House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm
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- Hardback | 174 pages
- 144.78 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
- 27 May 1971
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
- New York, United Kingdom
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A continuation of the memoirs begun in A Book and A Love Affair (1968) which conjures up more books and more loves in the Forties and Fifties. The Bevingtons (a scholar/teacher; a teacher/writer of light verse) travel, lose their grown children, and remain as deeply in love and companionable as ever. This is mainly a swarm of impressions on poetry; teaching ("All men talk, yes, but not until the bell rings; this distinguishes the teacher. . . "); journeys to England (skittles, giggles and regular royal queens); celebrities (Bertie Russell kissed her with a gratifying if startling "passionate civility"). At the dose there is also a somber awareness of impending separations and a brief mention of the gallant death of her husband. In a semi-humorous aside concerning the "muse" of poetry Mrs. Bevington declares, "One had to be her friend and testifier, her steady advocate." And this is a warm and selective advocacy of literary and personal pleasures - life-confronting and yea-saying. (Kirkus Reviews)