The Resource In the fifties, Peter Vansittart

In the fifties, Peter Vansittart

Label
In the fifties
Title
In the fifties
Statement of responsibility
Peter Vansittart
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The fifties are often dismissed as a featureless interlude but here Peter Vansittart, distinguished novelist and anthologist, rediscovers their forgotten yet distinct flavour, recalling the funny and bizarre, the sad, the momentous, sometimes the atrocious. Uninterested in fashion and fleeting reputations, he relishes the inescapable figures of Churchill and Lord Goddard, the generous but vain Shaw, the public-spirited Leonard Woolf. He sees Donald Wolfit sneezing, Alec Guinness nodding, John Masefield surviving
  • He teaches at a school to the left of A. S. Neill and Bertrand Russell, a breeding-ground of mirth and inconsequence. At the newly founded Institute of Contemporary Art he witnesses T. S. Eliot being rebuked in person for anti-Semitism and Colin Wilson lambasting gentility; and, elsewhere, Elias Canetti talking nonsense to a waitress. In Pooterish style, he advises a fat stranger (J. B. Priestley) to try his hand at writing, and tells a pleasant woman that C. P. Snow is no good, without realizing they are engaged. He gets tipped half a crown by Randolph Churchill, admires Camus, Pasternak and Isaiah Berlin, meets Arnold Toynbee and A. J. Ayer, and is grateful to Evelyn Waugh. But all these take their place alongside coffee-bar grotesques, a painted tramp on Hampstead Heath, everyday commonplaces of London life, and living survivors from a forgotten age
  • Pinpointing the decade's characteristic mixture of optimism and nostalgia, he also offers a unique perception of its literary and artistic landscape
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vansittart, Peter
Dewey number
  • 823/.914
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
  • PR6072.A76
  • DA566.4
LC item number
  • Z465 1995
  • .V3 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vansittart, Peter
  • Novelists, English
  • England
  • Novelists, English
  • England
  • Editors
Label
In the fifties, Peter Vansittart
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-254) and index
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 266 pages, [8] pages of plates ;
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035663991
Label
In the fifties, Peter Vansittart
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-254) and index
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 266 pages, [8] pages of plates ;
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035663991

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