Time Will Tell: Memoirs

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Yvonne Kapp, best known today for her biography of Eleanor Marx, was a remarkable woman whose life spanned virtually the entire twentieth century. Time Will Tell charts her life: ?enfant terrible? in London, the literary editor of Vogue in France in the late 1920s, work for anti-fascist refugee committees in 1930s? London, research for the Amalgamated Engineering Union and the British Medical Research Council, then, in her later years, work as a translator and a biographer.

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Overview

Yvonne Kapp, best known today for her biography of Eleanor Marx, was a remarkable woman whose life spanned virtually the entire twentieth century. Time Will Tell charts her life: ‘enfant terrible’ in London, the literary editor of Vogue in France in the late 1920s, work for anti-fascist refugee committees in 1930s’ London, research for the Amalgamated Engineering Union and the British Medical Research Council, then, in her later years, work as a translator and a biographer.

Kapp is a gifted writer on the details of family life and a fine recorder of shifting political and cultural patterns. Accounts of the many encounters she had with various important figures—Quentin Bell, Rebecca West, Paul Robeson, John Heartfield, Melanie Klein and Herbert Morrison, to name only a few—are expertly woven into the fascinating story of her own life. This is the autobiography of a woman who took issue with the dominant political movements of her age, with Fascism and with Communism, while at the same time reflecting on the changing cultural and political climate in Britain during her lifetime.

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British writer Kapp, best known for Eleanor Marx, a two-volume biography of Karl's youngest daughter, offers memoirs of an international life. Rebellious and independent from childhood, she launched herself at 19 into adulthood by marrying an artist 12 years her senior against her parents' will. Then she and husband Edmund (Peter) Kapp left on a hiking honeymoon along the French and Italian Riviera. Money problems curbed their carefree, bohemian existence, however, often forcing them to depend on friends for a place to stay. Yvonne found work as literary editor for Vogue in Paris, while Peter tried to paint. Sadly, the marriage ended, and Yvonne returned to London and worked with refugee committees, joining the Communist Party and remaining a member until her death in 1999. Although somewhat less than candid about her personal life (she skips over the details of her divorce, for instance), Kapp provides an insider's perspective on the years before and during World War II. Especially informative is her account of working as a research officer for the Amalgamated Engineering Union, a position that revealed much about the British Labor Movement and politics. Valuable for its historical insight, this book is recommended for large public libraries.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859845103
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Foreword and Acknowledgement xxi
Part 1 Beginnings 1
Part 2 Married Life 69
Part 3 From Literature to Politics 137
Part 4 New Horizons 207
Envoi 287
Afterword 289
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