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Author: Michael Holroyd
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Not long before his parents died in the 1980s, Michael Holroyd asked them to write some account of their early lives." "A biographer by profession, Holroyd had always assumed that his own family was perfectly English, or at least perfectly ordinary. But old photograph albums, papers found in the lining of an evening bag and crumbling documents in various public record offices gradually yield clues to a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Named Person: Michael Holroyd; Michael Holroyd
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Holroyd
ISBN: 0393048500 9780393048506
OCLC Number: 42753484
Description: xiv, 306 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Two Types of Ambiguity --
With Virginia Woolf at Sheffield Place --
The Swedish Experiment --
Links in the Chain --
The Breves Process: Tea into Glass --
The Coming of Agnes May --
A Triumph and Disaster --
Interval --
Literary Lapses --
Some Wartime Diversions --
Notes from Norburst --
Yolande's Story --
Scaitcliffe Revisited --
Three Weddings and a Funeral --
Eton --
Legal and Military --
The Third Mrs Nares --
Flight into Surrey --
Scenes from Provincial and Metropolitan Life --
Missing Persons --
Envoi --
Things Past.
Responsibility: Michael Holroyd.

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"Not long before his parents died in the 1980s, Michael Holroyd asked them to write some account of their early lives." "A biographer by profession, Holroyd had always assumed that his own family was perfectly English, or at least perfectly ordinary. But old photograph albums, papers found in the lining of an evening bag and crumbling documents in various public record offices gradually yield clues to a constellation of startling events and eccentric characters: a long, slow decline from English nobility on one side, and on the other a dramatic Scandinavian ancestry that could have been imagined by Isak Dineson. Fatal fires, suicides, bankruptcies, divorces, unconsummated longings, and the rumor of a fabulous Indian tea fortune ... all these flow from the pages of his parents' recollections, to which he adds his own."--Jacket.

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