Love Letters: Leonard Woolf & Trekkie Ritchie Parsons 1941-1968

Love Letters: Leonard Woolf & Trekkie Ritchie Parsons 1941-1968

by Judith Adamson, Leonard Woolf

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Love Letters: Leonard Woolf & Trekkie Ritchie Parsons 1941-1968 by Judith Adamson, Leonard Woolf

“To know you and love you has been the best thing in life.” —Leonard Woolf wrote to Trekkie Parsons in 1942.

Trekkie, a painter and book illustrator, was married to the publisher Ian Parsons who was away at war. Leonard was 61, Trekkie 39. They first got to know each other a few months after Virginia Woolf’s suicide. When Ian came back from the war, they became even closer. Trekkie, a feisty feminist, had never wanted a husband and now, it seemed, she had two, spending her weekends with Ian and weekdays with Leonard, and telling no one of their arrangement. That is how they lived for twenty-five years. Apart from a handful of letters, no one has read their correspondence, which Trekkie had sealed until after her death. These remarkable letters tell the story of their unusual relationship.

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ISBN-13: 9780712664738
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 04/23/2002
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Judith Adamson is Professor of English at Dawson College, Montreal, and the author of The Dangerous Edge, a political biography of Graham Greene. She selected and introduced the essays in Greene’s last book, Reflections.

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“To know you and love you has been the best thing in life.” —Leonard Woolf wrote to Trekkie Parsons in 1942.

Trekkie, a painter and book illustrator, was married to the publisher Ian Parsons who was away at war. Leonard was 61, Trekkie 39. They first got to know each other a few months after Virginia Woolf’s suicide. When Ian came back from the war, they became even closer. Trekkie, a feisty feminist, had never wanted a husband and now, it seemed, she had two, spending her weekends with Ian and weekdays with Leonard, and telling no one of their arrangement. That is how they lived for twenty-five years. Apart from a handful of letters, no one has read their correspondence, which Trekkie had sealed until after her death. These remarkable letters tell the story of their unusual relationship.

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