She remained a crusading force against philistinism and conservatism throughout her life and her legacy lies as much in her unstinting support of other artists as it does in her own poetry. I suppose the theory in republishing Victoria of England, is that nothing relating to Queen Victoria will have changed since the time this book was written. How much was fact and how much was an economic truth? Full blue cloth, gold lettering in red spine panel. Size: 8vo Octavo standard book size. Edith Sitwell 1887-1964 was born into an aristocratic family and, along with her brothers, Osbert and Sacheverell, had a significant impact on the artistic life of the 20s. Sometimes history books can be tedious and boring but this is definitely not the case here - I loved it! Minor edge and corner wear, no dj, lightly scuffed and scratched, corners are lightly bumped and rubbed, some shelf wear, former owner's inscription and a date in pencil on the ffep, overall a very crisp and clean used first edition! The reissuing of this book will hopefully not only provide pleasurable and informative reading but will ensure that Edith Sitwell's legacy is preserved and enhanced.
Sitwell seems to be still in the dark about this and as such, is much more sympathetic towards Conroy, and even the Duchess of Kent, than might be expected. It's always difficult to look back at historical events with a modern lens. Doctor Who may know how to deal with this paradox, but I just find it perplexing. I remember first encountering a dusty hardback edition of Victoria of England first published in 1936 in the school library more than fifty years ago and this together with other books there by the now almost forgotten Geoffrey Trease helped to kindle a fascination for history and biography that remains. A rich exploration of Victorias reign and a social document of Victorian Britain, Victoria of England vividly illustrates the life of the iconic monarch with insight and emotion. The answer is simply the wonderful prose style that is displayed which is both concise and descriptive. It is also somewhat repetitive: after all, we do not need reminding that Victoria disliked a certain politician or presented herself as a grieving widow after the early death of husband Albert in every single chapter following the event.
Why is it that Victoria inspires our interest? No foxing in this copy. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I wanted to learn more about her. Victoria is crowned queen by the 16% mark, meets Albert at 30%, with Albert's death occurring 55% in. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. These are important matters, naturally, but I would have liked to have seen more of a link to Queen Victoria or her opinions on these subjects when so effusively mentioned in what is ostensibly a biography, not a more general dissertation on the Victorian era.
Sitwell manages to draw characters and conjure up descriptions of outward appearances as well as inner thoughts, which makes the book very personable. Whilst I appreciate this can make for a more interesting style of telling a tale, when it comes to grappling with the facts of history I found it a little confusing. But before I could get to the great queen herself, I found myself almost as intrigued by the writer, Dame Edith Sitwell who wrote this book in 1936. This book is available and ready to be shipped from our local warehouse. A rich exploration of Victoria's reign and a social document of Victorian Britain, Victoria of England vividly illustrates the life of the iconic monarch with insight and emotion. Victoria of England is not just a historical book, you see.
She also provides a vivid record of social conditions in Victoria's England. Making extensive use of Victoria's Letters and journal, Edith Sitwell brings alive the queen's relationships with her family and those surrounding the court. This is an interesting book, but more so because of its peculiarities, inherent to the period it was written in, than because of what we might learn about its subject. She fell in love with a gay artist and never married. She leaves her subject and meanders off into something more of a diatribe against the horrors that the working class then faced due to the changes brought on by the Industrial Revolution or the inadequacies of the judicial system at that time.
We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. Sitwell seems to be still in the dark about this and as such, is much more sympathetic towards Conroy, and even the Duchess of Kent, than might be expected. But befor Queen Victoria, Empress of India, wife and widow of Albert. This book is one of those that make learning so easy and accessible. Very good, no dust jacket. Unfortunately, we find the sovereign such a private person that her daily routine remains largely unexplained; we do, however, learn that she loved her family, never got over her beloved husband's death, apparently managed to remain quite diplomatic when dealing with foreign powers, and strongly disapproved of women's suffrage, somewhat ironic considering that she herself was a woman in charge of a nation and a Commonwealth. The Kensington system for example, or the way John Conroy tried to coerce a young Victoria into appointing him as her private secretary.
At one point there was an entire page listing all the products that would have been on the dressing table of the French Empress. But the lack of a linear narrative meant that I struggled at times to piece together the order of things. I appreciated the extensive research carried out by Sitwell in order to create an interesting and readable title full of intriguing information on the young Victoria, including her ascension to the throne and details about her love of Prince Albert. For example the use of multiple French quotes, none of which were translated. What is it about her lonely, imperious figure, shrouded in black, that keeps us coming back for more? I also disliked her disparaging attitude towards the Prince Consort, more specifically with regards to his work ethic.
Weaving in Victorias personal letters and diaries, Sitwell breathes life into the Queens relationships with her family and her court. Boston Houghton Mifflin C 1936. Victoria of England by Edith Sitwell is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July. These are important matters, naturally, but I would have liked to have seen more of a link to Queen Victoria or her opinions on these subjects when so effusively mentioned in what is ostensibly a biography, not a more general dissertation on the Victorian era. I wanted to get to know Victoria a bit better and when I saw Victoria of England appear on the book reviewer site, Netgalley, I was thrilled to put in a request to Agora books and have it approved.
Recommends This Book It is rare that one's principal interest when reading a biography is associated more with the biographer than with the subject of it but for me this was certainly the case here. I suppose it depends on your preference of genre, but it would be right up my street! The biography can therefore be viewed as part social history and succinctly places Victoria in a political and indeed geo political context as the great powers of Europe positioned themselves against each other to gain predominance. She also wrote books on poetry, as well as bio Dame Edith Sitwell was an interesting character. All opinions are, as always, my own. The queen's story also wasn't told in an entirely linear way.
Speaking of Sitwell, I got the distinct feeling she was a bit of a Victoria fan. Victoria was of course related to almost all the reigning monarchs at the time. Due to an extremely unhappy relationship with her parents, she lived with her governess for a long time, until that lady's death of cancer in the late 1930s. Book is in good condition. Very good blue buckram cloth. Spine is quite rubbed, lettering is just legible. Her dramatic style and poetic wording shines through in this biography, fictionalizing and romanticizing certain moments and figures throughout this book.