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Enthusiasms

 
 
Author
Mark Girouard.
Publisher Frances Lincoln  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780711233294
Pages/Publication Date 192/2011
Daedalus Item Code 50663
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Does a neglected masterpiece by Jane Austen enshrine her first love affair? Who was Vita Sackville-West's real grandfather? And what clues are there to the identity of "Walter," doyen of Victorian pornographers? These and other excursions into literary or social history have developed out of Mark Girouard's avocational enthusiasmsódiversions from his occupation as an architectural historian. Also the author of the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize winner Life in the English Country House, Girouard gives us nine essays in which he calls attention to points that have not been noticed before, corrects fallacies that have got into general circulation, suggests, identifies, re-dates, refutes, or pours a little cold water on unjustified romanticisms: Was Oscar Wilde really down and out in Paris? When and why did P.G. Wodehouse mutate from hack to genius? And was Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead really Madresfield Court in Worcestershire?
 
 
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