By Wendy W. Fairey
Wendy Fairey grew up between books. because the shy and studious daughter of famed Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham—F. Scott Fitzgerald's lover over the past years of his life—she all started as a toddler studying her manner in the course of the library Fitzgerald had assembled for her mom and escaped into the panorama of vintage English novels. Their protagonists grew to become her intimates, beginning with David Copperfield, whose sensibility and aspirations appeared so equivalent to her personal. She felt as simple as Jane Eyre yet craved the panache of Becky Sharp. English novels squired her to maturity, and Bookmarked is a memoir of that journey.
In a sequence of incredible chapters that mix the genres of non-public memoir and literary feedback, we stick to Fairey, refracted via her interpreting, as pupil, spouse, professor, mom, grandmother, and fortunately remarried author. E. M. Forster's Howards End is helping her do something about a failing marriage; Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Ramsay teaches vital classes approximately love and reminiscence. Like Eliot's Daniel Deronda, she learns simply as an grownup of her Jewish history (and learns additionally the id of her genuine father, the British thinker A. J. Ayer). during this intimate and encouraging e-book, Wendy Fairey indicates that her love of examining has been either a resource of deep own excitement and key to dwelling a satisfying and richly self-examined lifestyles.
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Wilson showed the lawyers the kind of man with whom they had to deal, and they dropped the case. Mr. Rolfe tried to get another to take up the case ' on spec ', as he put it, but failed, and so that matter passed away. The expression ' passed away ' was much favoured by whosoever wrote the attack on Rolfe ; indeed, there are many repeated turns of phrase which must have revealed to the victim the identity of his enemy. The Baron chiefly occupied himself in what he called ' beating up ' all the well-to-do Catholics, from the Duke of Norfolk downwards, for money to aid him in carrying out schemes which he put forward of colour-photography, submarine photography, new light for instantaneous photography, and all the rest.
He was a vegetarian and a perfect epicure in the matter of his diet, making out each day froll\ a cookery book the recipes for the day's meals. • . • · But, as already said, the people resolved to get rid of him. When the Baron realised that it was literally coming to a push, he would not stir out of the house : in the end he would not get out of bed lest, peradventure, he should be thrust forth. One evening about 6 o'clock the landlord besought the aid of a fellow-workman. They entered the Baron's bedroom, and the Baron was given ten minutes to dress and clear out.
Still, it was useless, I felt, without further knowledge, to attempt to assess the material of the newspaper attack. At least it gave me dates and information to cover the period from 1886 to 1898. Twelve years; in tllat time Rolfe had changed from an eccentric and curious painter into a writer of challenging gifts and powers. How ? There lay the real problem and wonder. I could not forget that the rapscallion so ruthlessly exposed had written Hadrian the Seventh. Save for my knowledge of that circumstance, I might have read the attack, as· one reads so many similar accounts in newspapers, with nothing more than a passing smile at a quaint impostor.