Beautiful Lofty People
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- Hardback | 228 pages
- 137.16 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
- 13 May 1974
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
- New York, United Kingdom
Teacher, essayist and writer of light verse, Mrs. Bevington has assembled an ingratiating collection of literary and political notables and some unsung beautiful people via anecdote, gossip, and speculation often punctuated by the author's own rhymed meditations. She moves among her personalities like a cruising guest at cocktail hour, telling tales and making fanciful connections: how beautiful are the shoes of Dorothy Wordsworth and Fanny Burney - those stout brogues and those elegant slippers; how delightful to be John Chester, that mute admirer, who accompanied Coleridge and a bemused Hazlitt on a non-stop talking/walking tour; and "Where did all the blue go,/ Picasso?" Among the subjects: that good ill-used translator of the King James Bible, John Bois; Dickinson ("Emily could be a goose"); Emerson's Aunt Mary (said Emerson: "[she] is a constant east wind"); Sidney Smith, Ben Jonson, Herrick, Rabelais, Byron (on a diet), Cromwell, etc., etc. Mrs. Bevington travels at a late afternoon pace and enjoys herself hugely - as well the reader attuned to such decorous dalliance. (Kirkus Reviews)