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The Resource A house in St John's Wood : in search of my parents, Matthew Spender

A house in St John's Wood : in search of my parents, Matthew Spender

Label
A house in St John's Wood : in search of my parents
Title
A house in St John's Wood
Title remainder
in search of my parents
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Spender
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A intimate portrait of Stephen Spender's extraordinary life written by Matthew Spender, shifting between memoir and biography, with new insights drawn from personal recollections and his father's copious unpublished archives. He made friends with W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood while at Oxford, and together the three had wild adventures in Europe, where they became early critics of Hitler and the rise of fascism. Like his friends, Stephen was drawn to other men, yet he eventually married Natasha Litvin, an ambitious young concert pianist, and together they started a family. Matthew Spender grew up in postwar England as the child of two celebrated artists deeply immersed in the political and cultural life of their times. His father, always susceptible to the allure of young men, was unable either to stop himself for the sake of his family, or to reveal his secret life; and his mother's suffering led her on a strange introspective quest of her own. 'A House in St. John's Wood' is at once a remarkably clear-eyed attempt to make sense of the many conflicting messages of his unconventional youth and a deeply felt portrait of his magnetic father and guarded mother. Drawing on a wide range of unpublished letters and diaries, secret documents and youthful memories, Matthew Spender tells the story of a singular family caught in the midst of its own cold war
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spender, Matthew
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Spender, Stephen
  • Spender, Natasha
  • Spender, Matthew
  • Poets, English
  • Critics
  • Pianists
Label
A house in St John's Wood : in search of my parents, Matthew Spender
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057864200
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 438 pages
Isbn
9780008132088
Lccn
2015022210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)953389826
Label
A house in St John's Wood : in search of my parents, Matthew Spender
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057864200
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 438 pages
Isbn
9780008132088
Lccn
2015022210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)953389826

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