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A House in St John's Wood  free pdf An 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shifting between memoir and biography, with new insights drawn from personal recollections and his father's copious unpublished archives. Stephen Spender's life was a vivid prism on the twentieth century. Having met Auden and Isherwood at Oxford, he joined the early vocal critics of Hitler participated in the Spanish Civil War. His efforts there became distracted by the need to save his lover from being shot as a deserter, and by the outbreak of the Second World War he was judged unfit to fight. He served instead as a fireman and later produced propaganda for the war effort - establishing a mysterious connection with the Foreign Office which has generated much speculation until now. Examining the growth of Spender's literary reputation and his later encounters with the CIA, this book sheds new light on his career. Always susceptible to the allure of young men, Spender remained married to his second wife, Natasha Litvin, but continued to believe in male relationships as an essential creative inspiration. In tension with Natasha's career as a musician after the birth of their two children, a considerable creative tension developed in the household. Stoical in her suffering, Natasha began to agonise over their marriage during her close friendship with Raymond Chandler. Insightful and revelatory, 'A House in St John's Wood' is the portrait of a marriage, a movement and a father whose complex brilliance continues to be felt widely - and among those closest to him.

About Matthew Spender

Matthew Spender is a British painter and sculptor who has worked for most of his life in Italy. He is the author of two books: 'Within Tuscany: Reflections on a Time and Place', and 'From a High Place: a Life of Arshile Gorky'- and the editor of: 'Il diario di Sintra', based on a diary written by Stephen Spender and Christopher Isherwood in Portugal in 1936- 'Goats on the Roof', a collection of documents and correspondence about the life of Arshile Gorky- and the forthcoming Francis Bacon, an introduction to Bacon's ideas on art.

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Author : Matthew Spender
Publisher : William Collins
Data Published : 27 August 2015
ISBN : 000814110X
EAN : 9780008141103
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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