFE REGAINED.

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