Frances Partridge

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The authorized biography of the last survivor of the Bloomsbury group is beautifully illustrated with many previously unpublished photos from Chisholm's private collection
 
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. Anne Chisholm was allowed ...

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Overview

The authorized biography of the last survivor of the Bloomsbury group is beautifully illustrated with many previously unpublished photos from Chisholm's private collection
 
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. Anne Chisholm was allowed complete access to unpublished diaries, letters, photographs, and papers for this vividly evocative tribute. She tells the story of Anne and Ralph falling in love and marrying in 1933, and how during World War II 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. Chisholm explores how despite losing both her husband and son, Frances maintained an astonishing appetite for life, whether for her friends, traveling, botany, or music. This biography is the perfect complement to her diaries, which she continued to write until her death in 2004, and which 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 center of her own.

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"It is Anne Chisholm's remarkable achievement to reveal her fully as the extraordinarily strong and attractive person that she was . . . It is proof of Chisholm's sympathy and skill that her book . . . we do genuinely want to follow her right through to the end of her long life (she was 103 when she died), and end up grateful for knowing her so well."  —Guardian

"Anne Chisholm’s authorised biography skilfully extricates Frances Partridge from the crowded scene of her much-praised diaries. . . . This is an absorbing, vivid and elegant account of a life concerned as much with love and friendship as the bold experiments of Bloomsbury."  —Daily Telegraph

"A worthy tribute to the woman often dubbed 'the last survivor of Bloomsbury.'"  —Independent on Sunday

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753826997
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Chisholm 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.

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