Frances Partridge

Frances Partridge : The Biography

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Frances Partridge: the last survivor of the Bloomsbury group - the authorised biography.Frances Partridge was one of the great British diarists of the 20th century. She became part of the Bloomsbury group encountering Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, the Bells, Roger Fry, Maynard Keynes, Dora Carrington and Ralph Partridge. She and Ralph fell in love and married in 1933. During the Second World War they were committed pacifists and they enjoyed the happiest times of their lives together, entertaining friends such as E.M. Forster, Robert Kee and Duncan Grant.Despite losing both her husband and son, Frances maintained an astonishing appetite for life, whether for her friends, travelling, botany, or music. Her diaries (which she continued to write until her death in 2004) chronicle her life from the 1930s onwards. Their publication brought her recognition and acclaim, and earned her the right to be seen not as a minor character on the Bloomsbury stage but standing at the centre of her own.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 36mm | 498.95g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753826992
  • 9780753826997
  • 322,992

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Frances emerges as lively, articulate and appealing. * INDEPENDENT * Anne Chisholm's biography adds a great deal to Partridge's wonderful diaries...Chisholm is also superb at capturing charisma, including Ralph's, though her experienced biographer's view of him is not as adoring as his wife's. -- Ophelia Field * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * This tale is seen from a fresh perspective in Anne Chisholm's prodigiousy sympathetic biography * OBSERVER *show more

About Anne Chisholm

Anne Chisholm is the author of a biography of Nancy Cunard and FACES OF HIROSHIMA, a book about the Hiroshima Maidens. With Michael Davie she wrote BEAVERBROOK: A LIFE (1992). She was a close friend of Frances Partridge during the last years of her life. She reviews widely and is the current chairman of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in Belsize Park, London, NW3 and Ewelme, Oxfordshire.show more

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