Three Houses

Three Houses

by Angela Thirkell
     
 

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"There is always in our minds the hope that we may find again those golden unhastening days and wake up and dream.” – Angela Thirkell Angela Thirkell, the cousin of Rudyard Kipling and the granddaughter of celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones, was an eminent twentieth century literary figure, and wrote avidly until her death in 1961. In

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"There is always in our minds the hope that we may find again those golden unhastening days and wake up and dream.” – Angela Thirkell Angela Thirkell, the cousin of Rudyard Kipling and the granddaughter of celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones, was an eminent twentieth century literary figure, and wrote avidly until her death in 1961. In her beautifully nostalgic memoirs, she recalls in rich detail the three houses in which she grew up and the childhood memories their walls contain. Thirkell’s elaborate portraits of the three houses – The Grange in Fulham, 27 Young Street in Kensington Square, and North End House in Rottingdean - offer an invaluable insight into late Victorian life. Her recounting of forbidden explorations, Punch and Judy shows, and adventures in the garden are beautifully evocative of the innocent quality of childhood, and the personal recollections of her famous grandfather present a loving family man behind the renown. The exposure to music, art and literature that Thirkell details in her exploration of her beloved three houses foreshadows her later fictional creations – her Barsetshire novels. Thirkell moved in privileged circles—William Morris was a family friend and JM Barrie was her godfather. She is also the mother of another Allison & Busby featured author, Colin MacInnes (author of Absolute Beginners). Three Houses allows us a snapshot of history from the busy literary center of London to the English coast. Charmingly expressive, these stunning memoirs are both reminiscent of the golden days of youth and an interesting vision of a writer and the early influences that informed her later work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this evocative memoir, originally published in 1931, Thirkell, the author of dozens of novels set in Barsetshire, recalls an idyllic childhood in Victorian England. Two of the three houses of the title are those of her grandfather, painter Edward Burne-Jones: a rambling town house and the seaside dwelling devised from two conjoined cottages ("a kind of rabbit warren most enchanting to a child") where her grandmother held sway; the third was her parents' home in Kensington Square, next door to Thackeray's old house. Thirkell's world was peopled with artistic and literary figures including her cousin, Rudyard Kipling, W.B. Yeats and Mrs. Patrick Campbell, whom she called "Auntie Stella." Thirkell remembers Sunday mornings snuggling in her mother's four-poster bed, being dressed in stiffly starched petticoats and pinafores, her favorite "Sacred Sunday Sausages," afternoon tea with fresh milk and buttered toast and attempts to creep into her grandfather's studio, a forbidden place where "sinister people called `models' lived." Thirkell was later to remark on those bygone days, "There is always in our minds the hope that we may find again those golden unhastening days and wake up and dream." This warm and charming reminiscence allows those who visit her "Three Houses" to share that dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749012397
Publisher:
Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date:
09/25/2015
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
691,893
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

ANGELA THIRKELL was born in London in 1890. At the age of twenty-eight, she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she became involved in broadcasting and was a frequent contributor to the British periodicals. She did not begin writing novels until she returned to Britain in 1930 but then produced one book a year almost every year until her death in 1961.

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