Selasa, 02 Oktober 2012

David and Sylvia

I have a few half-written posts lying about in the draft section of Blogger, and tonight - coming in late, halfway through a book review and with the prospect of another Great British Bake Off recap on the horizon, I am turning to one of them.  I no longer remember the wider framework which I intended to use for a review of Sylvia & David: The Townsend Warner/Garnett letters.  So, instead, here are three wonderful quotations Sylvia Townsend Warner wrote to David Garnett...

Warner to Garnett, 1967: I go home on Saturday, and on Monday the decorator comes, and all the books will have to be moved from Valentine's sitting-room and dispersed through a house where there are far too many books already.  It will be a fine opportunity to read books I have forgotten we have, and even to find some I thought we had lost.  Of course we should also see it as an opportunity to weed out books we don't want.  Can you weed books?  I can't.  I discarded some Ruskin about thirty years ago and have often regretted it since.  I don't know why exactly - but I know it was a mistake.  I might have read it and liked it very much.

Warner to Garnett, 1972: 'What a lot of books we have written!  This is borne in on me because I have carried basketsful of them out of this room into the next'

Warner to Garnett, 1974: 'I have been having visitors too.  One of them was Peggy Ashcroft who summarised the plight of ageing actresses by saying in a smouldering voice "Now I have only Volumnia left me.". . .

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